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  • Full-time


The Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office ("RUCO") was established by the Arizona Legislature in 1983 to represent the interests of residential utility ratepayers in rate-related proceedings involving public service corporations before the Arizona Corporation Commission ("ACC" or "Commission").

Attorney III

Job Location:

1110 West Washington Street Suite 202

Phoenix, Arizona 85007  

Posting Details:

Annual Salary: $100,000

Grade: 02

This position will remain open until filled  

Job Summary:

Represents residential ratepayers on behalf of the Residential Utility Consumer Office in complex proceedings before the Arizona Corporation Commission relating to electric, gas, telecommunication, water and wastewater rates.

Counsel’s role includes providing legal and policy advice to the Chief Counsel and Director on matters that RUCO becomes involved in before the ACC. Counsel oversees every aspect of the litigation of large, complex rate cases. RUCO mostly participates in the largest utility rate cases before the ACC. Works with the Chief Counsel and develops legal strategy for each case, implements the strategy and makes sure RUCO’s Staff follows the strategy.

Counsel prepares and directs discovery, strategizes arguments and positions, facilitates the drafting and review of expert testimonies (Accountants, Engineers, Financial Experts, etc.), oversees the hiring of experts outside the Agency and facilitates their testimonies, prosecutes RUCO’s case at hearing and defends RUCO’s positions.

Prepares all legal filings with Chief Counsel and represents and appears on behalf of RUCO at the Open Meetings on each matter RUCO is involved in. Provides advice and strategic direction to the Chief Counsel and Director on all policy matters RUCO is involved before the ACC.

Miscellaneous Tasks - Works with Chief Counsel on all aspects of RUCO’s Appellate practice including the drafting of Motions for Rehearing, Appellate Notices and Briefs as well as representing RUCO in Appellate oral arguments and/or assisting hired outside counsel.

Appears on behalf of the agency in public meetings, agency meetings with utilities and public and private interest groups and ratepayer meetings. Provides advice and implements policy concerning personnel matters. Responsible for organizing and preparing responses to Freedom of Information Act disclosures, and keeps abreast of legislative changes. Creates associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders.

Travel of 10%-30% will be required for this position.

Job Duties:

• Write legal briefs for use in utility cases

• Supervise outside counsel as needed

• Research utility policy issues

• Provide legal advice to staff

• Research legal issues

• Other duties assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):


• Knowledge of administrative law, trial and appellate practice, utility rate regulation and financial accounting


• Must display skill in writing, communication and litigation


• Ability to analyze utility rate applications and write testimony, interact with and cross-examine technical witnesses in fields of finance, accounting, engineering, prepare briefs and memoranda, and control over discovery procedures

• Ability to understand legal as well as policy concepts

Selective Preference(s):

• Licensed Attorney

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver license record checks, required to maintain acceptable driving records and complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

• Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver license appropriate to the assignment


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

• Vacation plus 10 paid holidays per year

• Health and dental insurance

• Retirement plan

• Sick leave

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

• Please note that enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment

Contact Us:

• If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shawn McConnell at staffing@azdoa.gov for assistance


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.