Head of Legal

San Francisco, California /
TeraWatt Infrastructure /
Full-time
About TeraWatt Infrastructure

The once in a century technology transition from combustion engines to electricity for transport will require a multi-trillion dollar investment in energy and charging infrastructure, and real estate that accommodates these uses over the next decade.  This transformation is rapidly accelerating, and TeraWatt is the leader in developing, financing, owning and operating the charging solutions and infrastructure that will change how goods and people move. 

To facilitate this transition for clients, TeraWatt delivers end-to-end charging solutions, with the infrastructure to support it, at scale.  Whether for an urban mobility hub, a last mile fleet operator, or long-haul electric trucking, TeraWatt brings the talent, capabilities, and capital to create reliable, cost-effective solutions for customers on the leading edge of the transition to zero carbon transport. 

With a growing portfolio of properties currently spanning 18 states in key transportation corridors and logistics hubs, TeraWatt is building the permanent electric vehicle charging infrastructure of tomorrow through a robust combination of property assets, financing capabilities, and infrastructure and energy management solutions. We develop, finance, own, and operate charging solutions that take the cost and complexity out of electrifying fleets. With a business model based on well-established economics of renewable energy project development and a proven real estate strategy, TeraWatt was founded, in the absence of anything like it, to be the nation’s trusted and reliable, long-term partner in the inevitable transition to all-electric transportation. With the transition to electrification of transport imminent, now is the time to develop these assets. 

At TeraWatt, we execute humbly and with urgency to provide energy and charging solutions that delight our clients and support the transition to clean, electrified transport. 

Impact to Climate Change:

Transportation creates 23% of all greenhouse gas emissions each year. According to many experts, electrifying transportation is priority #1 to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and thus the impact to Climate Change. By electrifying fleets, we can mitigate more than 70% of mobility CO2 urban emissions, remove 50% of city air pollution, and help fleet operators meet Net Zero commitments. 

Role Description

As Head of Legal, you will be TeraWatt’s chief legal advisor providing strategic guidance, consultation, and support to the Company’s executive team and Board. You will advise on a wide range of topics including customer, partner and real estate contracting; corporate financing transactions; regulatory engagement and compliance; insurance and risk mitigation; privacy and data management; product development; intellectual property; workplace safety and consumer protection; human resource compliance and matters; and mergers & acquisitions. You will work closely with colleagues across the business in Finance, Partnerships, Real Estate, Business Development, Product, and Solutions to support deal transactions and the development of products and business processes.

Reporting to the SVP, Finance and Structuring, you will oversee and manage the provision of all legal services to the Company, manage outside law firms, review and/or draft all types of contracts, manage copyrights and trademarks, and preserve business records. You will oversee corporate governance and manage all litigation matters. You will have sound knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations applicable to the intersection of energy, transportation, and real estate, with depth in at least one of those areas. You are a team player with outstanding advocacy and managerial skills.

Core Responsibilities

    • Oversee the legal matters of the business as a whole, including acting as TeraWatt’s legal representative, engaging external counsel where necessary, and building and developing the Legal and Compliance teams
    • Advise members of TeraWatt’s executive team and Board on new laws, existing laws and legal rights that impact TeraWatt’s business
    • Craft and review legal strategy in response to any litigation, conduct relevant legal research, prepare or arrange for legal opinions
    • Organize legal documents, records, and proceedings of the Company and associated funds and entities
    • Establish and oversee compliance with internal governance policies
    • Complete filings for licensing forms and other statutory requirements, as well as for copyright or intellectual property protections
    • In consultation with relevant business teams, select and retain outside counsel to obtain legal opinions, assist with contracting, or to handle claims and litigation
    • Draft, review, and help negotiate TeraWatt’s contracts and other commercial transactions
    • Collaborate with the business to participate in relevant regulatory proceedings
    • Furnish product, regulatory, commercial, and compliance support to our business teams
    • Anticipate legal risks and opportunities to the Company in light of evolving regulatory and competitive environments, identify proactive solutions to mitigate risks
    • Advise on legal entity structuring and create new legal entities where needed
    • Develop and manage annual budgets and perform periodic cost and productivity analyses
    • Provide training to the Company and Board on various legal, ethical, and compliance issues
    • Maintain own professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest developments in relevant fields
    • Be an evangelist for the electrification of transport

Preferred Qualifications

    • 5+ years in-house with an additional 10+ years in-house or at a reputable law firm, with experience in at least one of the following domains: energy / electricity, transportation, real estate, fund investments and finance, general corporate, and/or transactions; additionally, REIT management, intellectual property or M&A experience are a plus
    • JD required; an MBA or an LLM in energy, transportation, or real estate is a plus
    • Member of a U.S. State Bar Association
    • Knowledge of the range of applicable laws and regulations at the intersection of energy, transportation, and real estate
    • Experience with corporate governance and corporate secretarial duties
    • Comprehensive commercial contract drafting and negotiation skills; experience transacting with electric utilities and/or transportation fleets is a plus
    • Experience in closing financing via a variety of equity and debt transactions and structures
    • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad variety of legal matters
    • Comfort working in a fast-paced, often ambiguous environment, under tight timelines, while managing several projects simultaneously
    • Ability to stay nimble while staying compliant in a heavily regulated industry
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; great presentation skills
    • Ability to work internally with multiple stakeholders and groups
    • Deep relationships with external law firms in key areas applicable to the Company
    • Ability to manage external contractors and legal resources
    • Ability to influence and persuade internal personnel and external investors/partners
    • The highest degree of professional ethics and integrity