Shell Legal Counsel Upstream - Deep Water (Houston, TX or New Orleans, LA) in Houston, Texas

Auto req ID 56644BR

Job Title Legal Counsel Upstream - Deep Water (Houston, TX or New Orleans, LA)

Country of Work Location United States

City, State (if applicable) Houston, TX

Work Location Houston - EP Center Americas

Company Description Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In the US, we have operated for over a century and are a major oil and gas producer onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico, a recognized innovator in exploration and production technology, and a leading manufacturer and marketer of fuels, natural gas and petrochemicals. We deliver energy responsibly; operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact. We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future. Because remarkable people achieve remarkable things.

Job Description

Shell Offshore Inc. has one of the largest operating positions in the US Gulf of Mexico. This Legal Counsel – Upstream/Deep Water position will provide legal support, as part of a Legal team, to all aspects of Shell’s Gulf of Mexico Deep Water business, with a primary focus on assets in the development and production through abandonment phases, although the scope also entails providing support to assets in the exploration and appraisal phases.

Purpose :

Professional, timely, risk-based and fit-for-purpose legal advice and support to the Gulf of Mexico Deep Water Business.

Accountabilities :

  • Provide legal advice and support to Shell Offshore Inc.’s Gulf of Mexico development and operating assets. Scope includes working with more experienced members of the LSUP/w team to provide advice and support on a wide variety of issues, including joint venture arrangements, operating arrangements, production handling, midstream (i.e., export, gathering, transportation and processing) and other commercial arrangements, unitization, regulatory and permitting matters, royalty issues, logistics, abandonment, incident response preparedness, and safety and asset integrity matters. As experience is acquired, this role will entail legal focal point responsibility for a variety of Gulf of Mexico operating assets.

  • Identify and prioritize legal risks and alternative strategies in a variety of fields

  • Ensure documents accurately reflect commercial decisions, at all times consistent with legal obligations and the Shell Control Framework

  • Represent Shell vis-à-vis third parties

  • Instruct and manage external counsel (NOTE: very limited use of outside counsel, reserved for specialty matters)

  • Assist in supervision of support staff

  • Ability to work as part of a team and with both internal and external stakeholders with diverse cultural backgrounds


  • Number of direct reports: 0

  • Impact: >$500m annual business activity

  • Interface with a variety of Shell Legal colleagues across all Legal Departments with a focus on strong legal network performance, and coordinate and integrate delivery of legal services, as appropriate, for the Deep Water business

Special Challenges:

  • Shell Offshore Inc. has one of the largest operating position in the US Gulf of Mexico, with the Deep Water business continuing to be a growth engine for the Royal Dutch Shell group of companies. As such, this position presents a heavy workload and requires the ability to deal with, prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects.

  • This position requires close coordination and teamwork with other Shell lawyers and Functions.


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.

  • Law degree and professional legal qualification.

  • Minimum three (3+) years of experience, preferably in a business legal advisory role, with significant experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on complex commercial arrangements and/or joint ventures. Experience advising in respect of a regulatory framework is a plus.

  • Proven ability to quickly grasp complex commercial arrangements

  • Demonstrated capability to build knowledge in particular areas of law, with the ability to quickly identify critical legal risks

  • Ability to work in a dynamic legal environment with clients who need to quickly respond to operational and regulatory demands

  • Ability to work with more experienced or senior practitioners, take advice and coaching into account in the delivery of services

  • Strong commercial, transactional and client advisory skills, which can be readily applied to advising on offshore Upstream and Midstream matters.

  • Demonstrable record as a self-starter, yet comfortable to escalate issues and seek support, including in connection with defining difficult positions and achieving a balance with commercial considerations (e.g., advising the business on the immediate and longer term impacts of different legal courses of action).

  • Ability to handle sensitive government and joint venture co-owner relations.

  • Ability to prioritize time spent on particular matters by value and risk.

  • Global mindset and ability to work virtually with lawyers in other regions.


No. of Positions 1


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Removal Date 26-Aug-2017