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Attorney Senior Counsel - Civil Services, Land/Transactional

at Maricopa County

Pay: $49.25 to $71.65/hour
$49.25 - $71.65
Posted: 3/7/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2242326
Categories: Government, Legal
Keywords: legal, law

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Overview

This Attorney Senior Counsel is responsible for performing senior level, advanced legal work in the County Attorney's office's land use & transactional practice group by providing advice to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, County Administration and its departments, elected officials, and special taxing districts with minimal direction and supervision.  The position also defends the County in administrative hearings and related litigation.  

Position Qualifications

Minimum Education and/or Experience:
Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school and six (6) years law practice experience, of which includes four (4) years of extensive condemnation, land use, real estate, bankruptcy and/or environmental law advisory experience.
Specialized Training, Certifications, and/or Other Special Requirements:
Must possess or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire a valid Arizona driver's license.  Successful candidates must be admitted to practice law and be in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona at the time of application.  Must maintain Continuing Legal Education requirements imposed by the State of Arizona.
NOTE:  The Maricopa County Attorney's Office requires a thorough background check of all successful candidates and is authorized to test prospective employees for the presence of illegally accessed drugs.  Drug testing is conducted once an offer has been extended and prior to placement.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Standards and ethics of the legal profession.
  • Court laws, court decisions, and rules of evidence and procedure.
  • Presenting and arguing cases in court and/or before administrative tribunals and to handle unanticipated problems smoothly.
  • Principles, methods, materials, practices, and references utilized in legal research.

Skill in:
  • Communicating effective, orally with clients, judges, other agencies and members of the public by telephone or one-on-one or group setting.
  • Applying legal analysis, research, and writing techniques and tools in order to draft clear, concise, and organized legal correspondence, memoranda, documents, and pleadings.
  • Interviewing witnesses to obtain facts regarding case or issue presented.
Ability to:
  • Apply independent judgment effectively and appropriately.
  • Apply laws, court decisions, and rules of evidence and procedures.
  • Competently handle trial work, administrative matters and/or client advice on related legal matters without supervision or mentoring, and act on sound legal strategies.  
  • Analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents to ascertain the determining aspects of cases and present material in a clear and logical form.
  • Maintain professional relationships. 
  • Effectively and efficiently negotiate the just resolution of assigned matters.
  • Maintain CLE requirements imposed by State Bar of Arizona.

Preferred Education and/or Experience:
Experience practicing law in a government setting.  First chair civil trial experience in Federal and State Court, preferably some experience with 42 U.S.C. § 1983 cases.  Appellate experience is preferred. 
Working Conditions:
Office and court room settings in high volume, fast-paced environment with frequent stressful situations.  May require long period of sitting while completing paperwork, standing and moving about during course of performing duties.  Ability to travel to and from various county locations for court appearances, meetings and trainings, utilizing personal or county owned vehicle.  Ability to move up to 20 pounds.

Essential Job Tasks

  • Communicates effectively orally and in writing with clients, staff, courts and other administrative agencies. 
  • Reviews and analyzes relevant law to advise clients and represent the county in litigation and administrative matters.
  • Conducts research and analyze legal issues.  Develops and deploys trial strategy for assigned cases. 
  • Provides a significant degree of guidance and support to less experienced legal staff on matters such as legal strategy, research, client discussions, discovery, hearings and trials.  Develops client discussions, discovery, motions, court appearances and trials.
  • Responsible for compliance with the continuing legal education requirements and other requirements imposed by the State Bar of Arizona. 
  • Implements changes in process and procedures.

Selection Procedure

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified.  Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation.  A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County.  These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.

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