Water Attorney

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Date: Aug 7, 2022

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

Seeking an experienced attorney to join SRP’s in-house legal team to provide legal guidance and advice to SRP client departments on water law and water rights that will shape strategic decision-making in the water and power industry.  The candidate’s knowledge of federal and state water laws and regulations will be key in shaping the company’s policies in light of evolving business needs and industry trends.  The candidate should have a demonstrated interest and deep desire to achieve excellence as a water lawyer and should be capable of producing high quality analysis on complex legal matters, with additional experience in negotiating and drafting complex agreements.  A demonstrated ability to (1) prioritize multiple matters and issues while keeping management informed of developments, (2) constructively contribute to high functioning teams of professionals, (3) develop collaborative relationships both internally and externally, particularly with federal, state and tribal government attorneys and other personnel, (4) research, problem solve, critically think, develop creative solutions to unique/difficult problems, and communicate results verbally and in writing.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide high quality legal advice to support SRP’s core water and power functions and protection of SRP’s shareholder water rights.
  • Teamwork:  Must function well in a team environment comprised of clients from various SRP departments, other in-house lawyers, outside counsel, government relations representatives, technical experts, paralegals and legal technicians, and exhibit appropriate professional deference to SRP decisionmakers.
  • Develop cooperative, productive, and effective working relationships with SRP client departments, SRP contracted expert and legal counsel, lawyers and executives representing third parties, regulatory agency officials, elected representatives and staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Research complex legal issues and draft written memoranda, summaries, agreements, and other legal materials.
  • Conduct complex negotiations to resolve water rights conflicts and draft term sheets and settlement agreements to memorialize the resolution. 
  • Conduct complex negotiations for use of reclamation project facilities and draft legal agreements to memorialize the terms.
  • Manage, coordinate, and support outside counsel with litigation related to water and power issues, including Arizona’s general stream adjudications.
  • Analyze federal and state legislation for impacts to SRP’s core business functions.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Organize and coordinate projects with minimal supervision.
  • Handle all duties with confidentiality, discretion and good judgment.

The duties listed above provide an overview of potential responsibilities and do not reflect an exhaustive list.


Completion of a Juris Doctor (JD ) from an accredited institution.


Preferred that the candidate have five or more years of legal experience with solid performance advising clients on water law and water rights matters. 

Corporate Attorney or experience related to the assignment.

Additional Information

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Candidate must be admitted to practice law in Arizona (or if admitted to practice out of state, the ability to attain Arizona State Bar admission within 18 months).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to work independently with high self‐initiative in carrying out job responsibilities. 
  • Maintains a clear understanding of SRP strategies and business objectives by active involvement with key management team members to ensure appropriate linkage of business strategies and legal issues.


Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 14443



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement


Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement


In order to promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.



Why Work at SRP


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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