Legal Counsel

  • Metrolinx
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 22, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other) Solicitor

Job Description

  Legal Counsel II (Linked to GEN0015) GEN002Q

$123,045 - $165,540 per annum


Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario.  Our goal is to create a transportation network that enhances the prosperity, sustainability and quality of life for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  Metrolinx is undertaking the largest transportation investment in Ontario’s history to get you where you need to go better, faster, easier, by building light transit, bus rapid transit and Regional Express Rail, as well as operating GO Transit, UP Express and PRESTO.


Metrolinx is currently seeking three talented commercial lawyers to join our busy and collegial legal team, located in downtown Toronto.  The successful candidates will be required to provide proactive, timely and strategic advice to senior business leaders and their teams, or business units, gaining exposure to a wide variety of work on a broad range of matters, including complex infrastructure construction projects, transit-oriented development, and day-to-day operations.  Successful candidates will also work through collaboration and partnership with other transit agencies, multiple regional and municipal governments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the federal government, and the private sector.


Ideal candidates will have 5 - 8 years of Corporate/Commercial experience, gained from a major firm, corporation or government agency.  Excellent drafting skills and experience working with complex commercial contracts will be required. Experience in any of the following areas would be an asset: Commercial Real Estate Law; Municipal Law; Construction Law and Claims Management; and Procurement Law.


Key Responsibilities


  • Works independently and with project teams to develop and manage key commercial  contracts
  • Works effectively with various agencies, departments and levels of management within and external to the organization, including engineers, program managers, business and financial analysts, consultants and executives
  • Provides high-quality legal advice, strategic advice, research, opinions, guidance and service on matters pertaining to large complex transactions, including development projects
  • Directs and manages external counsel on multiple projects
  • Advises and leads presentations to all levels of Management, including briefings of Senior Management and Division Heads
  • Understands how to prioritize tasks, push files forward and escalates issues appropriately
  • Maintains an awareness of current provincial and federal legislation and regulations that may impact Metrolinx; recommends amendments to existing policies and procedures arising from relevant legislative or regulatory changes; provides advice/opinions on the interpretation of legislation
  • Provides proactive and strategic legal advice to organization outside of specific legal assignments
  • Assists with developing training and mentorship programs for junior lawyers and students
  • Provides feedback and direction to paralegal and administrative staff


Location: 97 Front Street West, Toronto

  • Completion of a degree in law (JD or LLB)
  • Minimum five (5) years’ legal experience within the area of Corporate/Commercial law
  • Membership in the Law Society of Ontario as a Lawyer in good standing is required
  • Contributing to corporate policies, standards, and procedures to minimize corporate legal risk and protect position and assets
  • Ability to provide sound legal advice and suggest business-oriented solutions to complex legal issues in commercial and political contexts
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, oral/written/presentation skills to draft documentation, provide legal opinions and interpretations, and direct and manage external legal counsel effectively


To apply for this position, please submit resume online by way of the clear legal job board, no later than November 13, 2019.


Please note that applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required.  Applicants must make their needs known in advance.


Please be advised, Metrolinx uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions.  A Criminal Record Search may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required.




Office Name

: Toronto-Head Office

Office Address(es)

:  Head Office  97 Front Street West   Toronto M5J 1E6


: Full-time

Job Posting

: 21-Oct-2019  


Practice Area(s)

Corporate Law


5 years