Attorney (Attorney III)


Perform complex legal work for the Legal Division related to electric, telecommunications, and water regulation. Primary duties involve the practice of administrative law, including, but not limited to, representing the public interest in contested cases before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) and the Commission; providing legal and policy advice to agency staff and the Commissioners. Work under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Represent the public interest through advocacy of agency staff’s positions in various contexts, including contested cases before SOAH and the Commission.
  • Analyze issues related to electric power, telecommunications and water and sewer utilities; coordinate the development, preparation and presentation of agency staff recommendations and testimony in contested cases.
  • Cross-examine expert witnesses who testify on behalf of parties involved in contested cases.
  • Perform legal research and analysis as necessary, or as assigned; identify legal issues relating to Commission projects and contested cases; write memoranda, position statements, and briefs evaluating the law on these


  • Participate in arbitration proceedings under the Federal Telecommunications Act.
  • Participate in rulemaking proceedings.
  • Prepare, in conjunction with other divisions as necessary, reports as required by the legislature or




website: Human Resources: (512) 936-7060

  • Produce electric power, telecommunications and water and sewer utility information for the legislature.
  • Respond to external inquiries and represent the Commission concerning Commission programs, electric

    power and telecommunications policies, and water and sewer issues.

  • Advise agency staff and Commissioners on legal and policy issues.


    • Graduation from an accredited law school with LLB or JD degree.
    • Licensed and eligible to practice law in Texas, and;
    • Minimum of three (3) years of litigation and administrative law experience as a licensed attorney.


• Legal experience with electric, telecommunications, and/or water and sewer utility issues


• Proficiency in the use of personal computers, specifically with Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Thorough knowledge of state laws regarding electric, telecommunications, and water and sewer utility

regulation as well as administrative proceedings.
• Familiarity with federal laws regarding electric, telecommunications, and water and sewer regulation as

• Ability to identify, analyze and research complex legal issues.
• Ability to draft clear, well-founded legal opinions and briefs.
• Ability to work effectively with other staff members.
• Ability to articulate Legal Division’s position before the Commission, SOAH, and in negotiations with opposing

• Ability to exercise good judgment in handling complaints, inquiries, and the public.
• Ability to prioritize workload, work efficiently, and effectively utilize organizational skills.
• Ability to effectively represent the public interest as an administrative law attorney.
• Ability to understand difficult technical issues in areas such as engineering and accounting. • Ability to attend work regularly and adhere to approved work schedule.


  • An internal applicant who is selected for a position in their current salary group with the same or new state classification title will not receive a salary increase.
  • Candidates invited to interview may be given a writing skills exercise.
  • If required for position, licensure as a Professional Engineer or to practice law in Texas will be verified on the selected

    candidate through either the Professional Board of Engineers or the State Bar of Texas.

  • Some positions may require additional work hours including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays to meet critical

    deadlines. Employees will earn compensatory time or overtime dependent on FLSA status.

  • More than one position may be filled under this posting. Employees are required to comply with agency policies and

    provisions outlined in the employee handbook.

  • The job posting in no way states or implies that the duties listed above are exclusive. Employees are required to perform

    other duties as may be assigned.

  • A satisfactory driving record is required for driving a state or personal vehicle to conduct agency business. Selected

    candidates will have their driving record evaluated in accordance with the Commission’s Traffic Safety policy.

  • For males born on or after January 1, 1960, the PUC will verify proof of Selective Service registration through the online Selective Service System. Any males born after January 1, 1960 who are not registered will need to provide proof of

    exemption from the Selective Service registration requirement.

  • The Public Utility Commission participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if

    necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm

    work authorization.

  • The PUC has a Post-Employment Restriction – details furnished upon request.
  • Female and minority applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • The PUC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national

    origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services.

  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the PUC will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with a disability. An individual requiring a reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources at

    (512) 936-7060 or
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