Attorney III (Fraud Prosecutor)

Do you have a passion for public service and enjoy making a difference?  Don’t miss out on this opportunity. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is hiring! Apply now if you’re looking for a rewarding career in public service. We regulate the insurance industry, administer the Texas workers’ compensation system, and educate and protect consumers.

You’ll love the benefits of working at TDI:

  • Flexible work schedules, as applicable.
  • Work-life-balance.
  • 96 hours of accrued vacation a year.
  • 96 hours of accrued sick leave a year.
  • 20+ holidays every year.
  • Career advancement opportunities.
  • Free parking.
  • Free comprehensive medical insurance for full-time employees and 50% off premium costs for dependents (state pays other 50%).

Before you apply:

Learn about our selection process, our military employment preference, and licensing and credential requirements.

Primary Location: Texas-Houston 

Work Locations: DA Office – Harris County, 1201 Franklin Street Suite 600, Houston 77002

Job: Legal 

Employee Status: Regular 

Schedule: Full-time 

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00 

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time 

State Job Code: 3504  

Salary Admin Plan: B 

Grade: 26  

Salary (Pay Basis): 9,166.67 – 9,166.67 (Monthly) 

Number of Openings: 1 

Overtime Status: Exempt 

Job Posting: Sep 15, 2023, 8:10:16 AM 

Closing Date: Ongoing 

Description:

Attorney III (Fraud Prosecutor)

This position performs duties as a Fraud Prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s office, responsible for prosecuting insurance fraud cases referred by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit. Work involves litigation and legal research; drafting legal documents; and interpreting laws, rules and regulations. May perform case evaluation, preparation and management; represents the state in pre-trial and evidentiary hearings and jury/court trials and  insures effective communications with defense attorneys, court personnel, victims and family members, witnesses, and other interested parties. Work is performed under limited supervision with authority to make tactical and legal decisions in connection with assigned cases exercising considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Prosecutes the more complex general or special-category felony cases in assigned court.

This position:

  • Works cooperatively with TDI Fraud Unit investigators, attorneys and staff and Harris County District Attorney’s Office staff, providing guidance and assistance with investigations and referral reports; serves as a liaison between the District Attorney’s Office and the TDI Fraud Unit.
  • May evaluate insurance fraud referrals to decide whether or not to accept or reject the case for prosecution, to determine the appropriate charges to be filed, and prepare the required documentation for indictment.
  • Evaluates assigned insurance fraud cases.
  • Drafting, filing and responding to necessary motions, briefs, or other legal documents for trial and/or hearings.
  • Explains legal process to potential witnesses and prepares witnesses for court testimony and ensures TDI Fraud Unit and victims kept informed on status of case.
  • Gathering, preparing, and presenting evidence, exhibits, and related material for trial or hearing.
  • Representing the State in trial and hearings by; conducting jury selection, presenting opening statements, conducting direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and presenting closing arguments.
  • May negotiate plea-bargains.
  • Prepares necessary legal documents if a plea-bargain agreement is reached and ensuring proper signatures are secured and documents filed as required.
  • Prepares subpoenas, search warrants, affidavits and arrest warrants.
  • Reviews drafts of laws, rules, and regulations affecting TDI Fraud Unit operations.                                                     
  • May assist in formulating, coordinating, and establishing policies and procedures.
  • May  analyze or draft  bills and  amendments for legislative consideration,  memoranda on regulatory matter, and administrative rules for the Texas register.                                                             
  • Assists with special projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

This position requires: 

  • Graduate from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.
  • Plus,three-years of legal experience.
  • Experience as a lead prosecutor for all levels of felony offenses. 

Registration, license, or certification required:

  • Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Additional job details:

This position requires regular work attendance. The position may be eligible for a hybrid work schedule. If eligible, the employee must have a secure, dedicated workspace with reliable broadband internet service. The ideal candidate must be available for weekly meetings and group collaboration via Microsoft Teams and other applications during regular business hours.

Preferences for this position include:

  • Certifications (CFE, Board Certified Criminal or Insurance Specialty)

This position requires demonstrated knowledge of:

  • State laws, rules, procedures, and regulations relevant to job requirements.
  • Statutes and case law relating to prosecution of criminal offense.
  • Evidentiary techniques.

This position requires demonstrated skill in:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Using Microsoft Office software applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint.
  • Using personal computers sufficient to enter and extract data from related systems and programs such as Centralized Accounting Payroll and Personnel (CAPPS) and other systems required to perform the job.
  • Using automated equipment.
  • Communicate effectively to fulfill duty and reporting requirements. 
  • Manage multiple priorities. 

This position requires the demonstrated ability to:

  • Communicate and work effectively with a wide range of people with varied skills, knowledge, and backgrounds.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Analyze and solve work-related problems and work independently on a variety of administrative work and technical assignments.
  • Manage and coordinate multiple tasks and priorities to meet necessary deadlines.
  • Work both independently and as a team player.
  • Analyze and solve legal problems and interpret laws and regulations affecting the agency. 
  • Deal tactfully and professionally with the public, staff and law enforcement.
  • Exercise initiative and sound judgment.
  • Efficiently research complex legal issues. 
  • Prepare clear and accurate opinions and briefs; to prepare cases for trial; to conduct research; to summarize findings; to interpret and apply laws; to use legal reference materials; and to communicate effectively.
  • Express comments and opinions clearly and logically.
  • Comprehend and apply criminal statutes, including Texas Insurance Code and Texas Administrative Code.
  • Communicate effectively to fulfill duty and reporting requirements.
  • Manage multiple priorities. 

Veterans

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To receive a veteran’s preference, you must submit the following documents, as applicable, with your application.

  • Copy of the DD-214; member #4.
  • Statement of compensation from the Veteran’s Administration or
  • Copy of the DD1300.

Applicable Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) codes are included, but not limited to one of the following:

27A, 250X, LGL10, 4402, 4405, 4406, 4407, 4408, 4409, 4410, 4417, 51JX, 92J0.

Click or copy and paste the following link into your browser to access Military Crosswalk information:

https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

How to apply:

All applications must contain complete job histories, including job title, dates of employment, name of employer, manager’s name and phone number, and a description of duties performed. We may reject applications that do not include all the required information. Resumes do not substitute for this required information.

Submitted through Work in Texas:

Work in Texas (WIT) applicants must complete supplemental questions to be considered for the position. To complete supplemental questions, go to CAPPS Career Center to register or log in and access your profile.

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