Description of Duties: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking an experienced litigator for its Land Acquisition and Bankruptcy (LAB) Section in the Commercial Division. The LAB Section is responsible for acquiring land through condemnation proceedings, as well as judicial foreclosure of District tax liens, for use by the District for public purposes ranging from rehabilitation of blighted properties and creation of affordable housing to construction of government office buildings, public stadiums and conference centers, and other economic development and infrastructure projects. The Section also provides representation to all District agencies in bankruptcy court in personal and commercial bankruptcies in which the District may have an interest.
The attorney selected will handle eminent domain, quiet title, and tax foreclosure cases, as well as other litigation on behalf of various District agencies as necessary, such as real property lien defense cases, affordable dwelling unit (ADU) enforcement cases, defensive tax sale litigation, and administrative law cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings. The attorney will also perform tasks related to researching and clearing title to real property and provide advice on proposed legislation as necessary.
The cases handled by the attorney selected will involve novel and complex legal and factual issues including the power of the District of Columbia to condemn under the Fifth Amendment and District of Columbia statutes, complex title review issues, compliance by the District with tax sale statutes and Due Process requirements, ascertainment of the fair market value of property and real estate appraisal issues, and the admissibility of evidence. The Section’s cases demand that attorneys achieve intellectual command of complicated facts, real estate title, zoning and land valuation principles, and other legal issues, sometimes rapidly. Successful candidates should demonstrate an aptitude and desire for primary responsibilities in sophisticated litigation, proficiency in working with a wide range of experts, and the ability to harness leading edge technology and litigation support in the preparation of cases. Creative thinking and considerable talent in problem solving -- whether in a litigation or settlement context -- are indispensable.
The Section’s docket can be demanding and requires top caliber work products. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of complex case management, initiative and creativity, superb courtroom skills, outstanding legal writing, and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong interest in land acquisition litigation and/or trial work and an exceptional academic background. The candidate must also have three or more years of civil litigation/trial experience, preferably experience litigating and conducting trials of eminent domain or other cases involving land valuation issues, quiet title, or tax foreclosure actions. Applicants must demonstrate superior research, analytical, and writing abilities.
Eligibility: The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction. If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
The selected candidate will be subject to a general background investigation, including reference checks.