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Expert Attorney


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  2931

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve.  We have businesses in 26 different states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for consecutive years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.


External Pre-Hire Assessment Required: Professional Pre-Hire Assessment
Testing Required:
Not Applicable



Job Summary
  • This individual will be the Company’s primary in-house attorney responsible for environmental issues.  Provides the most senior level of legal services in matters of the complexity, sensitivity and having a significant financial impact on the Company. Has in-depth legal skill in one or more areas of the law permitting trusted analysis, proposed solutions, and representation. Leads and mentors attorneys and other legal personnel in the performance of legal matters and career development. May be called to represent the interests of the Company in any number of formal or informal legal proceedings including but not limited to federal, state or local judicial, or alternative dispute resolution processes.   May also be called to represent the interests of the Company in or administrative proceedings.
Key Accountabilities
  • Regularly participates in the resolution of complex, sensitive, or financially significant legal matters and sees that they are effectively resolved in an efficient manner.
  • May research legal principles and precedents, consult with outside counsel, draft and execute legal documents, gather relevant information using multiple sources and methods, provide work guidance to other professional or paraprofessional and support staff to develop solutions to business problems.
  • Works without legal supervision and collaboratively with all levels of internal clients.
  • Anticipates significant legal issues in practice area of expertise and independently devises innovative legal solutions to promote business objectives.
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • Graduate of accredited law school and admitted to the state bar of permanent residence within a reasonable time.
  • Typically, more than 10 years of legal experience
  • Preferred:
    • Substantial experience advising clients on Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other similar environmental laws and compliance matters.  
    • Previous experience working with state and federal environmental agencies.
    • Experience with utility regulatory matters, including participation in contested cases before the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) or other state public utility commission, would be ideal, but is not required.
    • Skilled in providing the most senior-level of legal services in matters of significant complexity and has a distinct ability to provide competent representation.
Other Qualifications
  • Exhibits exceptional verbal and non-verbal communication, written and presentation skills.
  • Analytic and problem solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.
  • Ability to work in a team and/or matrix structure, supporting multiple clients, procedures and policy.
  • Cope with multiple demands from superiors, peers and subordinates in a positive and evenhanded fashion; displaying a calm demeanor under pressure.
  • Competent with prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, issues or projects that may include high-visibility initiatives and require innovation, teamwork and planning.
  • Initiate new ideas and approaches; challenging orthodox practices and approaches with reasonable and sound alternatives.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, i.e MS Word and Excel sufficient to apply them with minimal instruction or guidance.
Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit