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.


Municipal Water & Environmental Attorney

The General Counsel Division of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office seeks an energetic, self-motivated attorney licensed in Texas, in good standing with the Texas Bar, and possessing a minimum of 5 years relevant experience to fill a full-time position in the Division’s Government Assets Section.

The General Counsel Division is responsible for the preparation of all city contracts, ordinances, and real estate transaction documents; provides legal advice and counsel on a variety of matters, including aviation and transportation, bond and finance, elections, employee benefits and retirement, federal and state grant programs, economic development projects, housing and community developments, public utilities and water law issues, procurements and contract claims, open meetings, open records, zoning and land use, and environmental law issue; and advises and counsels  city officials, city management, the city secretary and other various departments of the City of Dallas. The position does not involve litigation, although the successful applicant will occasionally work with and advise litigators on matters.

The preferred candidate will have extensive experience in municipal water, utilities, and/or environmental law practice areas.  Experience in public works construction and procurement would be a plus.
Salary is commensurate with experience.  The City’s comprehensive benefits package comes with the position.  This attorney position is a position with the City Attorney's Office, and, as such, is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI,§9 of the Dallas City Charter.  Information concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office is available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

Interested applicants must send (i) a resume, (ii) a writing sample of not more than ten pages, and (iii) three professional references to:

Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas  75201
Or
Tamera.tignor@dallacityhall.com (preferred method)

Please, no phone inquiries.


Benefits Attorney

The General Counsel Division of the Dallas City Attorney's Office seeks an energetic, self-motivated attorney licensed in Texas, in good standing with the Texas Bar, and possessing a minimum of 5 years relevant experience to fill a full-time position in the Division's Government Services Section.

The General Counsel Division is responsible for the preparation of all city contracts, ordinances, and real estate transaction documents; provides legal advice and counsel on a variety of matters, including aviation and transportation, bond and finance, elections, employee benefits and retirement, federal and state grant programs, economic development projects, housing and community developments, public utilities and water law issues, procurements and contract claims, open meetings, open records, zoning and land use, and environmental law issue; and advises and counsels city officials, city management, the city secretary and other various departments of the City of Dallas. The position does not involve litigation, although the successful applicant will occasionally work with and advise litigators on matters.

The preferred candidate must have extensive experience with employee / employer benefits law, including public retirement plans; pension fund issues; medical and health benefit plans; HIPAA; and other compensation, medical, and benefits issues. Experience with government procurement and municipal finance would also be a plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The City's comprehensive benefits package comes with the position. This attorney position is a position with the City Attorney's Office, and, as such, is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI,§ 9 of the Dallas City Charter. Information concerning the Dallas City Attorney's Office is available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

Interested applicants must send (i) a resume, (ii) a writing sample of not more than ten pages, and (iii) three professional references to:

Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Or
Tamera.tignor@dallacityhall.com (preferred method)
Please, no phone inquiries.


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.


The City of Dallas
City Attorney’s Office, Code Compliance Section
Attorney Position

Must Submit Resume to
Tamera Tignor, Management Assistant
1500 Marilla, 7CN, Dallas, Texas 75201, tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com, or Fax: (214) 670-0622
 


Job Description

Seeking energetic, self-motivated attorney with a minimum of 2 years of civil litigation experience in Texas state courts to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the Code Compliance Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office.  Practice will focus on compliance with minimum housing standards, zoning, environmental, Fair Housing, sexually oriented business, massage establishment, and/or criminal nuisance laws. The attorney will have an immediate opportunity to first-chair state and federal court cases and represent the City before various city boards and commissions.  The attorney frequently will consult with city staff and transactional attorneys in formulating policies and strategies to address compliance issues.

This is an exciting, challenging, and fulfilling position for a litigator interested in representing the public and an excellent opportunity for an attorney who wants immediate and intense first-chair state and federal courtroom experience in a premier government legal office without the pressure of billing long hours. Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

Applicants must possess a Texas law license and excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Salary commensurate with experience.  The City’s comprehensive benefits package comes with the position.  This position is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, §9 of the Dallas City Charter. 

Send resume, including a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of applicant’s contribution to the sample, a brief description of the applicant’s role in three lawsuits, and three references, to:

Tamera Tignor, Management Assistant
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
No Phone Calls Please


Real Estate Litigation Attorney

Seeking energetic, self-motivating civil litigator with three to five years relevant experience to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the Real Estate Litigation Section. Applicants should have experience in eminent domain litigation and possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and be willing to work hard as an important member of a team of outstanding lawyers and support staff. The attorney must have a license to practice law in Texas, be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and be of good character. Practice will consist primarily of representing the City in eminent domain litigation for the Dallas Water Utilities Department. Duties may also include representing the City in various real estate related matters including zoning and land use litigation, easement and property disputes and matters involving the Dallas Water Utilities. Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office practice and people are available at www.dallascityattorney.com. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The position comes with standard city benefits but is exempt from civil service protections. Consent to and passing a background check will be a condition of employment. The City of Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please submit resume, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of applicant’s contribution to the sample, and three references, to:

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

No phone inquiries.

Job closes COB on September 28, 2016.

Other Positions

South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court Social Services Coordinator

Seeking energetic and highly-organized individual with experience working in the Social Work field to serve as the South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court Social Services Coordinator.

