Senior Port Counsel

Port of Seattle

Some of what you'll be doing:


As a Senior Port Counsel, you will have the opportunity to make a positive, immediate and lasting impact by providing high quality legal support to assist the Port of Seattle in carrying out its business and meeting its strategic goals. This includes advising clients at all levels of the organization, negotiating and documenting transactions, and managing litigation. You will strategize with client teams to offer options to satisfy the Port's legal responsibilities while furthering policy goals.

  • You will provide legal services to the Port on a variety of real estate transactions, including retail, office and ground leases, purchase and sale agreements, easements, licenses, interlocal agreements, street vacations, title and survey review, resolution of encumbrances on title, appraisals, escrow instructions, and closings.
  • You will advise on questions concerning the Port's authority under state law, Port Commission enactments and Port rules and regulations.
  • You will advise on a variety of general municipal law issues such as the Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Interlocal Cooperation Act, and constitutional law.
  • You may advise on compliance with state and federal regulatory regimes with a focus on Federal Aviation Administration laws and regulations and federal labor law.
  • You may advise on procurements and draft, review and negotiate a variety of non-real estate contracts, including goods, services and construction contracts and intergovernmental or interlocal agreements.
  • You will retain and manage outside counsel to represent the Port in litigation or transactions or to provide advice.
  • You may be assigned additional or different duties or practice areas by the General Counsel in transactional, advising or litigation, as needed.


Who you are:


  • Experienced – You have five (5) years of experience providing legal advice to government, private or in-house clients with some knowledge, training and experience in real estate matters.
  • Educated – You possess a Juris Doctor degree and Washington State Bar admission.
  • Desired – We hope you have eight (8) or more years of experience providing legal advice to government, private or in-house clients that includes a real estate practice. We also hope you have experience with some or all the following: Port Districts, Municipal Law, State and federal regulatory regimes, Labor Law, Procurements, Contracts, and Litigation.
  • Critical Thinker – You are highly skilled at exercising your critical thinking abilities to analyze facts and the law. You use sound judgement with factual and legal support to advise clients and achieve the Port’s policy and business goals. You can collaborate with opposing counsel to craft solutions and solve problems.
  • Effective Communicator – You are very skilled in both verbal and written communication techniques and can effectively work with clients at all levels of the organization.
  • Business/Political Acumen – You have a keen sense of the political realities and look at the bigger picture of a situation, weigh it carefully, and provide a sound recommendation that is in the best interests of the organization.


What else you need to know:


  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). Slightly more flexible start and end times are available in this role. At times, you may be asked to be available for earlier or later hours or on some weekends.
  • Work Environment – This role will be primarily conducted remotely in accordance with the Port’s Flexible Work Arrangement policies during the Covid-19 pandemic. It may transition to primarily working in an office environment post pandemic.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking generally must be performed in Washington State.


Why you'll love it here:


  • Healthcare – Medical, Dental and Vision Care with options that work for you and your family.
  • Paid Vacation – Just about four weeks per year that increases with tenure to rest and rejuvenate.
  • Holidays – More than ten days per year to celebrate with family and friends away from work.
  • Pension/Retirement Plans – A state pension and additional savings plans to prepare for your future after the Port.
  • Getting to Work – Fully subsidized parking and a low-cost public transit card to get you here.
  • Parental Leave – Six weeks paid leave to spend with new additions to your immediate family.
  • Development – From tuition reimbursement, training, stretch assignments and internal internships, we support a learning culture.
  • Diversity – We foster opportunities for employees to contribute to our communities and business success in a way that celebrates a fully inclusive and engaged work environment.
  • Work-Life Balance – We provide the resources to help you create habits to be healthy and balanced.
  • Mission Driven – We are focused together in promoting economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce and job creation in an equitable, accountable and environmentally responsible manner.
  • Unique Projects – The projects and work at the Port of Seattle provide an opportunity to do legal work that is unique, challenging, and interesting.


Why the Port of Seattle:


Every role at the Port of Seattle is vital to our thriving community. We are a leader in moving people and cargo across the country and around the world. With facilities and property ranging in scope from a half-acre park to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast, we maximize the public assets in our portfolio with an eye toward best uses and environmental sustainability. Much of our success is attributed to the Port’s legal team and their extensive contributions, partnerships and expertise.