Dallas City Attorney

The Dallas City Attorney's Office regularly seeks outstanding legal secretaries, legal assistants, other support staff, and licensed attorneys for its exciting and challenging law practice. The following opportunities are available at this moment:

Licensed Attorney Positions

City Attorney

Job Description

The City Attorney serves as the chief legal advisor to the City Council, the City Manager and all departments, offices and agencies of the City of Dallas. The City Attorney also serves in a managerial and supervisory role to the City Attorney’s Office, which is comprised of approximately 160 individuals and over 90 attorneys. The City of Dallas has retained Major, Lindsey & Africa to conduct a search for a City Attorney.

To view a complete job posting and/or to apply for the position of City Attorney, interested candidates should visit:

http://www.mlaglobal.com/legal-career-opportunities/job%20details?jobid=262684

The City of Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


COLLECTION ATTORNEY POSITION IN DALLAS CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

Seeking energetic self-motivated civil litigator to fill an entry level full-time civil litigation position as an assistant city attorney in the General Litigation Section. Applicants must have excellent oral and written communication skills. The attorney must be in good standing as a member of the State Bar of Texas and be of excellent character and competence.

The attorney will be responsible for all matters as assigned, but the position will concentrate on collections and related matters. The collection group in the General Litigation Section handles a wide variety of matters but is responsible mainly for the collection of hotel occupancy tax, and amounts owed to the City on accounts related to the city landfill, right-of-way franchise fees, housing and other real property liens, water service, Convention Center events, and other fees due to the City. The collection group also enforces liens and money judgments in favor of the City and represents the City in federal bankruptcy proceedings. The successful applicant will work with two other attorneys and support staff in the collection group and will likely be assigned subrogation cases and a large volume of collection suits. The attorney may also brief and argue appeals, working with Section leadership and the Office's appellate coordinator. The attorney may also be assigned to work on other civil litigation matters. The General Litigation Section's cases are among the most high-profile and complex in the City, often of state-wide and national importance.

Knowledge and experience with federal and state litigation, collections, insurance, bankruptcy, and foreclosure issues, and the Business Organizations Code and other commercial laws, is preferred.

The position will be open until filled. The job comes with standard City benefits but is exempt from civil service. Compensation is that of an entry level attorney. The City of Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Satisfactory completion of a background check is required as a condition of employment.

Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney's Office practice and people are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

Applicants must submit:

1. Resume

2. Writing sample of no more than 10 pages with a statement of how much of the sample is the applicant's own work

3. Additional information including references when and if requested

Submit to:

Ms. Tamera Tignor

Dallas City Attorney's Office

via email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (preferred method)

Via U.S. mail to:

1500 Marilla, Room 7CN Dallas, TX 75201

Or via Fax to 214-670-0622

No telephone inquiries, please


Assistant City Attorney - Community Prosecution Section

Seeking energetic, highly-organized attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 2 years legal experience to fill a full-time Community Prosecutor position. A community prosecutor is a neighborhood-based attorney who works in an assigned police division and partners with code compliance officers, law enforcement officials, community stakeholders, and public and private organizations to proactively improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Duties include: Work with an assigned code officer to develop innovative, proactive strategies for abating Dallas City Code violations at nuisance properties. Partner with law enforcement, city departments and neighborhood organizations to prevent Part I, Part II and quality of life crime in the assigned police division. File civil lawsuits against noncompliant property owners who fail to maintain minimum housing standards, comply with land use regulations or take reasonable measures to abate crime. Prosecute Class C misdemeanor offenses in municipal and community court and partner with county and federal prosecutors to prosecute higher level offenses. Lead and/or participate in neighborhood association/crime watch meetings and develop replicable initiatives that improve neighborhood quality of life.

Applicant must possess knowledge of civil litigation as well as criminal law and procedure. Strong legal research skills are a plus. Serious applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, display good judgment and be strategic problem-solvers. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a one page narrative describing your leadership and public service experience to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries, please

Assistant City Attorney - Prosecution Section


The Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking energetic attorneys for its municipal prosecution section.  Each applicant must have an interest in criminal prosecution, be a self-starter, hardworking, prompt, organized, and possess the ability to manage a fast paced court docket each day.


Duties include prosecuting city ordinance offenses, Texas Transportation Code offenses and Texas Penal Code Class “C” misdemeanor offenses in Dallas Municipal Court.  Duties also include court preparation, researching relevant case law, arguing, filing and responding to motions filed with the court and occasional minor appellate work.


Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and have at least one year of experience as a practicing attorney.  Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Salary is $57,435 plus benefits.  The position will remain open until filled.


Send resume to:
Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries, please

Assistant City Attorney - Community Prosecution Section

Seeking energetic, highly-organized attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 2 years legal experience to fill a full-time Community Prosecutor position. A community prosecutor is a neighborhood-based attorney who works in an assigned police division and partners with code compliance officers, law enforcement officials, community stakeholders, and public and private organizations to proactively improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Duties include: Work with an assigned code officer to develop innovative, proactive strategies for abating Dallas City Code violations at nuisance properties. Partner with law enforcement, city departments and neighborhood organizations to prevent Part I, Part II and quality of life crime in the assigned police division. File civil lawsuits against noncompliant property owners who fail to maintain minimum housing standards, comply with land use regulations or take reasonable measures to abate crime. Prosecute Class C misdemeanor offenses in municipal and community court and partner with county and federal prosecutors to prosecute higher level offenses. Lead and/or participate in neighborhood association/crime watch meetings and develop replicable initiatives that improve neighborhood quality of life.

Applicant must possess knowledge of civil litigation as well as criminal law and procedure. Strong legal research skills are a plus. Serious applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, display good judgment and be strategic problem-solvers. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a one page narrative describing your leadership and public service experience to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries.


Other Positions

Legal Secretary/General Counsel- Job Closes COB 4/29/16

Provides secretarial support to several Assistant City Attorneys in the preparation of legal documents and performs other secretarial duties to facilitate office operations.

Essential Functions
1. Operates computer to prepare a variety of legal papers including contracts, ordinances, briefs, letters, and memos to produce official documents from handwritten or recorded source material.

2. Maintains calendar for attorneys, scheduling appointments and conferences in reference to court appearance dates, expectant witnesses, and meetings to ensure smooth progression of daily schedules.

3. Communicates with citizens, City departments, judges and other members of the legal system to provide, receive, and facilitate the transfer of information.

4. Establishes and maintains complex, cross-reference file of cases, projects, settled lawsuits, claims, and other work assigned to attorneys to maintain availability of documents in an orderly fashion.

5. Composes routine, standardized correspondence to reply to general inquiries.

6. Proofreads various documents for typographical errors to ensure accurate, professional quality work.

7. Determines priority of tasks to ensure assignments are completed as required.

8. Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required to Perform Work
Knowledge of standard office procedures and practices.
Knowledge of legal terminology and the preparation of legal forms and documents.

Knowledge of correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Ability to communicate effectively orally including excellent telephone etiquette.

Ability to use office machines such as typewriter, microcomputer, copier, and fax machine.

Ability to prepare routine correspondence.

Ability to perform satisfactorily under pressure.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with all levels of management, city officials,vendors, other government agencies, other employees and the general public.

E filing and filing for Open Records experience a plus

Working Conditions and Hazards
Normal office working conditions.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned
to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Applicants may be asked to take a practical test creating a legal document in Word.

Please send resumes to:

Tamera Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (preferred method)

No phone calls please.