Assistant Attorney General – Energy Office Counsel


Natural Resources
Position Number:
LAA 09191
Salary Range:
$83,292.00 - $120,000.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Friday, July 21, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Air Quality
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Employment Type:
Position Type:

Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Air Quality Unit of the Natural Resources and Environment Section is seeking an experienced attorney with a passion for advancing Colorado’s commitment to climate action through addressing Colorado’s energy sources, including through the regulation of public utilities. This attorney will represent one or more client agencies within the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). Our team works side-by-side with the client agencies on the most critical renewable energy and public utility issues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adequately serve all Colorado’s consumers, with special emphasis on disproportionately impacted communities. Colorado is a national leader on renewable energy policy and greenhouse gas emission reduction.  The state has taken a leading role in promoting transportation and building electrification through activities of regulated electric utilities. Few law practices offer a comparable opportunity to work on cutting edge issues affecting the state, the country, and the world – all while accommodating work-life balance.

Application will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Interested parties are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

This position is part of the Natural Resources and Environment Section’s Air Quality Unit. This Unit is responsible for providing legal services to the Colorado Energy Office, the Department of Public Health & Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division, the Air Quality Control Commission, the Clean Fleet Enterprise, the Community Access Enterprise, the Air Quality Enterprise, the Low-Income Energy and Water Commission, the Model Energy Codes Board, the Environmental Justice Ombudsperson, the Environmental Justice Program, and the Environmental Justice Advisory Board. The Air Quality Unit is made up of about 16 people, including lawyers, paralegals, and administrative staff. It is a diverse team of individuals who work collaboratively to support one another in the work.

As the newest member of our team, you will provide general counsel and litigation services to the Colorado Energy Office on a broad range of complex regulatory and administrative matters involving public utilities, renewable energy generation, greenhouse gas emission reduction, energy efficiency, environmental justice, and electric vehicle adoption. You will advise and represent our clients in adjudications and rulemakings before the Public Utilities Commission and rulemakings before the Air Quality Control Commission. You will also advise our clients in matters related to open records requests, enterprise governance, and implementing new legislation. You will manage complex settlement negotiations involving diverse stakeholder groups and work with experienced litigators, drafting pleadings, and assisting with witness testimony. Further, you will work collaboratively with the Energy Office to develop public policy and legal strategies, and work with attorneys representing other state agencies in administrative proceedings where our client agencies have mutual objectives.

Salary Note: The Department of Law uses a wage progression compensation model. Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

Attorneys with less than 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General I (AAG I). The salary range for an AAG I is $83,292-$92,400/annually.
Attorneys with more than 3 years of experience practicing as an attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General II (AAG II). The AAG II salary range is $96,420-$120,000/annually.

Salary will be paid on a biweekly basis for any new employees starting after July 1, 2023.



Applicants must:

  • Be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.
  • Be passionate about a career in public utilities, renewable energy law, and greenhouse gas reduction.
  • Understand or be interested in learning the unique impacts of climate change on disproportionately impacted communities and seeking equitable implementation of Colorado’s transition to clean energy.

Our ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following attributes:

  • Have experience in public utilities, renewable energy, environmental, or administrative law.
  • Have a demonstrable commitment to public service and/or environmental justice.
  • Be a multi-dimensional thinker and creative problem solver who enjoys coming up with practical and imaginative solutions.
  • Be a self-starter and goal-oriented person who is comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Be resourceful and take the initiative to learn the subject matter and to grow professionally.
  • Be a strong writer and have keen attention to detail.
  • Have excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Utilize good judgment in working with clients and colleagues.
  • Be capable of independently managing a full workload and working well with technically and legally sophisticated clients.

Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.

The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Please view the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.

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