Lead Counsel, Global HSES

LyondellBasell Industries   •  

Houston, TX

Industry: Chemicals


11 - 15 years

Posted 301 days ago

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The Lead Counsel, HSES position is responsible for legal analysis and advice on health, safety, environmental and security matters. Areas covered include: environmental matters, such as air emissions and permitting, remediation, third party cost recovery and enforcement; process safety matters, including PSM and OSHA enforcement; security issues arising under applicable rules; and product safety matters. The position also involves counseling and overseeing on matters outside the U.S. and providing legal support on HSES issues in M&A.  The position will require knowledge of existing and potential laws, regulations and standards in these areas, and the ability to learn and understand those regulations in jurisdictions where counsel needs outside guidance. This position will manage outside counsel or experts in matters from time to time, including establishment and management of scope of work, budgets, reporting and work product. This position is expected to have a high degree of responsibility for thorough analysis and handling of these matters, including advising clients, other attorneys in the Legal Department (including the Chief Legal Officer), and senior executives. This position will supervise one lawyer and one paralegal, and it will report to the AGC, HSES & Global Real Estate.


  • Analysis of complex factual issues in HSEs matters, including working with technical teams, executives of the company, or others to ensure a thorough understanding of the issues.
  • Analysis of complex legal issues applicable to HSES matters, including laws of different states in the U.S. and laws of foreign jurisdictions, either through individual research or working with local legal experts in other jurisdictions.
  • Preparing detailed analyses, reports, and presentations on HSES issues to various company representatives, including the Chief Legal Officer and senior executives.
  • Managing outside law firms or experts involved in HSES matters, including setting and maintaining budgets for HSES matters.
  • Working withothers to prepare quarterly or other summaries necessary for financial or otherreporting.
  • Handling specific HSES issues directly with third parties, including potential claims against the company or claims by the company.
  • Supervising work performed by others.


  • Undergradutate degree and Juris Doctorate degree
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas or other states in the U.S., as applicable
  • 10+ years of experience representing companies in an in-house or outside capacity in various HSES matters as noted above, including working with government agencies on these issues. 
  • Experience in the refining and petrochemicals industries is preferred
  • International experience is a plus


  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence others on legal and other matters
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proactive and aggressive approach to understanding, evaluating, and advising upon complex HSES legal matters