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Southern Company Senior Counsel in Atlanta, Georgia

Senior Counsel



This position is responsible for handling legal matters in the area of labor and employment law and other issues as assigned by management, directing and assisting outside counsel, assisting in the implementation of legal policies and practices for Southern Company entities, providing legal counsel to management and business units within the subsidiaries of Southern Company, performing broad-based risk assessment for business units, including evaluation of threatened and pending litigation and performing such other duties as assigned by the Associate General Counsel .


  • Graduate of an American Bar Association accredited law school with at least an L.L.B. or J.D. degree and strong academic credentials.

  • At least 6 years of experience practicing in relevant areas of law as in-house counsel and/or in private practice.

  • Licensed to practice law in one or more states in which the company or its subsidiaries operate.

  • Experience providing advice on the interplay between business and legal/regulatory considerations.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines.

  • Knowledge of utility regulations and rules that impact the employment relationship a plus.

  • Experience in development, implementation and defense of affirmative action plans a plus.

  • Knowledge and experience in OFCCP regulatory compliance a plus.

  • Knowledge in Labor relations a plus.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

  • Extensive analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Substantial negotiation and/or consulting experience.

  • Able to work autonomously on complex projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to exhibit Southern Style

  • Must be willing to occasionally travel


  • Advise Southern Company employees and management (system-wide) on a broad range of employment and labor relations legal matters, and other applicable, federal and state statutes and regulations affecting the business.

  • Draft and negotiate a broad range of agreements, opinions, policies, agency position statements, on a broad range of employment related issues

  • Assist in the development and deployment of employment compliance related policies and practices, especially ones aimed at risk mitigation and management.

  • Direct and assist outside counsel representing Southern Company entities in employment and labor related transactional, litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters.

  • Provide legal advice as requested among affiliates related to employment, labor, and associated regulatory matters

  • Provide advice to clients concerning compliance with applicable federal and state statutes, rules and regulations. Oversee the development, implementation and defense of system-wide affirmative action plans.

  • Direct the work of para-professional and administrative staff.


Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America?s premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America?s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune?s annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law. #LI

Job Field: Legal & Compliance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Southern Company Headquarters - 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW (30ATLANTA)

30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2008517

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