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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
Senior Legal Counsel Duties: Under general direction, provides professional senior level legal counsel to the Agency on a variety of highly complex legal matters, with an emphasis on eminent domain, property acquisition and relocation matters; has independent decision making responsibility for assigned legal matters; negotiates, drafts and approves agreements; comments on proposed legislation; prepares or reviews legal documents; represents the Agency in litigation; and provides specific and strategic legal advice directly to senior management and board members on significant legal matters that affect the overall Agency. Provides support to the General Counsel on miscellaneous matters. Provides legal advice and counsel to Agency senior management on complex legal matters including the legal implications of any action, inaction, or decision; and develops legal strategies and creative solutions to problems that balance potential legal risk with business interests. Prepares, reviews, and approves a variety of complex Agency agreements including settlement agreements. Advises the Board through reports, motions and resolutions; and advises and briefs the Board in executive and public session. Prepares, drafts, and/or revises legal documents, including letters, memos, briefs, opinions, resolutions, motions, policies, draft legislation and other complex legal documents. Manages Agency litigation; supervises assigned outside legal counsel; and represents the Agency in mediations and at trial. Reviews new and existing statutes and regulations that may affect the Agency; advises staff on the impact of new or existing statutes and regulations; assists in policy and legislative development; provides recommendations to senior management; and testifies before the State Legislature. Develops a strong knowledge of Sound Transit’s operation, including upcoming legal and business challenges; and remains aware of the political and business climate in which firm must operate. Ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; and ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations. Provides support to the General Counsel as directed; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations. It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees. It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices. Advises and consults with internal and external real property acquisition staff, consultants, and appraisers to acquire large volume of real property under threat of eminent domain. Collaborate with and manage outside counsel conducting eminent domain litigation, including dispute resolution processes. Counsel and staff in implementing the requirements of the Uniform Act and Washington eminent domain law. Review, draft, and negotiate complex settlement agreements. Negotiate and draft real estate transactional documents, intergovernmental agreements, and provide legal advice related to agency real property litigation matters.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a JD Degree. Washington State Bar License or Bar license from another state, with the expectation of obtaining Washington Bar license within six months of employment. 8 years of increasingly responsible legal experience with demonstrated expertise in eminent domain litigation and settlement. Knowledge of: Real property valuation issues and techniques. Legal principles, practices, and procedures of eminent domain, real estate, municipal, and constitutional law. Operations, services and activities of a legal services program. Methods and techniques of negotiating legal issues, contracts and agreements. Methods and techniques of legal research. Judicial procedures and rules of evidence. Legal precedents and court decisions impacting litigation. State and federal court trial and appellate practice rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers. Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. Skill in: Managing the work of outside counsel. Negotiating with other parties. Working with internal and external team to develop negotiation approach and objectives; Defining legal issues, collecting and analyzing information, and recommending action. Properly interpreting and making decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies. Applying legal principles to novel situations. Preparing a variety of clear and concise legal documents including letters, memos, briefs, and other legal documents. Developing and implementing practical legal approaches that responsibly evaluate and balance legal risks with project demands. Conducting research on legal problems and preparing sound legal opinions. Analyzing and synthesizing information in a concise manner, developing and making recommendations on strategies, and communicating recommendation to appropriate individuals within and outside the agency. Operating office equipment including computers and supporting word processing. Managing multiple projects concurrently. Managing multiple tasks, setting objectives/goals, and re-prioritizing as needed. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Applying advanced principles and practices of technical area of expertise. Applying strong interpersonal techniques and demonstrating a consistent commitment and ability to work with diverse work groups and individuals. Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients. Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals ranging from Agency employees, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies.
CLOSING DATE: 02/15/18 05:00 PM
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