The Washington State Attorney General's Office’s Transportation and Public Construction Division (TPC) has an immediate opening for an attorney interested in providing client advice to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in the areas of real property management, leasing, acquisitions and disposals, highway maintenance, and implementation of WSDOT’s fish passage culvert correction program.
Although the position will primarily involve client advice, it may present opportunities for litigation. The selected candidate will have an opportunity to work independently and to partner with other TPC attorneys and professional staff on matters across the broad range of legal issues that TPC works on.
The TPC Division is a professional and inclusive work environment where teamwork, high quality legal service and work-life balance are highly valued. TPC includes 25 attorney and professional staff located in Tumwater. TPC provides advice and litigation services to WSDOT in support of its construction, operation, and maintenance of state highways, the state ferry systems, and state-owned rail lines. TPC also provides advice and litigation services to several other transportation-related state agencies. The advice and litigation work involves a wide array of legal issues, including real property management and land use, transportation, environmental, public construction, eminent domain, tribal, information technology, civil rights, contracting, and public records. TPC litigates matters in state and federal courts and administrative forums. TPC offers a fast-paced and intellectually demanding legal practice. TPC also fosters a collegial atmosphere and provides internal training and mentoring.
This full-time position may involve occasional travel. In light of concerns related to COVID and the Governor's mandate it is anticipated that the person hired will immediately and for the near future perform a significant portion of their work remotely by telecommuting. The Office will provide all necessary equipment and support.
Typical duties performed by attorneys in TPC include:
- Working positively within a team setting to develop effective legal strategies;
- Providing options-based legal advice to clients and AGO management;
- Researching and analyzing relevant law;
- Advising on state rulemaking and legislative efforts;
- Negotiating contracts and real property transactions; and
- Providing training to agency clients and external stakeholders.
To be considered, one must meet the qualifications to serve as an Assistant Attorney General. In addition, the preferred candidate for this complex and rewarding work will have:
- A minimum of three years of experience practicing law that includes experience providing client advice on real property, contracting, and/or related matters;
- Excellent analytical, writing and oral advocacy skills;
- A comfort and willingness to handle high profile, fast paced, and challenging advice matters and cases;
- The ability to promote a cooperative work environment that supports diversity at all levels; and
- The ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively with clients and co-workers.
Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA's Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. (Applicants who meet the other stated qualifications and are actively pursuing admission by motion will also be considered.) The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protecting the rights of its people.