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Legal Services: Assistant General Counsel at American Chemistry Council

Posted on: 5 Mar 2019 63 views
: Assistant General Counsel
: American Chemistry Council (ACC)
: JD

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for providing legal counsel and policy support on the American Chemistry Council (ACC) advocacy issues related to chemical products, protecting ACCs legal interests, and ensuring compliance with applicable laws. The position is also responsible for managing legal matters in assigned areas, including assisting in the selection of outside counsel as needed, managing outside counsel, and ensuring projects come in at or below budget. The position coordinates legal issues with appropriate in-house ACC colleagues and reports directly to the Deputy General Counsel.   

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides legal counsel, strategic advice, and policy support on regulatory, litigation and legislative advocacy issues arising under federal environmental statutes including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA and RCRA.
  • Develops and writes regulatory comments, position papers and other advocacy documents.
  • Manages litigation, including settlement negotiations, using outside counsel as appropriate.
  • Provides preventative liability and antitrust counseling for assigned groups, including reviewing agendas, minutes and other communications materials.
  • Manages selection, oversight and budget of outside counsel, including ensuring that the work product is of high quality and within budget.
  • Coordinates with member companies on matters of legal importance to ACC and its members.
  • Builds and maintains positive and results-oriented relationships with ACC staff, member company representatives and relevant third parties.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • J.D. from an accredited law school. 
  • Admission to the bar to practice law.
  • Minimum of 12 years’ experience as an attorney, with substantial general regulatory practice and advocacy experience in environmental law, including the regulatory standard-setting process under section 111 and 112 of the Clean Air Act.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to process complex, technical, abstract verbal and written information for purposes of establishing a beneficial messaging framework, strategy, direction and action plans.
  • Ability to simplify complex, technical and legal issues and work with ACC communications personnel to convey these issues to external stakeholders.
  • Ability to provide strategic counseling, develop plans and execute supporting tactics.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with competing priorities and exercise sound judgment in evaluating such situations and issues.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment both with ACC colleagues and as part of industry coalitions established for purposes of regulatory comment submittal or litigation.
  • Ability to build consensus.


  • Past experience working in a federal or state regulatory agency, trade association or in-house counsel position. 

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