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Associate General Counsel or Senior Associate General Counsel

Date: Jan 1, 2022

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96840

Company: hawaiianel

We recognize our competitive advantage -- our people. We believe in our people, who share our vision of meeting the needs of our employees, customers, and communities and who carry out the continued success of the company.


Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.


Posting End Date: 01/26/2022 at 11:59PM HST




Provide in-house legal services for the benefit of Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light, with an emphasis in information and operations technology, including telecommunications, dark fiber, grid modernization, pole attachments, intellectual property, and contract law.



  • Provide legal services to Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light (the Companies), including evaluation of complex legal issues and assessment of risk,  in a wide range of areas, including business and corporate law (with an emphasis on corporate and commercial contracts and corporate liabilities), public utility regulation, labor and employment law, environmental regulation, real property, construction law, securities, finance, compensation and benefits, legislation, litigation, information technology, intellectual property, telecommunications, privacy and data protection law; develop preventative law programs including training to assist operational managers and their staffs in the handling of their work; advise officers,  managers and employees regarding new laws, legal trends, cases and policies pertinent to the Companies.
  • Provide work direction and/or monitor work performed by outside attorneys to ensure use of same is efficient and provides high value; assist in monitoring and managing outside counsel costs, including invoice reviews; direct, provide guidance to and monitor work of Legal Department Legal Assistants.
  • Participate as a legal adviser on task forces, committees and special projects, providing creative problem-solving and strategic direction as appropriate, with minimal oversight from supervisor.  Effectively communicate with senior management on complex legal issues and risks, including preparing and delivering presentations.  Advocate the Companies’ positions externally.  
  • Assist in the development of the Companies’ policies, procedures, and strategies, providing creative problem-solving and strategic direction as appropriate, with minimal oversight from supervisor. In addition, assist in developing and implementing policies, procedures and systems for provision of legal services and monitoring of potential areas requiring legal review.
  • Handle routine matters in court or before governmental administrative agencies with minimal oversight from supervisor.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.
  • Provide other services as attorney’s abilities, education, and experiences enable attorney to perform.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Law degree, membership in the Hawaii State Bar Association and license to practice law in Hawaii (license to practice law and in good standing in another state will suffice pending admission to Hawaii bar).
  • Demonstrates broad knowledge of energy law and/or law applicable to one or more specialized practice areas listed in job requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge in commercial and business law (particularly contract law).
  • General knowledge and familiarity with the other legal areas listed in the job requirements.


Skills Requirements

  • Ability to work independently, manage time effectively, meet deadlines and deliver high quality work product with minimal oversight by supervisor.
  • Ability to make mature, experienced business and legal judgments and apply strategic thinking.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, persuasively, logically and succinctly (both verbally and in writing) for a variety of audiences in appropriate language (business and/or technical).
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Company’s Core Values (Safety, Aloha, Integrity and Excellence).
  • Demonstrates a strong customer (internal and external) orientation and the ability to generate strong internal client satisfaction.
  • Competency in key areas of management and leadership expertise including: superior interpersonal skills, effective relationship and conflict management skills, communication skills, and ability to guide and motivate others in the organization.
  • Ability to prioritize and oversee multiple projects and remain flexible in a demanding and dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to maintain direction and focus and display objectivity and a positive attitude even when placed under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to be a team player, work collaboratively, and delegating work and responsibilities as appropriate.
  • Ability to mentor and train others.
  • In depth analytical, organizational and conceptual skills to handle various projects and programs.
  • Ability to identify, analyze and research legal issues affecting the Companies, and make recommendations to resolve or address the issues.  Ability to identify legal options and provide creative solutions. 


Experience Requirements

Senior Associate General Counsel:

  • Minimum of 7 years of legal experience required, with a minimum of three years of concentration in one or more of the specialized practice areas listed in the job requirements.


Associate General Counsel:

  • Minimum of 4 years of legal experience required, with a minimum of three years of concentration in one or more of the specialized practice areas listed in the job requirements.



Role: Manager 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Lunch: 30 Minutes

Location: Honolulu  – Oahu 


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.


The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at http://hawaiianelectric.com.


Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:


This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii