Assistant County Attorney

Harris County
Full Time 40 per week $90,000 Per year TX Harris County Attorney's Office, 1019 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002, United States
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Overview

General Summary:

The Harris County Attorney's Office (HCAO) is hiring an attorney to join the Toll Road section of our Compliance & Revenue Division which specializes in lawsuits for debt collection and enforcement of laws that protect the interest of Harris County. The attorney in this role is responsible for providing legal counsel, researching, negotiating, and drafting legal documents, including, but not limited to, the job duties listed below, and ensures the smooth and timely preparation of cases from inception through trial, which requires an understanding of legal principles and procedures.

In addition to the ability to earn compensatory time for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek, the selected candidate may be eligible to participate in the HCAO telework program. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal counsel for Harris County.
  • Research and analyze legal issues related to the Harris County Toll Road Authority (“HCTRA”) policies and procedures relevant to toll road violations and collections.
  • Perform multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining an effective balance of priorities and high productivity.
  • Maintains knowledge of the procedures to open, close, and update files and notes accurately using the case management database and run reports.
  • Respond promptly to phone calls, emails, and other correspondence.
  • Participate in one-on-one sessions with the Managing Attorney of the Division to give and receive feedback.
  • Encourage and mentor attorneys, paralegals, interns, and law clerks.
  • Participate in Division staff meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 
Litigation and Administrative Hearings:
  • Maintain a caseload with multiple courts including County Civil, District Courts, and U.S. District Courts
  • Generate and file bankruptcy proof of claims in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
  • Draft, prepare, review, and negotiate settlement agreements relevant to toll road violations.
  • Draft legal documents including answers, discovery questions, responses, motions, and briefs.
  • Monitors assumed cases to ensure that all discovery requests including requests for interrogatories, admissions, disclosures, and production are timely responded to.
  • Prepare for administrative hearings, court hearings, mediations, and trials.
  • Act as Liaison regarding legal issues affecting client departments and other departments and/or governmental entities.

Other Duties:

  • This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position.

  • Management may, at its discretion, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx
 If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email 
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 This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

Requirements

Supporting Job Application Documents:

Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, three (3) professional references, and at least one (1) writing sample with their application.

Education and Experience:

  • A Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law. 
  • Must be an active member in good standing of the Texas State Bar. 
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience practicing law.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to communicate and work in a collaborative group.
  • Proficiency with technology and legal tools such as Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, Westlaw, Adobe Acrobat Software, JIMS, TLO, and DEEDS.
  • Knowledge of The Texas Transportation Code, Texas Estates Code, the Local Government Code, the Texas and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Bankruptcy, and the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Knowledge of Harris County Toll Road Authority (“HCTRA”) policies and procedures relevant to toll road violations.
  • Ability to comply with the Harris County Personnel Policies and Procedures and the policies of the County Attorney.
  • Ability to gather, organize, and summarize legal issues quickly for clients or management, in person or via email.
  • Ability to perform thorough legal and factual analyses and exercise good judgment.
  • Occasional ability to work extended hours to accommodate caseload demands.
  • Ability to problem solve, organize, and prioritize assignments to meet deadlines.

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.

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