Senior Attorney, Employment and Litigation

THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED. 

SALARY: $101,717.38 – $127,146.73 Salary USD

JOB SUMMARY: Attorney experienced in municipal law working under general direction of supervisory staff. Serves as primary resource in preparing, reviewing, and interpreting the law in assigned area(s), in addition to possible supervision of support staff and/or other attorneys.  Addresses more complex legal issues, carries a greater or more difficult caseload or assignments, and exercises more independent decision-making than an Attorney I or Attorney II.   Attorney may be assigned to one of three primary areas of practice: Municipal Law, Litigation and Employment, or Public Safety.  

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide subject matter expertise in one or more of the following areas: economic development, telecommunications/franchising, real estate law (including eminent domain and real estate transactions), land use, contracts, elections, civil litigation defense (including Texas Torts Claims Act and civil rights actions), police legal, employment law, civil service, collections, and municipal court prosecution.
  • Conduct legal research to provide legal opinions, advice, and strategies on various legal and policy matters.
  • Prosecute misdemeanor criminal and civil violations in municipal court, including both bench and jury trials, and assist with pre-trial dispositions.
  • Represent the City in administrative hearings.
  • Provide legal advice on police matters and review warrants.
  • Represent the City in civil litigation defense, primarily in personal injury cases, including drafting pleadings, discovery responses, and motions.
  • Provide legal guidance and assistance with employee disciplinary investigations (including Internal Affairs reports) and represent the City in defense of employee disciplinary actions at various hearings including third party arbitration.
  • Draft ordinances, resolutions, and policies.
  • Review and draft complex contracts, agreements, deeds and other legal documents.
  • Provide training to departments and legal updates on relevant legal issues on behalf of the City Attorney.
  • Provide training, briefings, and legal representation for various City boards and commissions, as well as City Council.
  • Act as Parliamentarian at City-related open meetings.
    Interact closely with management of City departments and the City Managers’ Office to advise them of legal risk associated with various activities.
  • May select, train, direct, and evaluate the work of support staff and other attorneys.
  • Manage and assist outside counsel.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Maintain license to practice law in Texas by completing required Continuing Legal Education and staying in good standing with the Texas Bar.
  • Meet and maintain qualifications for Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) access.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

In addition to the specific job functions above, all attorneys must be able to:

  • Locate and analyze applicable statutes, policies, and rules.
  • Perform legal research on a variety of platforms.
  • Stay current on laws applicable to their area of practice.
  • Effectively use technology, including but not limited to Microsoft applications.
  • Summarize legal issues orally or in writing in a concise and professional manner.
  • Communicate comfortably with a wide variety of individuals and be proficient at public speaking.
  • Multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Be comfortable with sensitive or potentially sensitive information and exercise good judgment and discretion when discussing the information.
  • Make in-person court appearances when required.
  • Develop alternate solutions to problems.
  • Cross-train, assist, or assume the duties of the other similarly classed attorney positions as operational needs arise.
  • Work in an office environment with other attorneys and staff or work in a workspace located in another City department.
  • Have a working knowledge of the organizational structure of the City of Arlington and its leadership.

Qualifying Education and Experience:

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and a current license to practice law in the State of Texas, in good standing is required.
  • Five (5) years as a practicing attorney with three (3) years of specialization in one of the areas of law routinely practiced in the City Attorney’s Office, including but not limited to: general litigation, police legal, contracts, construction claims, land use, collections, municipal prosecution, telecommunications/franchising, real estate, economic development, labor/employment, or civil service.

Employment Screenings Required:

  • Criminal background check

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship. Job descriptions typically change over time as requirements and employee skill levels change. Supervisors may revise and/or add duties to reflect these changes. The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position with the appropriate approvals.

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