Sr. Legal Counsel (Labor & Employment)
Company: METRO
Location: Houston , TX
Category: Professional
Job Type: Full Time
Posted: 2/9/2018

Provides legal representation and counsel to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) Board of Directors, President and CEO and other employees, primarily in the areas of labor and employment law and general litigation. Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.


  • Negotiates, drafts, reviews, and advises management on Labor Agreements.
  • Drafts and reviews the scope of services and other documents for professional services.
  • Provides counsel during labor contract development, negotiates potential or actual disputes, legal issues and analyzes liability or litigation exposure.
  • Provides counsel and training to various departments, including Human Resources and the METRO Police department, on personnel, regulatory and compliance and other legal matters.
  • Responsible for the administration and reporting requirements to insurance carriers and brokers on legal matters and assists risk management with policy renewals.
  • Assists HR on personnel matters, including internal investigations.
  • Assists outside litigation counsel in claim development, defense or prosecution.
  • Administers employment and labor-related issues, including representing METRO in matters before administrative agencies and courts.
  • Drafts and reviews employment and labor-related documents, negotiates disputes, and analyzes liability or litigation exposure.
  • Researches legal issues related to transit law, administrative law, public law and other matters.
  • Drafts position statements to government agencies such as EEOC, Texas Workforce Commission and DOL.
  • Drafts and reviews memorandums of understanding, inter-local agreements, and cooperative agreements between METRO and other governmental entities.
  • Researches, drafts, and develops agency guidelines and policies.
  • Advocates for METRO’s interests in public forums when necessary, including public hearings, administrative proceedings, local or state governmental proceedings and any other necessary forums.
  • Provides well-reasoned, thorough legal opinions and guidance on various legal matters affecting METRO.
  • Assists and advises in regulatory and compliance audits and ensures compliance with federal, state, county, and local codes, laws, rules, guidelines, and regulations.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.


Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.


We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.


Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements:


  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited school of law.

  • Minimum ten (10) years’ experience in the practice of employment law.

  • Demonstrated litigation/trial proficiency before state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies.

  • Legal experience in transportation and/or public law, including the Texas Public Information Act preferred.


  • Requires a blend of technical legal skills/knowledge, and an understanding of the organization and its mission.

  • Knowledge of various employment laws such as Texas Labor Code, Title VII, ADAAA, FMLA.

  • Active license to practice law in the State of Texas required.



1900 Main
Houston , TX 77002
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