PDC Energy

  • Associate General Counsel

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  • Job Description


    A brief description summarizing the overall purpose and objectives of the position and the results the worker is expected to accomplish.


    The Associate General Counsel assists in protecting PDC Energy’s legal interest and maintains its operations within the scope established by law. Provides hands-on counsel to all levels of executive staff and assist in managing the operations of legal department. Identifies and analyzes legal issues, drafts key documents, presents clear recommendations to top management, and assures legal compliance. PDC Energy’s Associate General Counsel is primarily responsible for the development, implementation, and management of programs to aid in assisting the general counsel in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations related to PDC Energy’s oil & gas operations nationwide. In addition, this position will support the Company’s acquisitions and divestiture activities, all facets of the Company’s securities matters, corporate finance transactions and day to day oil and gas matters. This position will also assist the General Counsel in managing most litigation and contract review, as well as other legal projects assigned.



    The tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the position that are most important to get the job done.

    1. Assist Business Development function in legal advice and due diligence for acquisitions and dispositions of assets (including through corporate mergers);
    2. Draft and review SEC filings and drafts;
    3. Leadership role in all corporate finance activity;
    4. Involvement in employment and human relations activities;
    5. Strong interaction with Senior Management Team and Board members;
    6. Review, negotiation and approval of legal contracts for the corporation;
    7. Provides legal advice on complex issues concerning the rights, obligations and privileges of the corporation;
    8. Evaluates strategy and manages lawsuits and administrative actions;
    9. Keeps abreast of legislative and administrative regulatory developments, particularly in the environmental area, as they affect the corporation;
    10. Assist corporate secretary function;
    11. Performs other tasks as directed by General Counsel;
    12. Manages and supervises outside counsel, where appropriate, to complete the above duties.


    The specific minimum competencies required for job performance.

    1. Strong technical knowledge of all legal regulations of areas of interest;
    2. Effectively present information and respond to questions from stakeholders;
    3. Motivated self-starter;
    4. Abilities of self-sufficiency and flexibility to work in a growing and evolving function;
    5. Strong personable skills to work with internal employees and external contractors;
    6. Clarity of communication, both written and oral;
    7. Strong presentation and project management skills;
    8. Ability to manage multiple projects.


    The scope of the person’s authority, including a list of jobs that report to the incumbent.  


    This position will have multiple direct reports.



    The environment in which the job is performed, especially any unique conditions outside a normal office environment.

    1. Normal office environment conditions;
    2. Periodic travel to field offices.



    The minimum level of education, experience, and certifications required to perform the job.

    1. Doctor of Jurisprudence with 8-10 years of progressive experience;
    2. Licensed attorney with the State of Colorado and Texas experience preferred;
    3. Prior law firm experience is required;
    4. Exploration and production oil & gas experience required;
    5. In- house experience strongly preferred.


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