Attorney II

THIS POSITION WILL CLOSE ON 11/9/2020.

SALARY: 71,727.60 – 89,659.50 Salary USD

The position will focus primarily on representing the City of Arlington in matters related to dangerous and substandard structures in accordance with Local Government Code Chapters 54 and 214 and advising the Arlington Police Department under the supervision of the Police Legal Advisor. 

JOB SUMMARY:
Under general direction is responsible for performing legal research, investigating claims, complaints and lawsuits made against and/or on behalf of the City and prosecuting violators of City ordinances.  Also responsible for interacting with and advising departments regarding claims, complaints and lawsuits made against and/or on behalf of the City.  Responsible for responding to legal inquiries from other City departments and providing formal legal opinions.  Responsible for case development and representing the City in administrative and court proceedings.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Ability to research and prepare legal documents in relation to civil litigation and administrative hearings, including but not limited to discovery, discovery responses, motions, appellate briefs and all pleadings.
  • Ability to attend hearings in municipal, state, and/or federal district court and administrative tribunals.
  • Ability to research and draft legal documents including City ordinances, criminal complaints, resolutions, deeds, contracts, etc., for compliance with all applicable laws.
  • Ability to prepare and submit written reports to the City Attorney on proposed legislation, progress reports, legal opinions, current lawsuits and potential lawsuits.
  • Ability to conduct legal research regarding the consequences of various municipal government functions and prepare opinions for review by the City Attorney.
  • Ability to communicate legal options to management level staff in the City.
  • Ability to provide supervision to support staff on projects.
  • Ability to review and advise departments on application of law and the personnel policy as to discipline and other employee relations matters.
  • Ability to assist in the investigation of employee disciplines, harassment claims and sworn internal affairs investigations.
  • Ability to conduct initial interviews with claimants and recommend to the City Attorney actions to be taken.
  • Ability to specialize in contracts, code enforcement, criminal law, employee relations, or litigation cases, particularly nuisance abatement, workers’ compensation, tort/claims, and/or civil rights laws.
  • Ability to assess Open Records Requests and Interagency Requests to ensure compliance with the Texas Public Information Act.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules of evidence and procedure, codes and statutes.
  • Skill in communicating orally and in writing in order to prepare legal documents and to counsel and represent the City before Administrative and judicial bodies.
  • Ability to analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to local governments.
  • Ability to develop alternative solutions to problems to evaluate courses of action, to reach appropriate decisions and to counsel/guide individuals.
  • Ability to work on complex cases with limited supervision.

Qualifying Education and Experience:

License to practice law in the State of Texas required.   Possession of a valid Texas Operator’s License, Class C, unless another person is available to drive the Attorney II to any court appearances.  A Juris Doctorate Degree and three years as a practicing attorney with a minimum of one year in municipal work preferred.  A thorough background check will be performed.

Applicants must apply online at http://www.arlington-tx.gov