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Staff Attorney - OH, PA, W VA, NJ


Akron, OH, US, 44308

Job Function:  Legal
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  27744

FirstEnergy at a Glance


We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.


FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, approximately 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 5,000 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.  [SC00]



The Legal department provides exceptional counsel that assures legal compliance and enables FirstEnergy to optimize business outcomes in all legal, regulatory and commercial contexts. The Legal department is involved in every major activity and initiative involving all FirstEnergy entities.


The position will serve as a legal advisor to various business units, including, Human Resources, Corporate Secretary, Financial Reporting, Investor Relations, and Communications, with emphasis on securities laws, corporate governance matters, and executive and incentive compensation matters.  The successful candidate will (a) work directly with the business units, department lawyers and outside counsel on all aspects of the foregoing; (b) handle complex legal matters and projects; (c) conduct legal research, draft and edit more significant corporate legal documents, including compensation plans, corporate governance materials, SEC disclosure; and (c) assist more experienced attorneys in representing the organization in various transactions.


The position reports to the Associate General Counsel who is responsible for SEC, corporate, finance, M&A, and other matters. The preferred lcoation is the Corporate Office in Akron, OH, however it can be in other FE locations in PA, W VA and NJ with required travel on a regular basis.. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Managing, assisting, and handling, as applicable, legal matters in SEC reporting, including, without limitation, drafting and reviewing FirstEnergy’s current and periodic reports, proxy statement, registration statements, Section 16 filings, Regulation FD compliance, and preparation of forward-looking statements and disclaimers.
  • Assisting with the preparation of earnings releases and other public announcements.
  • Managing general corporate and board governance matters and subsidiary management.
  • Providing legal support for incentive compensation plans, non-qualified and deferral plans and arrangements, and other executive compensation programs.
  • Bringing thought leadership and a proactive approach in the area of executive and incentive compensation, securities law, and corporate governance.
  • Manages outside counsel to deliver quality and cost effective expert legal guidance on corporate matters as necessary.
  • Provides sound legal advice that is responsive to the business needs of FirstEnergy.
  • Responds to clients’ needs consistent with corporate values, strategies, risks and objectives.




  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school required.
  • Member in good standing with a State Bar required.
  • Active license in Ohio required OR ability to either become a member of the Ohio State Bar or qualify for corporate counsel registration in Ohio required.
  • Minimum 5 years relevant work experience required.  Relevant work experience will include focus on representing public companies particularly in supporting the governance of executive compensation, equity and incentive compensation plans, SEC reporting and compliance practice areas, and general corporate matters.
  • In-house legal department experience preferred but not necessary.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (including good listening skills) and the ability to achieve positive outcomes through influence.
  • Demonstrates analytical abilities, including problem solving and decision making.
  • Demonstrate maturity to exercise independent judgment on projects and assignments.
  • Ability to work with all levels within the organization; experience interacting with executives and senior management preferred.
  • Demonstrates a questioning attitude to learn, produce results, and develop relationships.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in legal research.
  • Desires to continue to learn and grow, work across FirstEnergy, and deliver results.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to deliver quality, accurate work within established deadlines.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office tools, including Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and Word.



Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification



FirstEnergy Human Resources Team

Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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