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Deputy City Solicitor - Claims Unit The candidate will defend the City and its employees primarily in the Court of Common Pleas against premises liability, motor vehicle, and property damage claims. Will manage a caseload of approximately 90 Major Jury cases. Responsible for independently conducting intensive discovery and investigation of tort claims, conduct and defend depositions, attend court conferences, draft appropriate pleadings, court memoranda, discovery, and dispositive motions. Work with experts (e.g., engineers, medical doctors) and ultimately represent the City at trial, arbitration or ADR. Advise and represent the City and employees, before government agencies, and in legal matters. Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in tort litigation. Communicate with clients, colleagues, judges and others involved in the case. Conduct research and analysis of legal problems. Study federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations. Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals, and government agencies. Present facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others and argue on behalf of the clients. Prepare and file legal documents, such as preliminary objections, answers and dispositive motions. Supervise legal assistants. Analyze probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents. Negotiate settlements. Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law. Must have 5-7 years of experience in personal injury litigation and be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Should have knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and process. Must have knowledge of the Pennsylvania Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act and prior experience taking and defending depositions and conducting arbitrations.
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