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Waste Connections, Inc Associate Counsel in The Woodlands, Texas

Job Title

Associate Counsel

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Requisition Primary Location

The Woodlands, Texas

Job Description

Position: Associate Counsel

Reports to: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Location: Principal Administrative Offices, The Woodlands, TX

Waste Connections, Inc. (TSX/NYSE: WCN) is an integrated solid waste services company that provides non-hazardous waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets in the U.S. and Canada. Through its R360 Environmental Solutions subsidiary, Waste Connections is also a leading provider of non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in several of the most active natural resource producing areas in the United States, including the Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford Basins. Waste Connections serves more than six million residential, commercial, industrial, and exploration and production customers in 41 states in the U.S., and six provinces in Canada. The Company also provides intermodal services for the movement of cargo and solid waste containers in the Pacific Northwest. Waste Connections was founded in September 1997. Its Principal Administrative Offices are located in The Woodlands, Texas, 30 miles north of Houston.

At Waste Connections, culture is a critical component of our success. To us, culture matters. Our 16,000 employees are more empowered and more engaged than ever before as we continue to grow both internally and through acquisitions. Our managers in the field operate within a relatively decentralized structure, but look to our corporate and administrative offices for certain centralized services, including legal advice and counsel. The Legal Department looks for individuals who embrace servant leadership, and who are equally comfortable drafting and negotiating a contract or socializing with colleagues after work.

A Day in the Life of an Associate Counsel at Waste Connections:

The Associate Counsel is a corporate generalist, able to provide a wide range of legal services and advice to various departments and business units throughout the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing legal services to various departments and business units with respect to a variety of transactional and commercial matters around the U.S., including drafting, reviewing, and negotiating customer contracts, franchise, collection, transportation and disposal agreements, master service agreements, information technology agreements, property and equipment leases, requests for proposals and other commercial arrangements.

  • Enforcing commercial and municipal contracts, including collection of past due amounts, pursuing and defending claims of tortious interference against and by competitors, pursuing claims against poachers and enforcing various contract provisions.

  • Assisting with other disputes and litigation matters.

  • Supporting merger and acquisition transactions, including due diligence, document preparation, closing mechanics and post-closing integration.

  • Answering subpoenas.

  • Completing special projects as requested.

  • Assisting with managing relationships and services of outside attorneys.

Requirements :

  • J.D., excellent academic credentials.

  • Active license to practice law in at least one state and active membership in good standing of the bar of at least one state.

  • 3+ years of experience practicing corporate/commercial law in a major law firm or corporation.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, dynamic and team-oriented.

  • Excellent analytical skills, with a strong ability to draft and review legal documents, and analyze and apply legal advice in a practical manner.

  • Hard working, well-organized and detail-oriented. Must be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure.

  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad variety of legal matters.

  • Willingness to learn and advise in other general law subject matter areas as needed.

What’s In It for You?

You will be joining a team environment and colleagues who embrace a “work hard, play harder” culture. Our compensation package is competitive and comes with excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, long term disability, life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan. You’ll also be associating yourself with a company that likes to lead by example, through a strong presence in our local communities, charitable giving, sustainability initiatives and more.

Waste Connections is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans)

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Who We Are

Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets. Our goal is to create an environment where self-directed, empowered employees strive to consistently fulfill our constituent commitments and seek to create positive impacts through interactions with customers, communities, and fellow employees.


Waste Connections is always working to protect the health of the communities we serve, and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication that you bring to your job every day. Working here means you are a safety-minded individual who is making important contributions on a daily basis that will make a positive impact on those around you. We appreciate that you are a person of integrity who takes pride in the work you do.

Our Opportunities


People who want to gain valuable professional experience will find that Waste Connections is a fantastic place to work. You’ll enjoy the opportunity for beneficial training and professional development opportunities that can help enhance your skills and lead the way to a more promising future.


Bring your passion to succeed and you’ll quickly discover that great opportunities are all around you. At Waste Connections, you’ll thrive if you are friendly, dedicated, and prefer a work hard/play hard culture that is focused on maintaining our reputation as the premier waste services company in the markets we serve.