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Senior Assistant Attorney General Lawyer Special Litigation Unit

Company name

Oregon Department of Justice

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Date Last Verified

Jul 03,2019

Posted on

Jun 21,2019

Years of Experience

Min 4 yrs required


Portland, OR, United States


Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation
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This position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or Senior Assistant Attorney General level, salary range $7,008-$12,914 per month, depending primarily on years of legal practice experience and other factors.


Under the leadership of Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum, the Mission of the Oregon Department of Justice is to serve state government and to support safe and healthy communities throughout Oregon by providing essential justice services. Its over 1,300 employees in nine divisions, including nearly 300 lawyers, are dedicated to the rule of law and serving the people of Oregon and its government.


The Attorney General and our nine divisions are dedicated to: 

  • Providing ethical, independent and high quality legal services to state government;
  • Safeguarding consumers from fraud and unfair business practices;
  • Fighting crime and helping crime victims; 
  • Advocating for vulnerable children;
  • Supporting families through the collection of child support;  
  • Enforcing environmental protections; 
  • Defending the civil rights of all Oregonians; and
  • Pursuing justice and upholding the rule of law.  


Duties and Responsibilities


The Trial Division is seeking an outstanding lawyer to join the Department of Justice's Special Litigation Unit (SLU) in the Portland office. SLU handles some of the most interesting, complex and challenging litigation in the State. SLU lawyers defend state statutes and policies against constitutional challenges in state and federal courts. They also handle complex class-action lawsuits, elections litigation, environmental litigation, and other high-profile or sensitive matters in which the State, its agencies, and its employees may be plaintiffs or defendants.


In recent years, SLU has successfully upheld Oregon's Death with Dignity Act in state and federal trial court, has successfully defended Oregon's domestic-partnerships legislation, and has engaged in longstanding litigation in federal court over the proper management of Oregon's salmon under the Endangered Species Act and Indian treaties. Currently, SLU attorneys represent Oregon in various suits against the federal government.  SLU attorneys regularly litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues that many attorneys outside of DOJ see only rarely. SLU attorneys are expanding their focus to include many of the Attorney General's other top-priority areas such as protecting the environment and Oregon's consumers.

If selected, you will be responsible for handling a high- intensity caseload, including extensive motion practice, identifying and interviewing expert and lay witnesses, handling depositions, supervising voluminous discovery, and working collaboratively with agency-client representatives and Risk adjusters.





  • Active membership in good standing with the Oregon State Bar.
  • A minimum of four years of experience, with a background in relevant areas of complex civil litigation, and ideally will have trial or arbitration experience.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills and experience writing briefs and arguing substantive issues in state and federal court.
  • Able to balance frequent court appearances and an active motions practice while maintaining excellent client communication. 
  • Willing and available to travel throughout the State for court appearances and other case-related work, including overnight stays away from home.




  • Experience defending class action lawsuits, environmental law or constitutional claims, or civil rights actions.
  • Experience working on a variety of cases involving diverse subject matter and areas of law.
  • Experience clerking at an appellate level court or a United States District Court.
  • Experience communicating directly with clients and managing multiple client relationships.



Additional applicant screening will depend on the number of qualified applications received. Applicants most closely matching the requirements and needs of the position will be invited to interview.  If you are selected to interview and require particular accommodation during the interview, please inform the person scheduling the interview.



Working for the Department of Justice

Assistant Attorneys General, on behalf of the Attorney General, represent the State of Oregon and state-elected and appointed officials, agencies, boards and commissions in most civil and many criminal proceedings.  The Department offers a broad range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex issues that face our state and make a difference to the citizens of Oregon while providing unparalleled career satisfaction and professional prospects.


Conduct Expectations 

The role of the Oregon Department of Justice is to provide justice and uphold the rule of law. Employees of the Department are required to meet the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics while on the job, and also to maintain those same high standards when taking actions in their personal lives that could reflect on the Department.



Application Process

To apply for this position:


  • Follow the "Apply" link and complete the application online and all supplemental questions;
  • Attach your resume;
  • Attach your cover letter; and
  • Attach your writing sample.



Application Assistance


If at any point in the application process you need assistance, please contact Mistie Slauson. 

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.

Beginning February 1, 2019, OAJA-represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95% and pay the 6% employee contribution to PERS.  The salary range noted above does not reflect the increase.  



Additional Information


  • When uploading your documents, you may only see one document tag available. Until that is fixed, use the tag available and drag and drop all attachments in at the same time. 
  • Monitor your Workday account, as all communications will be sent to your Workday account. You may be asked to submit additional information after initial application.
  • This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
  • Oregon state government provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235. If you are requesting veterans' preference, you may receive an additional questionnaire in your Workday account. In order to ensure your privacy, we are asking that you complete the Veterans’ Questionnaire and attach your qualifying military documents at that time. This questionnaire will be sent to your Workday account after you submit your application. We ask that you complete the questionnaire before the application deadline; extensions may be granted if necessary and reasonable. 

Oregon Department of Justice
Attn: Mistie Slauson
1162 Court St NE
Salem OR, 97301
Phone: (503) 378-5595
Fax: (503) 373-0367

Company info

Oregon Department of Justice

Company Profile

The Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ), headed by Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum, serves as the state’s law firm. The Oregon DOJ employs about 1,300 individuals statewide and has a biennial budget of approximately $550 million. The agency is headquartered in Salem and has ten legal and 13 child support offices throughout the state. In addition to providing legal representation to state government, the DOJ advocates for and protects all Oregonians, especially the most vulnerable, such as children and seniors. The Oregon DOJ and its nine divisions are tasked with running programs related to child support, charitable activities, district attorney assistance, crime victim compensation and consumer protection. In all, the DOJ and attorney general have responsibility and authority under more than 350 state laws. The Oregon DOJ has nine divisions. They include: •Office of the Attorney General •Administrative Services Division •Appellate Division •Child Support Division » •Civil Enforcement Division •Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division » •Criminal Justice Division •General Counsel Division •Trial Division For brief bios of division leaders, visit the Oregon Department of Justice website.

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