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Oneok, Inc Legal Counsel - Commercial Contracting in Tulsa, Oklahoma

#WeAreONEOK Fortune 500 company. 100+ years in business. Leading midstream service provider. Safety first. Sustainable operations. Environmentally responsible. Employee focused.

We are on the hunt for a diverse group of talented, high-caliber employees to join our team. ONEOK is recognized as an employer of choice in the natural gas and natural gas liquids industry and offers competitive pay; professional development; excellent benefits; a strong commitment to safety; community engagement; and a caring, inclusive work culture.


Job Profile Summary

Oversees and performs commercial contracting activities for midstream services, primarily relating to the Natural Gas Liquids and/or Natural Gas Gathering and Processing business segments.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Provide legal advice to clients and management on midstream commercial matters, including but not limited to -

Legal and business obligations related to commercial activities in the Natural Gas Liquids and/or Natural Gas Gathering and Processing business segments;

Contract issues involving natural gas liquids gathering, fractionation and marketing; and

Contract issues involving natural gas gathering, processing and marketing

Review, research, draft, prepare and/or negotiate agreements, documents and reports on matters including, but not limited to -

Natural gas liquids gathering, fractionation, storage, sales and marketing;

Natural gas gathering, processing, sales and marketing

Corporate documents;


Legal research; and

Memorandum and correspondence

Retain and supervise outside counsel for company.

Regular and reliable attendance is required in performance of job.

Employee may be required to perform additional duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in business law, business administration, energy management, economics, management, or related field preferred; Juris Doctorate (ABA accredited law school) and admitted to practice in Oklahoma, or eligible to become admitted in Oklahoma, with current CLE compliance

Work Experience

Seven (7) plus years relevant legal experience focused on:

Providing legal counsel to companies in the energy industry.

Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including but not limited to agreements related to the gathering, fractionation and marketing of natural gas liquids and/or production, processing, gathering, transportation, sale, and marketing of natural gas.

Interpreting regulations governing the gathering, fractionation and marketing of natural gas liquids and/or production, processing, gathering, transportation, sale and marketing of natural gas.

Negotiating, persuading, advocating, interacting, advising, and communicating effectively.

Reading and interpreting contracts, statues, regulations, court cases, briefs, letters, memorandum, opinion of counsel, pending legislation, and corporate policies and procedures.

Researching and preparing correspondence, memoranda and reports.

Demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task several active projects.

Demonstrated ability to effectively use office equipment, including computers and applicable software.

Demonstrated ability to read and write fluently in English.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Company and/or Industry - Possess detailed working knowledge of clients’ business area-specific operations for assigned area(s) of responsibility and good working knowledge of Company-wide operations. Possess good working knowledge of clients’ operations for employees under management

Ability to: Strategic Planning and Process Improvement Ability - Identify, conceptualize, plan, and organize initiatives for assigned area(s) of responsibility

Ability to: Legal Analytical - Accurately identify and assess legal issues and risks for assigned area(s) of responsibility and recommend and effectuate appropriate course of action for same, often with potential for business area-wide consequences

Ability to: Independent Work - Exercises independent discretion and judgment

Ability to: Internal Relationships - Ability to effectively work with all members of the legal department, including lawyers, contract administrators, paralegals, and/or legal assistants. Ability to review and provide input on work of Attorneys, Senior Attorneys, contract administrators, paralegals and/or legal assistants. May have management and professional development responsibility for Attorneys, Senior Attorneys, contract administrators, paralegals and/or legal assistants

Ability to: Outside Counsel Relationships - Ability to work with outside counsel to achieve Company results. Responsible for management of outside counsel relationships for assigned area(s) of responsibility, including reviewing and approving invoices and monitoring costs. Responsible for engagement recommendations to Associate General Counsel and/or General Counsel for assigned area(s) of responsibility

