Legal Counsel at Berkeley Lab - Berkeley, CA

  • 27 Nov 2019 9:12 AM
    Message # 8142066
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Berkeley Lab has an exciting new Legal Counsel opportunity to be part of a vital in-house legal department at the nation's premier national research laboratory doing a broad range of cutting-edge law and counselling. We are looking for a bright, collegial early career attorney to join the Office of Laboratory Counsel at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn the business of the Laboratory in a supportive environment, while providing legal advice and counsel in the areas of construction, environmental, procurement, export controls, among others.  If you are ready to commit yourself to a public-service legal environment in an exciting and intellectually stimulating research environment, please consider applying for this rare opportunity.

    This position reports to the Laboratory’s Chief Counsel, and as part of the University of California, also to the UC General Counsel.

    To apply, visit their job page.

    What You Will Do:

    • Provide a full range of legal services, including advice and counsel to clients and negotiating and drafting agreements primarily (although not exclusively) in construction, procurement, contracts, grants and other transactions, and environmental compliance. 

    • Assist in developing effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate the Laboratory’s complex operations. Interpret complex facts and the law in areas of ambiguity.

    • Serve as a trusted strategic partner with Laboratory business units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues.

    • Represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties and consistently demonstrate an understanding of diverse needs and interests of various stakeholder groups.

    • Embrace Berkeley Lab’s established Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability model.

    What is Required:

    • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school. 

    • Member in good standing of California Bar Association, or willingness to take and pass the California Bar exam.

    • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience post law degree in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation, or other entity.

    • Demonstrated ability to act as a team player in all circumstances, as defined by collegiality, contributing to the successful outcome of initiatives, information sharing, being fully accountable, and respecting others.

    • Possess high integrity, demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills, proven ability to interact effectively and develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of  individuals, and client groups with diverse interests; ability to make and communicate difficult decisions; demonstrated ability to influence and build consensus.

    • Exceptional written, verbal, presentation and listening skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively. Ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents, position statements and briefs.

    • Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues, proven ability to exercise ethical judgment and behavior, and proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues.

    • Minimal anticipated travel.

    Additional Desired Qualifications:

    • Experience in public sector construction contracting and claims.

    • Experience in environmental, health & safety, including hazardous materials, hazardous waste, storm water, OSHA and administrative enforcement actions.

    • Experience advising public agency clients on CEQA compliance strategies and litigation.

    • Experience with federal government contracts (FAR/DEAR).


    • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid) .

    • Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities. 

    • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

    • The Legal Counsel is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

    • This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position may be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.

    • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

    Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

    Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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