Principal Attorney I


Albany, US White Plains, US


Provide legal advice to the Authority's Trustees, senior management and all Authority business units. The attorneys in the Department are, for administrative purposes, divided into five divisions: licensing and compliance matters including representing the Authority in administrative proceedings before the NYS Public Service Commission pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including hydroelectric licensing matters; judicial actions in federal and state courts, both trial and appellate; procurement, insurance, environmental, and energy efficiency matters; human resources, labor, and employment issues; and real estate and corporate support issues. #LI-CJ1


  • Manage and advise on regulatory and utility proceedings and processes to further NYPA’s business interests
  • Draft and negotiate contracts related to NYPA’s Power, Transmission and Regulatory business interests and NYPA Business Development
  • Draft legal opinions and briefs on complex or difficult issues
  • Identify and research recent changes in law, rules and regulations related to NYPA and identify potential impact to business operations and recommend actions/responses to General Counsel or Senior Management
  • Effectively deliver presentations to employees at all levels of NYPA organization
  • Independently handle complex cases on behalf of NYPA in judicial or other administrative forums
  • Handle special projects on behalf of the General Counsel or Senior Management
  • Collaborate with clients to maintain and implement strategies that further NYPA business unit and/or client interest
  • Work closely with outside counsel to develop case strategies and monitor billing practices

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrate ability to handle complex cases independently
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with New York State and federal energy laws, regulations, market rules and business or utility practices. Ability to provide timely responses and guidance to clients on complex legal issues 
  • Ability to develop or maintain good working internal and external relationships at various levels at NYPA, regulatory agencies and key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates good judgment and decision-making skills
  • Maintain good case management and time management skills
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Be skillful in guiding and giving support to less senior legal staff
  • Ability to develop or maintain knowledge in a subject areas relevant to NYPA

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Juris Doctor Degree
  • Admitted to practice in New York State and Federal courts
  • At least 10 years of legal experience
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas of  law relevant to NYPA, such as energy, litigation, commercial and finance, and employment
  • Experience in utility industry preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Approximately 25% travel primarily within NY State

New York Power Authority is committed to providing fair, competitive, and market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position in Albany is: $131,670-$197,510 and $149,170-$223,750 in White Plains.


The New York Power Authority and Canal Corporation believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents and veterans to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, NYPA/Canals is committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect communities across New York and enthusiastically serve them. We proudly celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race/color, creed/religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, disability, military status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy and related conditions, familial/marital status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, arrest/criminal conviction record or any other category protected by law. 
NYPA/Canals will also provide reasonable accommodations during the hiring process related to candidates’ disabilities, pregnancy-related conditions, religious observances/practices and/or domestic violence concerns.  To request an accommodation, please email 

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