Sr. Legal Counsel

WGL Holdings Inc   •  

Washington, DC

Industry: Energy & Utilities


8 - 10 years

Posted 57 days ago

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Job Description

Position Summary

Under general direction, responsible for advising corporate management (Human Resources, Finance, Accounting and Tax) on complex and sophisticated legal activities involving the design, administration, internal operations, fiduciary issues and tax compliance of retirement, welfare, and executive compensation plans.

Tasks and Responsibilities

• Participates in the development of corporate legal policy regarding retirement, welfare and executive compensation plans

• Advises on the design, administration, compliance and tax qualification of qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation plans (i.e., pension, 401(k) and executive compensation plans (including guidance under 162(m), 409A, 280G)

• Advises on the development, implementation and administration of cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts, medical benefit plans and VEBAs, and addresses compliance with PPACA (health care reform), COBRA, HIPAA (portability, privacy and security), MHPA, USERRA, non-discrimination testing, benefits, retiree coverage, and other operational issues

• Advises on fiduciary issues related to the investments and operations of pension and welfare plans and VEBAs, including advice on ERISA fiduciary duties in administering such plans, as well as fiduciary responsibilities in investment transactions and other compliance matters

• Advises on day-to-day issues related to pension and welfare benefits programs, including plan design and drafting, compliance with existing and new statutory and regulatory requirements, drafting of participant notices, SPDs and other plan-related documents, compliance with reporting and disclosure requirements

• Advises on corporate and employment transactions, government correction programs, IRS and DOL audits, controlled group rules, appeals controversies and plan termination

• Participates with other legal counsel and management team on benefits litigation, review of QDROs, and negotiation of benefits-related contracts and investment-related transactional work

• Counsels and renders legal opinions, memorandums and recommendations helpful to management

• Examines pending or current legislation and advises appropriate persons of pertinent court and administrative decisions

• Represents the Company's interests before the courts, regulatory agencies, commissions, and other outside groups

• Manages the selection and engagement of outside counsel

• Reviews and advises on administrative filings other than tax

• May provide technical guidance to less experienced attorneys

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

• Juris Doctorate

• 7+ Years of progressive legal experience after receiving law degree with demonstrated skills in corporate, litigation, human resources or regulatory matters; bar membership in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia is required

• Experience successfully negotiating legal agreements and resolving disputes with a high degree of discretion and trust

• Demonstrated extensive knowledge of several legal disciplines and the practices and procedures required to solve highly complex work initiatives in a legal environment

• Proven ability to successfully resolve disputes with business partners

• Demonstrated experience in a leadership role in directing established teams or projects to successful completion of targeted goals

• Proven ability to successfully negotiate business agreements and to resolve disputes with business partners

• Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and analyze multiple scenarios in solving broadly defined or complex business problems

• Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex messages to diverse audiences to all levels of an organization

• Proven ability to use computer software and applications, including Microsoft Office, to share, retrieve, research and present business and legal information