Superstition-Mountains
Employment

Attorney III Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO)

 

Represents residential ratepayers on behalf of the Residential Utility Consumer Office in complex proceedings before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) relating to electric, gas, telecommunication, water and wastewater rates.

Counsel’s role includes:

  • Providing legal and policy advice to the CEO and Chief Counsel;
  • Overseeing every aspect of the litigation of large, complex rate cases;
  • Working with the Chief Counsel to develop legal strategy for each case and implements that strategy; 
  • Preparing and directing discovery, strategizing arguments and positions, facilitating the drafting and review of expert testimonies (Accountants, Engineers, Financial Experts, etc.);
  • Overseeing the hiring of experts outside the Agency and facilitating their testimonies;
  • Prosecuting RUCO’s case at hearing and defending RUCO’s positions;
  • Preparing all legal filings with Chief Counsel and representing and appearing on behalf of RUCO at the Open Meetings and various proceedings; and 
  • Providing advice and strategic direction to the Chief Counsel and CEO on all policy matters in which RUCO is involved.

Additional responsibilities include: 

  • Working with Chief Counsel on all aspects of RUCO’s Appellate practice including the drafting of Motions for Rehearing, Appellate Notices and Briefs as well as representing RUCO in Appellate oral arguments and/or assisting hired outside counsel;
  • Participating on behalf of RUCO in meetings with utilities and public and private interest groups and ratepayer meetings;
  • Responsible for organizing and preparing responses to Freedom of Information Act disclosures;
  • Tracking and assisting with implementation of legislative changes; and
  • Creating associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders. 

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of administrative law, trial and appellate practice, utility rate regulation and financial accounting.
  • Knowledge of Arizona constitutional provisions, statutes, case law, and regulations regarding utility regulation.
  • Knowledge of open meeting law and procedural rules applicable to Commission hearings, Superior Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
  • Knowledge of the principles of constitutional and administrative hearing procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of utility rate-making preferred.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods, legal principles and their applications.

SKILLS:

  • Must display skill in writing, communication and litigation.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and apply relevant statutes and rules.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and apply relevant policies, politics, and other non-legal considerations to further the agency’s mission.
  • Ability to interact with and form associations with the public, stakeholders and the Commission on agency’s related issues.
  • Ability to present arguments clearly and logically in both written and oral form.
  • Ability to perform extensive legal research, including internet and computer-aided research.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.

Must be a licensed Arizona attorney and a member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing.

 

Travel to hearings in-state and to conferences in-state and/or out-of-state will be required for this position.