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Counsel, Lower 48

Midland, TX
Full Time
Job #: 00U0B Exp.: 3+ Years
If you are selected as the Counsel – Lower 48, you will report to Managing Counsel – Lower 48 Legal. You will serve as a member of the legal team and support ConocoPhillips’ Lower 48 Permian Business Unit (Permian BU).

Location will be in Houston, TX or Midland, TX.

Responsibilities may include:
  • Draft and negotiate oil and gas leases, acquisition and divestiture agreements, acreage trade agreements, exploration and development agreements, surface use and access agreements, unit and joint operating agreements, and farmout agreements among other types of agreements common to the industry
  • Provide legal advice to management and staff regarding lease maintenance, royalty payments, title issues, joint operating agreements, accounting issues, state and federal oil and gas regulations specific to exploration and production related issues to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations
  • Collaborate with other L48 Legal attorneys generally and with others supporting Permian BU on matters that have general applicability
  • Collaborate with other functions within the Company and the Legal Department, such as Regulatory, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Supply Chain, and Environmental on matters affecting those specialty areas

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States as a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee or asylee
  • Juris Doctor degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association
  • Admission to the State Bar of Texas or New Mexico
  • 3+ years direct experience handling domestic oil and gas exploration and production transactions and related agreements and legal issues
  • Willing and able to travel 10% (with or without reasonable accommodations) on a yearly basis

  • Previous knowledge and experience in exploration and production transactions and related contracts
  • Thorough working knowledge of case law, statutory, and regulatory framework pertaining to exploration and production transactions and operations
  • Previous experience handling private and federal royalty and accounting disputes
  • General familiarity with legal principles associated with environmental, antitrust, and other areas of the law associated with general corporate, commercial and work
  • Thrives in an environment that prioritizes collaboration and collegiality among members of the Legal Department
  • Mature judgment and discretion
  • Strong individual initiative, discipline, and commitment to superior performance and continuous improvement
  • Strong negotiation, advocacy, presentation and collaboration skills
  • Strong analytical, conceptual, problem-solving, planning, evaluation and legal project management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication and contract drafting skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize assignments that may be broad in scope and complexity, and that involve collaboration with employees in different departments or with varying levels of seniority
  • Ability to work independently within broadly defined objectives, performing job functions without extensive supervision
  • Ability to learn quickly and apply Company policies, procedures, operations, and industry practices
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate, orally and in writing, with Legal Department management, internal business clients, and external parties
  • Ability to effectively of knowledge and experience in establishing and weighing alternatives for making decisions associated with area of responsibility
  • Ability to establish professional credibility with variety of clients and management
  • Delivers results through realistic planning to accomplish goals
  • Listens actively and invites new ideas for exchanged opinions, then influences and acts to drive positive performance and achieve results

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of May 3, 2021.

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Closing Date: 3rd May, 2021

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