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General Commercial/Contracts, Real Estate, Transactions
The Port Authority’s Law Department is seeking highly-qualified attorneys ranging in experience from junior to senior to join its Manhattan-based, 125+ person team. This position will report directly to the Assistant General Counsel of Transactions and will encompass an extraordinary range of sophisticated transactional work, such as: administrative law, aviation (including redevelopment of the New York/New Jersey area airports and related infrastructure), capital markets (including complex multi-party transactions involving major financial institutions and private equity funds, bond issuances, letters of credit and credit enhancements), corporate governance, contracts (commercial, professional, technical/IT and advisory, as well as arrangements with sophisticated domestic and international airlines and shippers), environmental, leasing, maritime, policy planning (involving city, state and federal agencies, including regular interaction with the EPA, FAA, MTA, City of New York and City of Newark), regulatory, real estate (including condemnation, construction, leasing, purchases, sales and zoning), security matters, transportation infrastructure (including tunnels, bridges, terminals and trains, as well as redevelopment plans for the Hudson River tunnels and the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal) and World Trade Center Cultural Center development matters.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Provide oversight and advice on a variety of transactional issues among the business segments and other functional areas of the Port Authority
Draft, review and manage contracts in numerous subject areas - from administrative to real estate, third-party agreements and vendor/supplier relationships
Give accurate and timely counsel to client departments on a variety of legal topics, offering proactive advice on possible legal issues and providing business-friendly options
Manage outside counsel services, including legal spend and legal fee approvals
Ensure the Port Authority conducts its business in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
Advise the General Counsel, the First Deputy General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel, Executive Officers, Agency Chiefs, Department Directors and other senior management on transactional matters pertaining to the Port Authority
Stay abreast of new laws, legal decisions, legal and legislative actions that affect the Port Authority and advise senior staff of their implications
Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:
Law degree from a top tier or highly regarded law school
Member of the Bar in good standing in a relevant state jurisdiction
Must have at least five years of legal experience, with emphasis in transactional law gained through a combination of major law firm and in-house or government roles of increasing visibility and responsibility
Ideal candidates will present the following profile.
Detail-oriented with strong transactional, commercial, analytical and drafting skills, accompanied by outstanding communication skills
Proven track record to perform effectively under pressure and to reconcile conflicting priorities toward resolution
Exercise sound judgment, with savvy approach to recognition of intersection of public, business and political components of work
Ability to think strategically and to act decisively regarding legal challenges facing the agency with the ability to balance and manage risk within time constraints
Ability to take ownership of, and responsibility for, managing legal work on large, complex projects with aggressive completion deadlines
Operate in a constantly evolving complex legal environment, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and integrity
Ability to train and mentor attorneys with different skill levels
Interpersonal Competencies & Success Factors
Creative problem-solver with high integrity and ethics; able to find pragmatic legal solutions to business issue
Willingness to work collectively and ethically, in a matrixed organization, considering multiple stakeholder views
Emphasis on professional and self-development
Engagement among colleagues and business teams in a collegial and business-friendly manner
About The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey was created by a federal statute nearly 100 years ago to shape the future of the nation's most populous and dynamic metropolitan region. Today, the Port Authority is on the cutting edge - operating a vast and vital network of world-class infrastructure assets. Five airports. The World Trade Center. Bridges. Tunnels. A commuter rail system. The busiest bridge in the world. The busiest bus terminal in the world. The busiest seaport on the East Coast. And a capital plan that envisions $30+ billion in future investments.
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