Assistant Attorney General

Phoenix, AZ
Full Time
Job #: 50734
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office State Government Division, Tax Section, is seeking an Assistant Attorney General. The primary duties for this attorney will be to provide legal representation to the Arizona Department of Revenue ("ADOR") on many issues relating to ADOR's valuation of "centrally valued" properties (e.g., mines, electrical generation facilities, pipelines, etc.) for property tax purposes. Duties will include representing the ADOR when property owners sue the Department to challenge the legality of the ADOR's valuation, whether on statutory or constitutional grounds, or to allege that the valuation of their property is excessive and should be reduced. The attorney should be experienced in conducting discovery, drafting and arguing dispositive and other motions, hearings and, ideally, trials. The attorney will appear on behalf of the ADOR before the State Board of Equalization, the Arizona Tax Court, and Arizona appellate courts as required. Litigation experience required and experience in property appraisal techniques and principles preferred though not necessary. Secondary duties will include representing the ADOR in transaction privilege (sales) tax matters, including administrative appeals and lawsuits. Attorney will work closely with and learn from attorneys in the Tax Section who have with many years of experience litigating property valuation, sales, and other tax matters on behalf of the ADOR.

  • Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.
  • Admission to, and good standing with, the Arizona State Bar is required (include on resume the date(s) of admission in Arizona and any other states). Candidate must have an active Arizona State Bar license.
  • Attorney applicants are required to submit a writing sample with their resume/application profile. Writing Sample Guidelines:
  • The writing sample should contain an analysis of some substantive legal issue and provide insight concerning your ability to think and to explain and advocate for a particular position.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Knowledge needed:
  • Knowledge and understanding of applicable statutes, case law and civil and appellate rules.
  • Knowledge of administrative rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of Arizona rules of civil procedure.
  • Knowledge of property taxation and appraisal principles.
  • Knowledge and experience in civil litigation, including pre-trial, trial and appellate practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of ethical standards applicable to lawyers, and public employees.

Skills needed:
  • Skill in discovery, motion and trial practice and appellate briefing and argument.
  • Skills in persuasive oral and written advocacy.
  • Skills in interpersonal relations necessary for effective teamwork, cooperation and conflict resolution.
  • Skills in advising and representing a government agency.

Abilities needed:
  • Ability to recognize legal issues presented by specific factual situations and to perform necessary legal research and analysis related to those issues.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in legal matters, interpersonal relations and matters related to client representation.
  • Ability to conduct oneself professionally vis-a-vis clients, colleagues, staff, and supervisors.
  • Ability to articulate and convey legal arguments .
  • Ability to apply ethical rules.
  • Ability to exhibit good judgment in evaluating and analyzing diverse legal issues.
  • Ability to handle a high volume of work and stressful situations.

Ideal Candidate
  • Ideal candidate will have previous trial and appellate experience; knowledge of or interest in learning state and local tax law, as well as working knowledge of property appraisal methods; experience working with and cross-examining lay and expert witnesses.

Application Process
All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.

During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the AG’s Human Resources office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.

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