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Argonne National Laboratory Environmental Law Attorney in Lemont, Illinois

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking an Environmental Law Attorney for our Legal Department. You will join a team of eight attorneys and six support staff and report to our General Counsel in support of the mission and operation of a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory. This role open pending a retirement in 2024 and will continue to deliver the following:

  • Provide legal advice, counsel and representation to all levels of management in support of the legal and business needs of the Laboratory on matters in a variety of practice areas.

  • Specifically, provide legal support to Laboratory efforts in formulating and implementing policies involving environmental, safety, health and transportation initiatives and requirements.

  • Assignments may be in various additional area(s) of legal expertise such as litigation, dispute resolution, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requirements and other regulatory matters, prime contract management and compliance and state and federal privacy matters.

  • Directing and managing outside counsel providing legal services to the Laboratory.

  • Maintaining a body knowledge regarding current legislation, statutes, decisions and Department of Energy orders.

This job description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all required activities, duties and responsibilities. Consequently, incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois or eligible for a limited practice license in Illinois as in-house counsel.

  • Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school with at least six (6) years of experience acting as legal counsel in environmental, safety and health legal issues, including representation of clients in resolution of complaints before outside agencies, such as the IEPA, required.

  • Experience with federal regulatory compliance.

  • Skill in guiding the development of complex policy and strategy with senior management.

  • Experience participating in multi-disciplinary teams including interacting with all Legal Department staff on a variety of issues and dealing effectively with clients and their problems at all levels; and functioning efficiently and independently under time constraints and pressure.

  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork.

  • Experience providing legal counsel regarding federal and state privacy issues, working with a national laboratory or other federal government contractor or agency working on federally funded research and development, and experience managing outside counsel is preferred.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (PT5 or PT6) dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills brought to the position, as well as the amount of relevant experience. The requirements of the various levels are as follows:

  • PT5 Level: Bachelor’s and 10+ years of experience or equivalent; some occupations may require graduate degree and 6+ years

  • PT6 Level: Bachelor’s and 15+ years of experience or equivalent; some occupations may require graduate degree and 10+ years

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Professional Administrative (PA)

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