Senior Assistant County Attorney - Civil
El Paso County, CO
 Colorado Springs, CO

Essential Job Functions

Positions at this level possess a specialized, technical and/or functional expertise within the area of assignment and may exercise supervision over assigned Assistant County Attorneys and/or support staff. This position is assigned significant responsibilities and is expected to exercise independent judgment in the performance of all duties. Position requires the individual to lead and participate in complex and difficult work providing a full range of legal services to County government operations and to perform a variety of complex and technical tasks relative to litigation and assigned area of responsibility.

  • Performs all duties of an Assistant County Attorney.
  • Prepares, drafts and develops a variety of legal documents including complex pleadings, motions, briefs, memoranda, policies, contracts, resolutions and agreements.
  • Appears before courts and administrative proceedings both at the state and federal level to represent the County's interests as required.
  • Represents the County in complex civil litigation and administrative hearings.
  • Under direction of the County Attorney performs liaison responsibilities for managing, overseeing and coordinating the development and implementation of major specialized projects for the County.
  • Prepares and participates in the development of policies and training of various County staff in implementing policy.
  • Leads, plans and coordinates work of staff responsible for special legal projects for county government.
  • Provides legal advice and support to Elected Officials, Boards, Commissions and Committees.
  • Researches and writes legal opinions on County matters.
  • Possesses extensive government knowledge on a wide variety of practice areas related to the County's legal affairs and is readily available for consultation with the County Attorney, Assistant County Attorneys, County department directors and staff and County Elected and Appointed Officials.
  • Provides assistance to the County Attorney.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of trends and new innovations in county government and in other specified assigned areas of the law.
  • Manages all aspects of complex and lengthy trials including, but not limited to, gathering, analyzing and organizing evidence, conducting discovery, meeting court and rule-imposed time deadlines, interviewing and preparing witnesses for deposition and trial preparation of pre-trial and post-trial pleadings, motions, briefs; conducts jury selection, presentation of opening and closing statements, the direct, cross examination and re-direct examination of witnesses, and preparation of all post-trial matters, including preparation of appellate level briefs.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • J.D. or L.L.B. from an accredited law school required.
  • Admission to and a member in good standing with the Colorado Bar and U.S. District Court for Colorado.
  • Minimum ten (10) years experience as a practicing attorney with extensive knowledge and experience in the area of general civil and local government law.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience handling complex transactions, navigating complex legal and regulatory issues in the areas of real estate and land use, and identifying, resolving and documenting complex interactions and agreements between government entities and between the government and private sector businesses.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, other attorneys, community representatives, federal and state administrative agencies, the judiciary and the general public.
  • Ability to exercise sound and professional judgment in conformance with the policies and procedures of the County Attorney's Office and the objectives and goals of the County.
  • Thorough knowledge of all facets of government, Federal and State laws, rules and regulations, administrative/civil judicial process and judicial decisions interpreting the same.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or direction. Ability to independently perform highly technical and complex activities.
  • Demonstrated ability and success in working in a government and political environment.
  • Ability to exercise tact and impartiality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to prepare and organize cases. Ability to set work priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, drug screen and motor vehicle record check.

Licenses/Certificates

  • License in good standing as Attorney and Counselor at Law issued by the Colorado Supreme Court.
  • Admission to U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.

Work Conditions

Work is primarily performed in an office and/or courtroom environment; some travel may be required.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

com For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.

Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).

EL PASO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER