Assistant County Attorney

Job Title: Assistant County Attorney

Division: Defensive Litigation

Requisition #: 07778

Job Description

General Summary:

The Harris County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) is hiring a junior-to-mid level attorney to join our Defensive Litigation Division which represents the nation’s third largest county, its elected officials and 17,000 employees in state and federal litigation.  We defend suits ranging from state tort actions to federal civil rights suits and other unique and imaginative cases.  This attorney will have the opportunity to refine their civil litigation skills from case inception through discovery and motion practice, trial and appeal including arguments before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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.
  • Being prepared for administrative hearings, depositions, court hearings, and trial.
  • Identify 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. 
  • Practicing 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.
  • Maintaining case files electronically in OpenText.
  • Responding 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.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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
  • Experience drafting pleadings and motions
  • Experience gathering, objecting to, and producing discovery
  • 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
  • Deposition experience
  • Motion practice experience
  • First or second chair jury trial experience

Education & Experience Requirements: 

Applicants must have practiced law for at least three years and be licensed to practice in the State of Texas and federal Southern District of Texas.

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, which requires that you have the ability to work from home and reliable internet access. Once restrictions are lifted, you will be provided 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.

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.

Preferences:

Preference will be given to applicants who have trial and/or appellate experience. Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume with references, and at least one writing sample with their application.

Please apply at:  Assistant County Attorney – Defensive Litigation | Job Details tab | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com)