Assistant County Attorney – General Counsel

The Harris County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) is seeking an attorney for its General Counsel Practice Group. The Assistant County Attorney will draft transactions and gain knowledge of legal principles and procedures concerning contracts including federal and state laws, rules, and regulations that apply to the County; give formal and informal advice to various elected officials; prepare statements for our office and the County for media inquiries; and assist with public information requests and open meetings issues. The General Counsel Practice Group values action oriented team players who exhibit the highest of ethical standards and enthusiastically improve their professional skills while providing public service to Harris County. The Practice Group is willing to train the successful candidate.

This Attorney primarily:

Negotiates the legal terms and drafts contracts, amendments, addendums, and court orders

Advises various departments and county officials on legal issues that impact the department’s day to day business dealings including the department’s rights, responsibilities, and benefits under contract 

Advises various departments and county officials on legal issues including interpreting federal and state laws and regulations affecting the department

Reviews various departments’ and officials’ policies and procedures to ensure they comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws, regulations, rules, and ordinances 

Acts as a liaison on legal issues between a client department and a corresponding department or governmental entity, especially to Legislative Relations when the Texas Legislature is in session 

Performs other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Juris Doctorate Degree

Licensure by the State Bar of Texas and in good standing

Effective analytical, organizational, and time-management skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Ability to handle complex and often time-sensitive legal issues

Ability to establish good rapport with clients, including elected and appointed officials

Proficiency with Microsoft Office and the use of technology in the practice of law

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