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City Attorney

Dallas, TX
Full Time
Job #: HREXR-CITYATT- ADM Exp.: 10+ Years
Position Purpose

The City Attorney serves as the chief legal counsel for the City of Dallas and provides supervision to all attorneys and staff in the City Attorney's Office.

Essential Functions
Plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the City Attorney's Office through two managing Senior Executive Assistant City Attorneys including the administration of oaths and affidavits; prosecution of all cases brought before the Municipal Court; prosecution and defense of all cases involving the City of Dallas in state and federal courts; inspection and issuance of legal opinions on papers, documents, contracts and other instruments; legal issues in which the City may be interested; and provision of legal advice to all official boards and commissions and all City officers and employees with respect to questions involving an official duty or other legal matter pertaining to the affairs of the City of Dallas.
  • Represents the City in all litigation and controversies.
  • Administers oaths and affidavits.
  • Approves as to form in writing all proposed ordinances before they are adopted, or files with the City Council, in writing, any objection to an ordinance.
  • Drafts all proposed ordinances granting franchises.
  • Inspects and passes upon all papers, documents, contracts, and other instruments in which the City may be interested.
  • Provides legal advice to the City Manager and the City Council with respect to questions involving an official duty or other legal matters.
  • As directed by City Council, institutes lawsuits against any offending party in the court having jurisdiction over the specific matter to obtain a judgment or forfeiture of the franchise or privilege.
  • Advises the City Council, City Manager, and all City departments concerning new or proposed state or federal legislation and represents the City before all legislative bodies and matters affecting the City.
  • Appears in any and all litigation affecting the City and represents the City in such a manner as he/she deems to be in the best interest of the City and institutes such legal proceedings as may be necessary or desirable on behalf of the City.
  • The City Attorney works with the Risk Management department to manage Risk funds and manages outside counsel expenditures.
  • Hires or discharges such clerical personnel or other personnel as may be authorized for the City Attorney's Office by City Council.
  • When deemed in the best interest of the City, advises or represents officers and employees of the City in litigation in matters arising out of the official conduct of their office or duties or in the course of their employment.
  • Performs such other legal duties as directed or requested by the City Council or as required to resolve legal issues involving the City of Dallas.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A bachelor's degree and graduation from an accredited college of law and a license to practice law in the State of Texas is required. Candidates should have at least ten (10) years of senior legal administration experience. Experience in legal areas such as Appellate, Constitutional, Land Use/Zoning, Purchasing, Environmental, Open/Public Records, Contracts, and Labor/Employment Law, including litigation and transactional, is beneficial. Texas municipal experience and knowledge of the City of Dallas organization is a plus. A strong candidate will have prior experience as a City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney in a large, complex organization or other significant and applicable public sector experience; or have significant experience managing a large private sector organization with a focus on municipal and civil law.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations concerning city government.
  • Thorough knowledge of principles of management techniques and municipal administration.
  • Extensive experience in litigation as well as litigation management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage and supervise subordinate staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with all levels of management, City officials, vendors, other government agencies, other employees, and the general public.

Closing Date: 4th November, 2019

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