Job Posting: Associate Corporate Counsel


3Degrees is a leading environmental commodity, renewable energy certificate (REC) and carbon offset (sometimes called Voluntary Emission Reductions, or VERs) trading and origination, marketing, and services firm, and is based in San Francisco’s Presidio. 3Degrees is also a leader in utility customer choice programs. 3Degrees also assists project sponsors in the financing, verification, registration, and commercialization of RECs and VERs.

3Degrees was named the #1 U.S. REC Dealer in Energy Risk’s 2008 Commodity Rankings and the 2008 Department of Energy’s Large Commercial Green Power Supplier of the Year.

3Degrees has played a leading role in developing markets for environmental commodities, and is in the process of maturing from a successful start-up to a business with appreciable day-today legal needs.

3Degrees is seeking a transactional/corporate counsel with an understanding of, and experience in, energy or financial asset trading as well as environmental laws and regulations for day-to-day support in its trading, origination, services and ordinary corporate functions. The candidate must be able to hit the ground running in a company that trades and renders services in environmental commodities.

The precise nature of the position will be tailored to fit the optimal candidate. Note: This is not intended to be a senior position, as the company does not have that need, but rather, this as an ideal opportunity for an associate-level attorney who can develop into a field of practice that will very shortly become an important part of the economy.


Associate Corporate Counsel


Reports to the President


San Francisco, CA (corporate headquarters in the Presidio)


The Associate Corporate Counsel will provide general legal advice and support to assist company transaction teams and general management and business activities. The role will be principally focused on drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts for the purchase and sale of RECs and VERs and other company agreements, interacting with outside counsel, and other corporate legal matters.


The ideal candidate will have:

JD from a reputable law school, placing favorably in his/her class, with law review experience

Be a member of the Bar of the State of California or the Bar of the State of New York

3 to 8 years of experience as a transactional attorney (as counsel in mid-sized legal firm or internal legal counsel, preferably related to energy, commodities, and/or financial services)

Experience with environmental or energy regulation

Strong business sense with proven capacity to weave together legal experience with business judgment

Personal presence, communication skills and credibility necessary to effectively interact with company constituents and counterparties

Extensive contract evaluation and negotiation experience, including capacity to quickly read and draft an agreement with a complete understanding of risks, ramifications, interpretations, loopholes, and liabilities.

Self-motivated, enthusiastic and hard working.

Strong negotiating skills

Resourceful research skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Desire to meet the demands of a growth stage enterprise and ability to manage multiple matters in a fast-paced environment


Compensation commensurate with experience and skill set


Group medical and dental, 401(k)

Become part of a team of individuals equally committed to sustainability and renewable energy


If you are interested in this position, please review the 3Degrees website for additional information about the organization at To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Please write “Counsel” in the subject heading, as only applications with this subject heading will be accepted. The position shall remain open until filled.


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