Closing Date: 07/23/19 11:59 PM
The Harris County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) represents Harris County, its departments, elected and appointed officials, and employees in all civil matters that involve county business. The HCAO also represents the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, and the Greater 911 Emergency Network, which are separate legal entities.
The Attorney provides legal services in matters involving litigation and insures that the Office of the County Attorney appropriately prosecutes and defends the litigation. The Attorney works with other members of the Office of the County Attorney and other county employees who may have knowledge about the litigation.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Knows and follows the Texas and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Texas and Federal Rules of Evidence, the Texas and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct, the Harris County Personnel Regulations, and the policies of the County Attorney
• Develops persuasive oral and written arguments and knows how to interpret the Judge
• Prepares for administrative hearings, appellate hearings, court hearings, and trial assistance when requested
• Prepares and files discovery, briefs, and motions within the deadlines established
• Makes well-reasoned settlement recommendations to the client and/or commissioners court
• Completes the required hours of continuing education in related courses
• Keeps a positive, professional and pleasant attitude/demeanor toward co-workers, the Judge, the court staff, other county employees and members of the public
• Participates in lessons learned meetings after major hearings or trials to discuss what was done correctly and explore ways to improve
• Works on special projects in the office and help other attorneys with their cases as needed
• Improves efficiency by delegating tasks to paralegals, decreasing turnaround times and streamlining work processes
• Reduces the number of continuances and extensions requested • Closes files at the appropriate time
• Completes assignments accurately, early or on-time, and in the most efficient way possible
• Promptly responds to phone calls, emails, and other correspondence
• Maintains a good attendance record, working a regular schedule and longer when needed
• Proactively keeps clients informed about the status of cases
• Meets promised deadlines inside and outside of the office
• Provides and accepts positive feedback and constructive criticism, avoiding negative discussions about coworkers, County employees or members of the public
• Juris Doctorate
• State Bar of Texas licensure and in good standing
• A minimum of five (5) years of directly relevant experience
• Ability to use the case management database
• Skilled at making oral presentations and speeches
• Flexibility in scheduling/hours of work and work late or on weekends to meet deadlines • Ability to work well with others by sharing/accepting duties and responsibilities
• Adaptability to new or changed office policies, procedures, assignments, supervisors and coworkers
• Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
• Professional image and proper courtroom demeanor
• Ability to simultaneously work on more than one lawsuit, appeal, and project, prioritizing multiple assignments and deadlines
NOTE: Qualifying 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.
• Monday through Friday • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
• Will be Discussed At Interview
• Depends on Qualifications
Employment is contingent upon passing a background check.
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.