Senior Attorney - Corporate / SEC /Commercial

Date: May 16, 2024

Location: PHOENIX, AZ, US, 85004-3903

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.


Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.


Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.  


Senior Attorney - Corporate / SEC /Commercial is focused primarily on commercial legal matters related to utility Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) contracts, including SaaS agreements; data privacy; cybersecurity; and other commercial matters.

What your day would be like:

You are responsible for:

  • Five (5) years of Commercial and/or Litigation experience, with a focus in these specialties, is required.
  • Leading complex contract negotiations with IT and OT vendors, monitoring and ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws relating to data privacy and cybersecurity, developing solutions to a variety of complex legal projects, applying established policies and procedures, and exercising considerable independent judgment and discretion.
  • Contractual drafting and negotiating skills.
  • Collaboration across all levels of the Company and cross-functional teams and interacts frequently with one or more senior management representatives on significant legal matters.
  • Regular use of ingenuity and innovation, applying complete understanding and application of relevant legal principles to drive positive results consistent with business goals, including the company’s Clean Energy Commitment and focus on safety.
  • Individual exercises considerable latitude and judgment in determining approaches to assignments and accomplishing objectives and must be able to function in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and matters.

Minimum Requirements

Senior Attorney - Corporate / SEC /Commercial

  • Degree from an accredited law school; Licensed state bar member in good standing may be required to become a member of the State Bar of Arizona;
  • PLUS 5 years of experience with significant exposure to corporate clients and the types of legal issues regularly faced by large public companies.

Highly Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with the following: IT vendor agreements, SaaS (Software as a Service), data privacy law, and drafting/negotiating NDA's (non-disclosure agreements). 

Major Accountabilities

1) Independently perform a variety of legal services, which involve a high level of complex and difficult legal and/or factual issues in connection with the Company's operations.

2) Counsel officers and senior management in the development of strategy regarding contract negotiations and claims by recommending specific courses of action based on extensive research, investigation, analysis, and experience.

3) Provide preliminary instruction, monitor performance of assignments, review soundness of approach/arguments and application of legal principles of outside counsel retained by the company.
4) Maintain positive working relationship with internal and external customers.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Flex Role:
This position is not required to be performed at a specific APS facility as long as adequate technology and a solid ergonomic set up are present. Pending agreement with leadership, employees hired into this role will be able to choose where they prefer to perform their work. Employees will have two options to choose from: 

  • APS office based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from an APS facility.
  • Home based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from his/her home.


*Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need. 

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