Job Details

Attorney

Company name

California High-Speed Rail Authority

Organization Type

Government

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Sep 21,2019

Valid Through

Jan 04,2020

Posted on

Jun 20,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 9210 to 11815 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 6 yrs required

Location

Sacramento, CA, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Attorney
The candidate prepares analysis and advice, often in writing, and other legal support services to the Authority’s management and staff regarding the legal effect of laws, regulations, rules, court decisions, and administrative actions on the more complex issues related to implementation of the high-speed rail project in all areas, including contracting, conflicts of interest, governance, construction, real property, eminent domain, funding, environmental compliance, and planning. Prepares or assists in the preparation and interpretation of legal documents and instructions for complex areas which include procurement solicitations, bids, contracts, real property transactions, and risk mitigation relative to the operation of the Authority. Participates in sensitive and high profile contract negotiations. Develops and reviews Authority contracts for compliance with law, policy and reasonable judgment. Reviews and evaluates contract dispute and claims issues. Conducts ongoing legal research in connection with a variety of difficult legal issues affecting the operation of the Authority. Writes and reviews proposed legislation and provides legal assistance to the Legislative Office. Represents the Authority in various legal matters and transactions with public and private entities. Analyzes and appraises difficult legal problems and applies legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts. Plans and directs a program of complex legal work and leads the work of assistants. Manages outside counsel providing litigation and other legal services to the Authority. Other duties as assigned. Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel and/or Assistant Chief Counsel, the Attorney III works on the more difficult legal assignments. The incumbent studies, interprets and applies laws, court decisions, and other authorities; provides oral and written advice to staff, drafts and negotiates complex contracts and agreements; works with broad discretion and independence with minimum supervision and is expected to have advanced knowledge and be an expert in the more complex areas of the law within one or more of the following subject matters: construction, procurements, public works, design/build, infrastructure, contracts, condemnation and inverse condemnation, real property, funding and financing, environmental and land use, personnel/employment, open meetings, public records, conflicts of interest, governance, state legislation and state and federal laws and regulations. The incumbent works closely with, and directs, private outside counsel and the Attorney General’s Office regarding legal advice and litigation. Prepares analysis and advice, often in writing, and other legal support services to the Authority’s management and staff regarding the legal effect of laws, regulations, rules, court decisions, and administrative actions on the more complex issues related to implementation of the high-speed rail project in all areas, including contracting, conflicts of interest, governance, construction, real property, eminent domain, funding,
environmental compliance, and planning. Prepares or assists in the preparation and interpretation of legal documents and instructions for complex areas which include procurement solicitations, bids, contracts,
real property transactions, and risk mitigation relative to the operation of the Authority. Participates in sensitive and high profile contract negotiations. Develops and reviews Authority contracts for compliance with law, policy and reasonable judgment. Reviews and evaluates contract dispute and claims issues. Conducts ongoing legal research in connection with a variety of difficult legal issues affecting the operation of the Authority. Writes and reviews proposed legislation and provides legal assistance to the
Legislative Office. Represents the Authority in various legal matters and transactions with public and
private entities. Analyzes and appraises difficult legal problems and applies legal Manages outside counsel providing litigation and other legal services to the Authority.

Attorney III:
This series specification describes four attorney classifications used to perform a broad range of staff legal work. Incumbents in these classes serve the public by performing the following tasks which include, but are not limited to: study, interpret, and apply laws, regulations, court decisions, and other legal authorities; perform a wide variety of legal research; provide advice or opinions to departmental management or members of the public on legal issues arising out of the programs of the department in which the incumbent is employed and of the legal effect of rules, regulations, proposed legislation, statutory law, court decisions, and administrative actions; respond to legal correspondence; conduct special investigations involved in the enforcement of state laws and departmental rules and regulations; develop proposed legislation; testify before legislative committees; prepare or assist in preparing cases, opinions, briefs, and other legal documents such as memoranda, digests, summaries, and reports; assist in the preparation of or have responsibility for preparing cases which may result in litigation before boards, commissions, hearing officers, administrative law judges, or trial or appellate courts; develop strategies and tactics in disputes or litigation; assemble and evaluate evidence; secure and interview witnesses; conduct negotiations; represent departments in hearings and litigation; may act in a lead capacity over lower level attorney staff; and perform other related legal work.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate require active membership in The California State Bar. Attorney III: 6 years of legal experience in the practice of law. (Applicants will be admitted to the examination upon completion of five and one-half years of legal experience, but must complete six years of such experience before they will be eligible for appointment.)
Should have knowledge of: Legal research methods and performing research; legal principles and their application; scope and character of California statutory law and of the provisions of the California Constitution; principles of administrative and constitutional law; trial and hearing procedure; and rules of evidence; court procedures; administrative law and the conduct of proceedings before administrative bodies; legal terms and forms in common use; statutory and case law literature and authorities; and provisions of laws and Government Code sections administered or enforced.
Must have ability to: Research; analyze, appraise, and apply legal principles, facts, and precedents to legal
problems; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; prepare and present
statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; prepare
correspondence involving the explanation of legal matters; draft opinions, pleadings, rulings, regulations,
and legislation; negotiate effectively and conduct crucial litigation; work cooperatively with a variety of
individuals, organizations and maintain the confidence and respect of others; and work effectively under
pressure.
Should preferably have Strong written and oral communication skills.
Attorney III:
This classification is distinguished from the lower level Attorney classification by the level of difficulty of assignments given to attorneys and the expertise which the attorney brings to these assignments. Attorney III's work with broad discretion and independence with minimum supervision and are expected to be experts in the more complex area of the law within a departmental legal program.
Knowledge of: Legal research methods and performing research; legal principles and their application; scope and character of California statutory law and of the provisions of the California Constitution; principles of administrative and constitutional law; trial and hearing procedure; and rules of evidence; court procedures; administrative law and the conduct of proceedings before administrative bodies; legal terms and forms in common use; statutory and case law literature and authorities; and provisions of laws and Government Code sections administered or enforced.
Ability to: Research; analyze, appraise, and apply legal principles, facts, and precedents to legal problems; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; prepare and present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; prepare correspondence involving the explanation of legal matters; draft opinions, pleadings, rulings, regulations, and legislation; negotiate effectively and conduct crucial litigation; work cooperatively with a variety of individuals, organizations and maintain the confidence and respect of others; and work effectively under pressure.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
California High-Speed Rail Authority
770 L Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

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