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Litigation - General Attorney in Austin, TX

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Company name

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Litigation - General/Commercial

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


USA Austin, TX

Date Last Verified

Mar 13,2018

Posted on

Mar 12,2018

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Attorney III The candidate will perform moderately complex attorney work as part of the litigation team in the Office of Chief Counsel at Commission. The job includes interpreting state and federal laws and rules related to programs administered by the agency, drafting documents, rendering legal advice and counsel to agency management and program staff, working with the Office of Attorney General (OAG) to defend and prosecute lawsuits involving the agency, assisting in the preparation of cases for trial and hearings, and other duties as assigned. Will work under the supervision of more senior attorneys with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Attend work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and perform other duties as assigned. Draft summaries of new litigation identifying parties and claims, and work with more senior attorneys to identify defenses and evaluate potential risks to the agency and its employees. Draft timely, accurate, and concise updates for the Director of Litigation and Chief Counsel concerning the status of, and new developments in, agency lawsuits. Research legal issues related to litigation and provide timely, accurate, and concise analysis and advice. Draft letters to the OAG requesting representation in litigation. Work with the assigned Assistant Attorney General (AAG) and agency staff to respond to complaints and petitions. Research claims and defenses and, in consultation with more senior attorneys, ensure appropriate motions are filed timely by the OAG. Draft and review briefs and motions as needed. Review discovery requests and work with agency staff to identify responsive information and documents. Draft or review discovery responses and objections. Use e-discovery software to review documents and other information for production. Draft or review discovery requests as needed. Ensure the OAG pursues offensive discovery as needed. In consultation with more senior attorneys, draft recommendations for review by the Director of Litigation and Chief Counsel on whether to appeal court rulings. Draft or review appellate briefs and arguments and work with OAG to ensure appeals are filed timely. Review settlement recommendations from OAG and, in consultation with more senior attorneys, draft settlement recommendations for review by the Director of Litigation and Chief Counsel. Participate in settlement negotiations and ensure that all settlement documents adequately protect the agency's interests. Work with OAG and agency staff to ensure appropriate implementation of settlements.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have graduated from an accredited law school with an LL.B. or a J.D. degree. Should be licensed as an attorney by the State of Texas and a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Must have 2+ years of litigation experience. Should have knowledge of the federal and state rules of civil evidence and procedure. Skill in researching, reviewing, analyzing, interpreting and applying federal and state laws, rules, and other regulations affecting the agency required. Skill in trial preparation is needed.

Application Deadline: March 22, 2018.

Additional info

Posting Number: 374887

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756-3185
Phone: 888-894-4747