The Massachusetts Port Authority’s Legal Counsel (Governance) provides in-house legal support to the administrative and operating departments in compliance with Massport’s policies and procedures and applicable law with an emphasis on corporate governance, compliance, employment and procurement.

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Essential Tasks of the Job:

Provides day-to-day assistance to the Legal Department and Massport departments on various matters.
1. Advises the Legal Department and Massport departments on issues that touch on every aspect of state law, including: policies, day-to-day operations, contracts, intergovernmental agreements, responds to public records requests (including security related), counsel employees on conflict of interest matters.

2. Advises on open meeting law, diversity and compliance, employment, and procurement matters.

Provides analysis and creates documentation for Massport staff on the legal and internal administrative implications of Authority plans, policies, and operational activities.
1. Reviews and analyzes federal, state and local case law as it affects Massport policies, procedures and operations.

2. Monitors Authority activities to verify compliance with laws.

3. Prepares legal opinions on issues relating to the activities of the Authority.

4. Negotiates, drafts and performs statutory review of various documents, including leases, amendments, contracts, grants, operating agreements, licenses, and consultant agreements.

5. Cooperates with outside counsel representing the interests of Massport.

Advises Massport staff on various legal and internal administrative issues relating to activities of the Authority and provides on-going legal counsel to various units within the Authority.
1. Guides the Authority’s units through procedural and substantive legal matters arising out of Massport and statutory bidding and procurement requirements, including RFPs, and issues arising out of aviation, maritime, development and security activities of Massport.

2. Assists unit staff in developing and initiating regulatory compliance procedures and practices.

Represents the Authority before state and federal administrative and regulatory agencies.
1. Reviews federal, state, and local laws affecting Massport’s positions.

2. Makes presentations, as necessary, to federal, state, and local agencies on Massport issues and policies.

3. Attends hearings and meetings in cases, and on issues concerning Massport.

Prepares and presents memoranda and other support documents relative to various items before the Board for action/review.

Monitors the legal and regulatory environment in which the Authority conducts business.


Completes selected projects as assigned by the Chief Legal Counsel or the Deputy Chief Legal Counsel.

 Job Requirements and Qualifications:
EDUCATION LEVEL:  J.D. required.  Demonstrated knowledge and skills in legal analysis, document drafting and administrative, regulatory and constitutional law required.EXPERIENCE IN RELATED FIELD:  2 – 4 years of relevant or transferable experience in a public agency, corporate or law firm setting with knowledge and skill in legal analysis and document drafting is required.UNIQUE EXPERTISE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATIONS:
1. Membership in Massachusetts Bar.

2. Ability to pass a Massport controlled substances test and security background checks.

 Supplemental Information:
WORK SCHEDULE:  Ability to work a 37.5 hour work week. Ability to work additional hours as necessary as work load demands.