Counsel - Compliance

Founded in 1934, AAR is the world's leading railroad policy, research, standard setting, and technology organization, focusing on the safety and productivity of the U.S. freight rail industry.  Headquartered in Washington D.C., AAR is a 501(c)(6) trade association.  Its members include the major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak.  AAR owns two for-profit subsidiaries, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, which focuses on research and test activities, and Railinc Corp. in Cary, North Carolina, which provides information technology products and services.

The AAR offers a competitive pay and bonus structure.

General Information
Location  425 THIRD ST NW STE 1000
United States
Employee Type  Full-Time
Job Category  Employment Law, Political Activity, Tax
Manage Others  No
Contact Information
Name  Human Resources

The Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) is seeking a Counsel -- Compliance to perform a variety of legal work, reporting to the SVP – Law and General Counsel. The position’s primary function is to ensure that the AAR and its subsidiaries are in full compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

More specifically, the successful candidate will immediately oversee compliance with, and provide counsel and training to employees of AAR and its subsidiaries regarding, at least the following:

  • Political activity laws and regulations;
  • Relevant tax laws and regulations;
  • Employment laws and regulations; and
  • Employee benefits laws and regulations (experience with the railroad retirement system is desirable but not required).


AAR expects that over time, the attorney holding this position also may become responsible for antitrust compliance, counseling, and training, as well as counseling AAR and its subsidiaries regarding contracting matters and assisting with review, drafting, and negotiation of key contracts as appropriate.

Experience with and knowledge of intellectual property laws and basic corporate transactions is also desirable, but not required.

The above description of responsibilities is representative of the position and the knowledge and experience a successful candidate is expected to have when hired, but is not intended to limit or preclude other responsibilities and tasks that may be associated with or added to the position, based on the needs and strategic direction of the organization. 



  • J.D. from an accredited law school and minimum of five years of relevant legal experience in a     corporate, law firm, or association environment.
  • Admission to the D.C. Bar.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and written and oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with internal clients and AAR member representatives. 
  • Highest ethical standards.
  • Excellent references.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.