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Assistant Attorney

Company name

The City of Fort Pierce

Organization Type

In-House

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Jul 17,2019

Valid Through

Oct 30,2019

Posted on

May 05,2019

Location

Fort Pierce, FL, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
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Assistant Attorney
The candidate duties include assisting the Attorney and each Senior Assistant Attorney in performing the responsibilities of general legal counsel for the firm, researching legal questions, preparing ordinances and resolutions, issuing briefs and legal documents, representing the firm in all small claim lawsuits and rendering legal opinions. Position requires strong command of legal terminology and the application of such to a variety of official/legal documents/formats. The legal nature of the work requires that all tasks be performed accurately and in strict conformance with established policies and procedures as well as court requirements. Follow through is critically important. Work at this level requires a high degree of professionalism and level of discretion due to the sensitive and confidential nature of information processed. Work is performed under the direction of the Attorney and is reviewed through conferences, inspection of documents, and evaluation of results obtained. Reports to the City Attorney. Professional work assisting the Attorney and the Senior Assistant Attorney in providing legal services to the firm. Duties include assisting the Attorney and each Senior Assistant City Attorney in performing the responsibilities of general legal counsel for the firm, researching legal questions, preparing ordinances and resolutions, issuing briefs and legal documents, representing the City in all small claim lawsuits and rendering legal opinions. Position requires strong command of legal terminology and the application of such to a variety of official/legal documents/formats. The legal nature of the work requires that all tasks be performed accurately and in strict conformance with established policies and procedures as well as court requirements. Follow through is critically important. Work at this level requires a high degree of professionalism and level of discretion due to the sensitive and confidential nature of information processed. Work is performed under the direction of the Attorney and is reviewed through conferences, inspection of documents, and evaluation of results obtained. Reports to the Attorney. Effectively communicates with people of all ages by giving information and directions,
mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes. Functions as a representative to the judiciary. May assist or participates in developing new policies and procedures. Assists with the resolution of citizen complaints when requested. May assist or prepare and file legal documents and presents case to proper jurisdiction regarding forfeiture of properties. Assists in rendering oral and written opinions, synopses, abstracts or summaries of legal issues and publications pertaining to law enforcement as required. Conducts research using state and federal statute books or websites, codes and ordinances, policy
manuals and other sources to assist the department with procedural issues on a daily basis. Locates, reviews and advises appropriate staff of judicial decisions for applicability to pending
cases or actions. Attends seminars at the local, state and national level to secure continuing education in specialized areas of law relevant to issues. File Management: Open and maintain (include updates as needed) physical and electronic files in the office consistent with established office procedures, new file checklists, CityLaw operating system and office policies. Preparation of initial pleadings and correspondence; mailing and electronic filing of same. Checking court docket to ensure all dates are noted and diaried. Coordinate and partner with risk analyst and worker's compensation adjuster for receipt of required claims documents. Responsible for oversight of staff in maintaining case files, both electronic and paper versions, particularly on Westlaw's Case Analysis. Ensure all documents are scanned in and appropriately described in the appropriate CityLaw file. Ongoing support: Prepare and serve routine pleadings consistent with initial file handling procedures including responsive pleadings.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and degree of Juris Doctorate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Must be admitted to practice law in Florida and be a member of the Florida Bar. Must be admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, within six (6) months of hiring. Should have 7+ years of experience in civil litigation, preferably all or most of that experience focused in the area of tort litigation. Preference will be given to those individual Bar members that have some or substantial experience in Local Government Litigation cases. Must have 7 years of experience in Florida Workers Compensation law, preferably devoted to defending employers, carriers, and servicing agents in Florida Workers Compensation cases. Preferred candidate
will be board certified. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The City of Fort Pierce
Post Office Box 14801
Fort Pierce, FL 34954

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