Responsible for assisting the City Attorney in providing legal counsel to the City and representatives of the City such as the City Council, City Boards and Commissions and City Departments. Also responsible for drafting and reviewing legal documentation; and performing litigation functions for the City and prosecutorial actions on behalf of the State.
Essential Job Functions
Act as legal counsel for the City in matters such as litigation, criminal prosecution, employment disputes, contract negotiation, drafting, and review, regulatory and administrative matters, and legislative affairs.
Research and draft legal documents such as pleadings, briefs, contracts, land transactions, correspondence, memorandums, discovery, and ordinances for City action.
Participate in, mediate or facilitate legal proceedings with courts, opposing counsel, and external agencies; provide legal advice and opinion in response to issues of concern
Provide legal advice on a variety of subjects including governmental operations, employment, open government, environment, procurement, utility and regulated service operations, civil service, and electric utility-related matters.
Coordinate and monitor the work of retained counsel.
Respond to legal inquiries on wide-ranging topics from City department heads.
Minimum Education & Work Experience
JD in Law from an accredited institution.
Minimum 10 years as a licensed attorney (5-7 years related experience in municipal or other government law).
Licensed to practice law in Texas.
Extensive experience in civil litigation, including the drafting of pleadings and briefs (multiple examples of pleadings and briefs filed within the previous 12 months with a court, judicial or quasi-judicial body demonstrating the applicant’s writing ability and analytical skills must be submitted with the application) or heavy, complex transactional experience, especially in the area of electric utilities.
Proven self-starter able to work independently with minimum supervision.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.
An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job may be considered. This is not, however, an entry-level position.
Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Comprehensive knowledge of the law applicable to the activities, duties and operations of a home rule municipal government.
Comprehensive knowledge of court procedures and practices, rules of evidence, legal principles, practices and procedures, first chair hearing or trial experience.
Comprehensive knowledge of civil service provisions and procedures of Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code.
Basic knowledge of the Texas Local Government Code, the Texas Utilities Code, and other laws relevant to the operation of a major government and electric utility.
Ability to prepare cases, research data, interview witnesses and try cases in all levels of court.
Ability to address confidential information or subjects with sensitivity.
Ability to interact on a professional level with elected officials, staff, and members of the public.
Ability to handle multiple tasks successfully and meet deadlines.
Licenses & Certifications
Admitted to practice law in Texas.
Physical Tasks & Working Conditions
The incumbent works in a typical office environment; relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards.