Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.



Short Description

American Water has an exciting opportunity for a Director, Corporate Counsel supporting their Midwest region! If you’ve been looking for a challenging, visible role with a dynamic team, this may be perfect for you! We are a growing organization, offering employees both upward and lateral development opportunities, and a top-rated benefits package. American Water prides itself on its community stewardship, its committment to safety and ethical practices, and fostering an inclusive (and fun!) culture. Apply today for immedidate consideration! 

Primary Role

Provide solutions oriented, proactive, high quality legal counsel and advice on a wide variety of legal risks and opportunities including: utility regulation, business development, corporate commercial matters, real estate, environmental, litigation, contracts, and other matters.  Effectively manage outside counsel as necessary on such matters.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide solutions oriented, proactive, high quality, legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of matters, with a particular focus on utility regulatory matters, business development and corporate and commercial matters, including rates and other regulatory filings and hearings, and business development deal structure, document drafting, due diligence, and negotiations.  These duties extend to real estate transactions (purchase, sale, and easements), engineering projects and environmental matters. 
  • Direct, participate in and assist in judicial and administrative proceedings, with responsibility for specific items or entire proceedings as appropriate.  Such matters include but are not limited to: utility commission and environmental protection proceedings, general litigation, mediations, arbitrations, administrative hearings, customer complaint proceedings, and other dispute resolution proceedings.
  • Provide legislative/regulatory evaluations and advice, including the drafting of proposed legislation or changes thereto and providing explanation of the organization’s position on such matters for legislators and governmental stakeholders. Lead governance of PAC’s.
  • Represent the organization in making presentations before internal and external committees, boards, commissions, and/or other governmental organizations.
  • Assist in the maximization of quality, cost and efficiency of acquired external legal services. Manage state legal budgets and spend.
  • Report to Divisional General Counsel while providing services to state subsidiaries in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan
  • Perform other projects as assigned by the American Water Vice President & Deputy General Counsel or Executive Vice President & General Counsel and state Presidents.
  • Based in Belleville, IL.

Knowledge / Skills

  • Expertise in one or more practice areas relevant to the business; i.e., public utility laws and regulations, corporate and commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and other business development transactions, litigation, real estate transactions, environmental, and administrative law.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, analytical and drafting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on initiative, knowledge sharing, teambuilding and decision-making. 
  • Strong business acumen and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a variety of teams.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities and crisis situations. 
  • Ability to balance legal risks and business objectives, providing a range of solutions and relative risk related to each. 
  • Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information in a proper manner. 
  • Work effectively with all levels within the organization as well as key external stakeholders.


Prioritizes & Role Models Safety


Develops Talent

Plans, Aligns, & Directs

Drives Engagement

Decision Quality

Experience / Education

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience as a licensed, practicing attorney with strong corporate and commercial experience desired (may have a combination of law firm and corporate experience).
  • Licensed to practice in the state of Illinois or Missouri, with ability to obtain professional licensing reciprocity or corporate in-house attorney status in other divisional states, if available.

Travel Requirements

  • Overnight and extended periods of travel may be necessary.



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American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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