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The Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) has an opening for an attorney position, with a primary focus on and responsibility for environmental law issues, as well as additional experience in one or more of the following areas: corporate governance; employment and benefits law; tax (as applied to nonprofits); political activity law; litigation (including appellate brief-writing); antitrust; and/or commercial contracting. The attorney will be responsible for writing agency petitions and comments for rulemaking proceedings, preparing and presenting hearing testimony and participating in informal meetings with regulators on environmental issues of concern to the railroad industry. Legislative tasks may include the preparation of testimony, the drafting of proposed legislation sought by the railroad industry, the preparation of position papers, and the presentation of industry views in meetings with congressional staff. In addition, the attorney will be responsible for preparing briefs and memoranda for court proceedings, as required. Depending on additional area of expertise, the attorney may be responsible for providing AAR legal counsel in matters related to AAR governance and administration, and handling corporate matters, including tax, employment and employee benefits.
The position will report directly to the Senior Vice President - Law and General Counsel.
A competitive candidate must have substantive knowledge and experience as follows: an in-depth knowledge of federal environmental statutes and regulations applicable to railroads, including an understanding of project permitting law and regulation that applies to railroads, as well as familiarity with state regulatory schemes, familiarity with federal preemption issues, and experience with relevant agencies, including EPA, DOE, DOI (including BLM), and DOT. Experience with the transportation and handling of hazardous materials is helpful, as is prior experience with rail safety issues.
A competitive candidate also must have excellent writing and advocacy skills, be highly responsive, efficient, and productive, and be able to work independently. Additionally, the demonstrated ability to deliver the highest quality client service, to manage multiple client and stakeholder relationships, and to effectively build consensus is required. Candidate must be admitted to practice before the District of Columbia bar (or admitted to practice in any state and able to gain admission to the District of Columbia bar within one year of commencing employment). A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience is desirable; prior experience with railroads, trade associations, and/or in a top-tier law firm is an advantage but not essential.
Founded in 1934, the Association of American Railroads is the world's leading railroad policy, research, standard setting, and technology organization that focuses on the safety and productivity of the U.S. freight rail industry. Headquartered in Washington DC, AAR is a 501(c)(6) trade association. Its members include the major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as... Amtrak. AAR owns two for-profit subsidiaries, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, which focuses on research and test activities, and Railinc Corp. in Cary, North Carolina, which provides information technology products and services.