General Motors Counsel - Emissions & Regulatory - LEG0000740 in Detroit, Michigan

The Legal Staff of General Motors seeks an exceptional legal practitioner with excellent judgment, solid character, and personal integrity as an Emissions and Regulatory Counsel. This role provides critical advice and counsel on vehicle emissions and fuel economy, substances of concern, and dangerous goods transportation matters. The position is a collaborative partner with, and reports to, the Lead Counsel of the Emissions and Regulatory group.

In this position, you’ll be a key business partner contributing to GM’s success by combining both legal and business expertise and understanding GM’s operations and strategic goals.

You must be a mature attorney who can provide a big-picture perspective while maintaining a hands-on role. You’ll manage multiple projects simultaneously and work effectively across internal functions and businesses with a high degree of accountability.

We are located at GM’s Global Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, a city undergoing an exciting transformation fueled by innovation and opportunity. We provide competitive benefits, compensation, and relocation to Detroit.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Advise GM engineers, technical staff, government relations/public policy staff, and management on mobile source, dangerous goods transportation, and substances of concern laws and regulations;

  • Represent GM before federal and state authorities, agencies, administrative tribunals, and courts in environmental and regulatory matters;

  • Work closely with clients on compliance and strategy committees;

  • Review proposed laws and regulations, and assist in GM/industry comments and lobbying efforts;

  • Support GM participation in trade association matters; and

  • Draft, review, and negotiate legal agreements.


  • Law degree and strong academic record from a reputable law school.

  • Active license to practice law in Michigan or at least one other US jurisdiction, and (if not admitted in Michigan) the ability to qualify for in-house practice in Michigan.

  • A minimum of three years of legal experience in a reputable law firm, government agency, or corporate law department as an environmental attorney.

  • Significant experience handling environmental matters under a broad range of federal and state legal requirements applicable to a major original equipment manufacturer in the automotive industry is ideal.

  • Experience with mobile emissions and fuel economy standards matters under Title II of the Clean Air Act is preferred.

Candidates must also possess:

  • Good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness;

  • Ability to make decisions within the scope of assigned authority;

  • High level of interpersonal organizational skills;

  • High level of problem solving and analytical skills;

  • High level of oral and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including team management;

  • Demonstrated ability to manage outside counsel and budgets;

  • Demonstrated level of creativity and ability to plan and execute special projects;

  • Ability to work both independently, with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment;

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, efficiently, and in a timely manner; and

  • Ability to use MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.