Ability to: Planning, Organizing - Manages and directs outside counsel, Attorneys, Senior Attorneys and clients to achieve results consistent with expectations. Ability to organize and lead project teams (comprised of internal and/or external resources) focused on business area-wide initiatives

Ability to: Influence on Third Parties (outside counsel, opposing counsel, third party representatives, and governmental agencies as appropriate for assigned area(s) of responsibility) - Demonstrated ability to conduct and direct complex negotiations for broad spectrum of matters for specific business areas

Ability to: Written Communication (clear, concise and effective written communications, including emails, business letters and legal memoranda) - Proficient for complex matters relating to business area responsibility. Ability to lead preparation of reports and presentations to Company Vice-Presidents, senior management and Board, as appropriate

Ability to: Oral Communication (effective one-on-one communications with outside counsel, and clients; conduct and participate in meetings; and prepare, conduct and participate in presentations to clients) - Proficient for complex matters relating to assigned area(s) of responsibility. Ability to lead effective meetings and presentations for clients, Company Vice-Presidents and senior management. Ability to effectively communicate on behalf of the Company to third parties

Ability to: Level of Client Contact and Service - Routinely interacts with Company Vice-Presidents and senior management

Ability to: Adherence to Company Core Values – Required

Ability to: apply basic math formulas

Licenses and Certifications

Juris Doctorate - license by state of Oklahoma or eligible to become admitted in Oklahoma with current CLE compliance

Strength Factor Rating - Physical Demands/Requirements

Sedentary Work - Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally (Occasionally: activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) and/or a negligible amount of force frequently (Frequently: activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Strength Factor Description - Physical Demands/Requirements

Standing: Remaining on one's feet in an upright position at a work station without moving about (Occasionally)

Walking: Moving about on foot (Frequently)

Sitting: Remaining in a seated position (Constantly)

Lifting: Raising or lowering an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling) (Occasionally)

Carrying: Transporting an object, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder (Occasionally)

Pushing: Exerting force upon an object so that the object moves away from the force (Occasionally)

Pulling: Exerting force upon an object so that the object moves toward the force (includes jerking) (Occasionally)

Climbing: Ladders, Stairs (Occasionally)

Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling (Occasionally)

Stooping: Bending the body downward and forward by bending the spine at the waist (Occasionally)

Kneeling: Bending the legs at the knees to come to rest on the knee or knees (Occasionally)

Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending the legs and spine (Occasionally)

Crawling: Moving about on the hands and arms in any direction (Occasionally)

Reaching: Extending hands and arms in any direction (Constantly)

Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with the hand or hands (Manual Dexterity) (Constantly)

Fingering: Picking, pinching or otherwise working with the fingers primarily (Finger Dexterity) (Constantly)

Feeling: Perceiving such attributes of objects/materials as size, shape, temperature, texture, movement or pulsation by receptors in the skin, particularly those of the finger tips (Constantly)

Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas/information by means of the spoken word (Frequently)

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sound by the ear (Frequently)

Tasting/Smelling: (Occasionally)

Near Vision: Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less (Constantly)

Far Vision: Clarity of vision at 20 feet for more (Frequently)

Depth Perception: Three-dimensional vision; ability to judge distances and spatial relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are (Frequently)

Vision: Color - The ability to identify and distinguish colors (Constantly)

Working Conditions/Environment

Employee is subject to inside environmental conditions

Working Conditions

Well lighted, climate controlled areas (Constantly)

Frequent repetitive motion (Constantly)

CRT (Computer Monitor(s)) (Constantly)


Travel in and around office locations, plant facilities, government offices, government offices required


Based on assigned tasks, employee may be assigned a company vehicle requiring the applicable driver's license

ONEOK is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, national origin, gender identity, disability, military/veteran status, genetic information or any other categories protected by applicable law.

The job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of ONEOK.

ONEOK is committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request an accommodation email or call 1-855-663-6547​.

ONEOK is a leading midstream service provider and owns one of the nation’s premier natural gas liquids systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers and an extensive network of natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets.