Associate Counsel Position


Location: Manhattan – Midtown

Reference #:  74719

Post Date:  11/30/2012

Grade: G  Salary Range:  Min:  $72,926  /  Mid:  $91,158  /  Max:  $109,390

Close Date:  12/14/2012

Playing a vital role in the economy of New York State and Connecticut, Metro-North Railroad, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is the busiest commuter railroad in the nation with an annual ridership of over 82 million. A dynamic organization with a strong focus on customer service, safety, and new technologies, Metro-North employs approximately 5,900 people. Operating out of its home base in New York City’s historic Grand Central Terminal, the railroad’s three lines serve 120 stations in seven counties in New York and two counties in Connecticut. In 2011, Metro-North received the prestigious International Brunel Award for Overall Excellence in Railroad Design, recognizing its continuing work as a more efficient operation, its commitment to sustainability, and its focus on providing excellent customer service. Metro-North was the first American railroad to win this coveted award in the award’s 26-year history. The competition is open to all passenger and freight railroads in the world. Metro-North has a reputation for rewarding employee resourcefulness and innovation, and offers excellent job opportunities in a challenging and diverse environment.


Provide legal advice and counsel in a broad array of commercial and general law areas related to the operations of Metro-North Railroad, including drafting and reviewing of contracts, permits and agreements; advising agency staff on a range of issues relevant to daily operations including procurements; and conducting commercial litigation.


Perform commercial/transactional legal work in support of acquisition and maintenance of goods and capital infrastructure, including fixed assets and  rolling stock as part of public agency procurement process.

Draft, review and negotiate contracts, RFPs, licenses and permits; handle vendor responsibility and dispute resolution, including mediation /arbitration.

Support retail leasing and licensing activities in stations and terminal.

Handle government ethics and conflicts of interest issues.

Interpret and advise on statutory, regulatory and administrative law matters as applied to railroads, public agencies and authorities.

Handle interstate transactional matters in support of  agreements with Connecticut and New Jersey.

Draft, review and analyze legislation and regulations.

Conduct legal research and prepare legal memoranda.

Conduct litigation related to above-referenced substantive areas.

Provide legal guidance to agency management and staff in all departments.



Demonstrated skills in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, preferably in the public sector.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Strong research, writing and analytical skills, including command of computer-based research tools, e.g., LexisNexis®.

Effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels in the Railroad and external contacts.

Ability to function independently, conform to specific time limitations and deadlines, prioritize and manage varied workload.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and/or comparable applications, as well as Lexis and/or Westlaw.

Experience in negotiating business arrangements.

Admission to the New York bar and “good-standing” status.

Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

Minimum three (3) years relevant legal experience, with specific experience handling transactional matters and drafting contracts.



Commercial litigation experience in state and federal courts.

Admission to the Connecticut bar and “good  standing” status.

Experience with government procurement.

Knowledge of commercial and general law as applied to public transportation agencies.

Experience with public transportation law and agencies.

To be selected for a position, an applicant must:  (1) meet the minimum requirements in the job posting, (2) satisfy a background investigation (which includes credit, if applicable),  and (3) pass an oral interview, during which the interviewers will further evaluate the applicant’s qualifications for the position. Because the selection process is competitive, not all qualified applicants are granted an interview.  If the Company extends a conditional offer to an applicant, it may require him/ her to undergo a medical examination.


We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.


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All Applicants must apply online to be considered.  Metro-North no longer accepts paper copies of resumes.

MTA Metro-North Railroad is an Equal Opportunity Employer.