Assistant County Attorney

Salary Depends on Qualifications

Location Houston, TX

Job Type Regular Full-time

Department County Attorney’s Office

Job Number 08018

Closing 6/26/2022 11:59 PM Central

Position Description

The Harris County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) is hiring a mid-to-senior level attorney to join our Affirmative Litigation Division that represents the nation’s third largest county, its elected officials, and 17,000 employees in state and federal litigation. The Division seeks an experienced and motivated attorney with stellar writing and advocacy skills.

The Affirmative Litigation Division represents Harris County in complex, high impact matters in a variety of areas, including constitutional rights, consumer protection, nuisance, fraud, elections, and contractual matters. The Division also investigates potential claims and regulatory enforcement against businesses and individuals. Our goal is to advance and protect, through litigation, the well-being, health, and safety of Harris County residents.

The attorney will work on civil litigation matters from case inception through discovery and motion practice, trial, and appeal including arguments before Texas and federal appellate courts.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts legal research and reviews case law relevant to issues as they develop in cases.
  • Drafts legal documents including petitions, answers, discovery questions, responses, motions and briefs.
  • Participates in hearings, depositions, court hearings, and trial.
  • Identifies documents and records appropriate for cases.
  • Develops and manages relationships with clients, courts, the public and other work groups related to assigned cases.
  • Monitors assumed cases to ensure that all discovery requests including requests for interrogatories, admissions, disclosures, and production are timely responded to.
  • Reviews and responds to motions filed by opposing counsel.
  • Prepares witnesses before hearings or trials.
  • Investigates facts and obtains evidence in cases.
  • Performs multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining an effective balance of priorities and high productivity.
  • Ensures proficiency with technology and legal tools such as Westlaw, Microsoft Word, Adobe, and PowerPoint.
  • Maintains case files electronically in OpenText.
  • Responds promptly to phone calls, emails, and other correspondence.
  • Participates in one-on-one sessions with the Managing Attorney of the Division to give and receive feedback.
  • Participates in Division staff meetings.
  • Encourages and mentors attorneys, paralegals, interns, and law clerks.

Other Duties:
This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Management may, at its discretion, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
 If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email [email protected].

This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate. Requirements Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Must be licensed to practice in the State of Texas and federal Southern District of Texas
  • Must have practiced law for at least five years 
  • Experience drafting pleadings and motions
  • Deposition experience
  • Motion practice experience
  • First or second chair jury trial experience
  • Experience gathering, objecting to, and producing discovery

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent research, writing, and courtroom skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to communicate and work in a collaborative group
  • Proficiency with technology and legal tools such as Westlaw, Microsoft Word, Adobe, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of federal and state rules of civil procedure and evidence
  • Ability to perform thorough legal and factual analyses and exercise good judgment
  • Occasional ability to work extended hours to accommodate case load demands
  • Ability to organize and prioritize assignments to meet deadlines
  • Ability to comply with office policies and training requirements

NOTEQualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. “See Resume” will not be accepted for qualifications.  Preferences

  • Applicants should provide:
    • A cover letter
    • A resume with references
    • At least one writing sample with their application
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have trial and/or appellate experience

General Information Position Type, Typical Work Schedule, and Work Environment:
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, with occasional weekends and holidays as necessary. 
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, HCAO employees work from home part-time, which requires that you have the ability to work from home and reliable internet access. Once restrictions are lifted, you will be provided with an office in the County Attorney’s Office. 
This job typically operates in a professional office environment, and the attorney in this role uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, scanners/copiers, and phones.

Physical Demands:
This is largely a sedentary role, exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Employment may be contingent on passing a drug screen and meeting other standards.
 Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.

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