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ProfileAssistant City Attorney I The candidate: Serves as general counsel to boards, commissions and agencies as assigned; recommends procedures and actions based on legal knowledge and experience, and the interpretation of legal documents, both on request and the initiation of the employee; attends meetings to provide legal advice, as necessary. Reviews and drafts deeds and other closing documents, real estate contracts, vendor contracts, memoranda of understanding, easement agreements, and grant agreements; performs legal research and prepares memorandums of law pertaining to assigned cases. Advises city attorney, departments, and senior staff on local, state, and federal laws and regulations; provides formal or informal opinions to various city departments or agencies; and prepares presentations for City Council meetings; represents departments in court and before boards; drafts and reviews contracts; trains inspectors for trial presentations. May provide direct litigation of cases on behalf of the city, including collection of delinquent taxes and accounts, enforcement of building and zoning codes, and condemnation proceedings; develops a thorough understanding of various city departments and programs, and their legal and administrative obligations; may manage cases being litigated by outside counsel, including cases in which representation is provided through the city’s liability insurance carrier; may serve as lead negotiator with utility companies for renewals of right of way usage franchises, e.g. telephone and electrical service providers, and draft ordinances for the franchise awards. Performs other related work as required. Requires a Juris Doctorate degree with 1-2 years of transactional experience in real estate, land use, business law or taxation; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Open Until: April 27, 2018.
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City of Portsmouth, Virginia
P.O. Box 820
Portsmouth, VA 23705