The Bureau of Law & Adjustment is responsible for adjusting claims for and against the City of New York. The Law Division investigates and resolves claims generally of a non-tort nature including affirmative, refund, salary, special education and claims arising out of contract disputes. The Division works closely with the New York City Law Department, New York City Department of Education, and various other agencies and departments on a variety of matters.
Under the direction of the Chief of the Law Division, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, responsibilities of the Agency Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following:
Minimum Qual Requirements:
- Investigating, evaluating, and negotiating settlements of or disallowing claims, including drafting determination letters and settlement documents;
- Reviewing and evaluating recommendations made by the Law Department, Department of Education, and other City agencies and departments for the settlement of claims and lawsuits;
- Drafting comprehensive and concise memoranda recommending settlement outside of delegated authority;
- Attending and participating in settlement conferences and negotiations;
- Communicating effectively and professionally with claimants, agencies, contractors, attorneys, etc. for the purpose of investigating and resolving claims;
- Communicating effectively and professionally with the Comptroller’s engineering and auditing staff, the Bureau of Accountancy, and the Central Imaging Facility, as well as the staff of other elected officials, among others;
- Performing related assignments and special projects, as required.
1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below.
2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.Preferred Skills:
- 2+ years of experience performing significant legal work subsequent to admission to any bar;
- Proven negotiation skills;
- Exceptional analytical, organizational, and written and oral communication skills;
- The ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks with minimal supervision and outstanding attention to detail;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with all levels of management.
- Microsoft office suite proficiency.
Certain residency requirements may apply. We appreciate every applicant’s interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.