The Social Services Coordinator reports to the City of Dallas Community Courts Manager and is responsible for conducting assessments of potential participants and long-term case management of accepted participants the City of Dallas Veteran’s Treatment Court, a specialty court that focuses on Veterans charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses who suffer from alcohol, substance abuse, mental health, or dual diagnosis problems that contribute to their criminogenic behaviors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Receive participant referrals from Court staff, treatment providers, criminal justice professionals and other Court partners and schedule potential participants for their initial assessment.
  2. Conduct a risk-needs assessment on all individuals referred to the court and review the findings of the assessment to determine each individual’s eligibility to participate in the Court program.
  3. Administer the GAIN (or similar assessment tool) to all participants deemed eligible for the court and input assessment information into case management system.
  4. Meet in-person with individual participants on a regular basis to formally and informally reassess their needs, coordinate services, and make appropriate referrals. Provide crisis intervention services, if required. Assist participants with life skills such as time management, job search/placement, and budgeting. Research employment and job training opportunities for participants and make related referrals.
  5. Collect, create and/or maintain participant case files, assessment information, referrals and other related materials.
  6. Attend all court dockets and staffing meetings and be prepared to provide case management-related information to Judge and/or staffing team members.
  7. Respond to potential participants’ and court partners’ requests for assistance and/or information in a timely and thorough manner. 
  8. Coordinate with other internal and external staff and programs so that opportunities for participants can be maximized.
  9. Maintain close professional relationships with local service providers that serve the veteran population.
  10. Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  11. Regularly keep court manager updated regarding activities.
  12. Perform related duties as assigned.

The Social Services Coordinator must ensure that activities and services are documented appropriately in paper and electronic files.

Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Behavioral Sciences, or related field or equivalent experience working in social services, probation or related fields. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required.

Special consideration will be given to qualified applicants with prior experience working with United States military veterans and to applicants who are United States military veterans. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.

Please note: This is an at-will, grant-funded position that is subject to the yearly renewal of grant funding. No other funding is currently available to fund this position if grant funds are not renewed.

 

Please send resumes to:
Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas  75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com - preferred method

Please no phone calls


South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court Outreach and Services Coordinator

Seeking energetic and highly-organized individual with experience working in the Criminal Justice or Social Work fields to serve as the South Oak Cliff Veterans Treatment Court Outreach and Services Coordinator.

The Outreach and Services Coordinator reports to the City of Dallas Community Courts Manager and is responsible for all outreach efforts and records management related to the City of Dallas Veteran’s Treatment Court, a specialty court that focuses on Veterans charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses who suffer from alcohol, substance abuse, mental health, or dual diagnosis problems that contribute to their criminogenic behaviors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Network with community members, criminal justice leaders, local non-profits, and the VHA/VBA to ensure the Court is marketed community-wide.
  2. Design written outreach materials and conduct trainings, community meetings, surveys, and other activities that educate potential participants and referring agencies about the Court.
  3. Collect, create and/or maintain Court-related records including all outreach material, grant-mandated data and reports, documentation of contact with potential participants, volunteer logs, donation records, and other related materials.
  4. Conduct orientation for all participants deemed eligible for the Court.
  5. On a weekly basis, collect required information from staffing team members and timely distribute staffing reports.
  6. Attend all court dockets and staffing meetings and be prepared to provide court-related information to Judge or staffing team members.
  7. Respond to potential participants’ and court partners’ requests for assistance and/or information in a timely and thorough manner. 
  8. Coordinate with other internal and external staff and programs so that opportunities for participants can be maximized.
  9. Maintain close professional relationships with local service providers that serve the veteran population.
  10. Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  11. Regularly keep court manager updated regarding activities. Submit all written outreach materials to court manager before distribution.
  12. Perform related duties as assigned.

The Outreach Coordinator must ensure that activities and services are documented appropriately in paper and electronic files. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for monitoring performance outcomes and maintaining high quality services within the program guidelines and budget limits.

Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Behavioral Sciences, or related field or equivalent experience working in criminal justice and human services. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required.

Special consideration will be given to qualified applicants with prior experience working with United States military veterans and to applicants who are United States military veterans. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Please note: This is an at-will, grant-funded position that is subject to the yearly renewal of grant funding. No other funding is currently available to fund this position if grant funds are not renewed.

Please send resumes to:
Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas  75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com -preferred method

Please no phone calls


Employment and Real Estate Litigation Paralegal

The Dallas City Attorney’s Office seeks a legal assistant for the Employment and Real Estate Litigation Sections. Substantial experience in pre-trial and trial phases of civil litigation as a paralegal in Texas federal and state courts, excellent personal and telephone communication skills, organizational ability, and proficiency in Word and Excel are required. Experience with complex employment and real estate litigation and proficiency in CT Summation and Trial Director preferred. The successful candidate would assist Assistant City Attorneys with the details of all aspects of legal work with an emphasis on civil litigation, including preparation of and responding to discovery requests; responding to subpoena requests; researching legal issues; preparing correspondence, legal memoranda, pleadings, and documents pertaining to cases; collecting documentary evidence and other information; securing copies of regulations, statutes and case reports; screening and processing of correspondence; working on briefs, including checking citations; and other duties as assigned, all under attorney supervision. The position involves substantial contact with members of the public, City officials and staff.

The Dallas City Attorney’s Office offers compensation competitive with other government offices, including excellent benefits, and modern automated research and practice management procedures. The City Attorney’s Office is an equal opportunity employer. Details about the office and our attorneys are on-line at www.dallascityattorney.com. Information about the City of Dallas and the City’s government is on-line at www.dallascityhall.com.

Please submit resume to:
Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas   75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (preferred method)
Please no phone calls.