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Assistant General Counsel

Company: Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP
Location: littleton
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Salary Range: $145,000- $175,000 annually, based on qualifications and experience.

Operating across 11 states, Tallgrass is a leading energy and infrastructure company with transportation, storage, terminal, water, gathering and processing assets that serve some of the nation's most prolific crude oil and natural gas basins.

We were named to Colorado's Top Workplaces list for the past six consecutive years. Tallgrass strives to create an environment where all employees feel they are safe, respected, that their contributions are valued, have equal access to growth and development opportunities. Our Total Rewards Package is comprehensive and competitive - designed to meet the needs of our employees and their families. We offer our employees competitive base pay; an annual bonus; paid time off for vacation, sick time, holidays, bereavement and caregiver leave; Health, Dental, and Vision insurance; a generous 401K savings plan; company-paid Life insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability insurance; Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts; Employee Assistance Programs; Education/Training Assistance; Wellness Program; Identity Theft Protection; and Critical Illness and Accident insurance.



Provide legal support and counsel in the areas of claims management and dispute resolution, procurement and non-commercial contracting, employment and HR, insurance and risk management, construction contracting and project support, and special projects. Direct the defense of the company against suits or claims and coordinate the prosecution of the Company's claims.


  • Serve as key internal legal resource on all company claims and litigation matters.
  • Function as a liaison between outside attorneys and in-house staff. Directs cases through litigation cycle, reviews new files for coverage and liability issues, and develops a cost-effective defense strategy.
  • Consults with General Counsel and other senior management to resolve issues and decide settlements.
  • Facilitate and oversee outside counsel and expert witnesses in dispute resolution proceedings including litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Coordinate with and work with outside counsel on any of the foregoing matters.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, other internal meetings and meetings with outside counsel and opposing parties and their counsel.
  • Negotiate or assist in negotiating the resolution of complex business disputes.
  • Assist on a secondary basis Project Management and Operations with their projects by hiring outside counsel or other resources, where needed, and preparing and reviewing facilities agreements, equipment purchases, and litigation matters with other Tallgrass attorneys whose primary responsibility is to Project Management and Operations for the Tallgrass gas pipelines.
  • Provide legal counsel and guidance in the ordinary and special activities of the corporation to ensure maximum protection of its legal rights and to maintain its operations within the limits prescribed by law.
  • Direct the defense of the corporation against suits or claims and prepares the prosecution of the corporation's claims against others.
  • Prepare litigation reports / presentations and brief the General Counsel as requested on all open litigation matters.
  • Work with other Legal Department lawyers, and work independently with other internal departments, to provide legal advice and work product in a wide variety of matters involving claims, disputes and litigation matters, employment matters, and immigration matters.
  • Assist with and/or represent company in submittals and meetings with state and federal agencies.
  • Resolve customer disputes.
  • Deal with a wide variety of people with tact, courtesy and professionalism.
  • Speak clearly, both in person and by telephone, using a high level of verbal skills and listen carefully.
  • Maintain a regular, dependable attendance and a consistently high level of performance.
  • Work non-traditional hours as needed.
  • Maintain a high regard for personal safety, for the safety of company assets and employees, and the public.
  • Other daily, weekly, monthly or special project duties as identified and defined.
  • Other duties as assigned.




  • Juris Doctor from an accredited institution.


  • A minimum of seven years' experience, in-house or private practice, supporting corporate and business operations.
  • Significant experience with commercial dispute resolution and litigation, particularly in the areas of construction and procurement.
  • Experience reviewing, negotiating, and drafting procurement and construction contracts.
  • A working understanding of risk management and commercial insurance programs.
  • Familiarity with federal and (as applicable to the Company) state employment laws and regulations.
  • Intermediate proficiency level in MS Office applications that may include but are not limited to Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.


  • Must be licensed to practice law in the U.S.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and a driving record satisfactory to the company and its insurers (for travel).


  • Strong analytical skills and logical thought processes, with the ability to identify potential legal, regulatory or compliance issues.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize daily work and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently as well as the ability to work well in a team environment. take direction from management, adhere to required work schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules.
  • Ability to successfully perform multiple tasks with strict deadlines.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize daily work.


All of the physical requirements listed below are those that may be necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sitting; standing; walking or moving throughout facility; driving; talking; seeing (specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus); hearing; feeling; bending or stooping; squatting or crouching; reaching; kneeling; pushing; pulling; lifting up to 25 lbs.
  • Minimal safety hazards; general office working conditions.
  • Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • The employee is regularly required to use hands to type, touch, handle, or feel. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.
  • Required to carry a cell phone and be available to respond during working and non-working hours.
  • The successful candidate will be required to clear a drug screen and a complete background check, including credit report for certain positions, after an offer has been extended and prior to being employed.


  • None


Above the minimum requirements, not required but advantageous in this position:

  • Ten (10) years' experience supporting corporate and business operations.
  • Experience in the energy transportation field primarily liquids and bulk terminals, products pipelines, and natural gas pipelines.
  • Previous experience working in-house with an interstate gas pipeline company.
  • Employment law experience.
  • Top 25% of graduating class.
  • Previous experience working in energy, pipeline or other highly regulated business environments.
  • Licensed to practice law in Colorado and Kansas.


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This position may perform other duties as assigned.


Job level and compensation commensurate with experience and skill sets; position will be filled depending on qualifications, experience and skill sets of the successful candidate.

Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status. EOE/M/F/D/V

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