Requisition No: 795842
Agency: Office of the Attorney General
Working Title: SPECIAL COUNSEL-ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENER - 41000729
Position Number: 41000729
Posting Closing Date: 03/30/2023
Our Organization and Mission: The Office represents the State of Florida in state and federal civil and criminal courts, from trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Pay: $110,000 annually
Position Summary: This Special Counsel Assistant Attorney General position will function as a lead litigator for the Orlando Bureau of the Consumer Protection Division and will work closely with other litigators for the Division in assisting and advising division attorneys in trial, pleading, practice, and procedures, and taking a lead role in our complex litigation cases. This position represents the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs, in trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals in proceedings relating to Chapters 501, 542, 812, 817, 895, and 932 of the Florida Statutes, the Florida Administrative Code, and other state and federal laws enforced or relevant to cases filed by the Office of the Attorney General.
Qualifications: Admission to the Florida Bar and ten years of professional experience in the practice of law, in the judiciary or in teaching law or any combination thereof; and five of the ten years must be in the specialty area in which the attorney is being hired.
Preference will be given to attorneys with:
- 5 or more years of civil litigation experience
- 3 or more years of consumer protection civil litigation experience
The Work You Will Do:
- Participates and oversees investigations of alleged consumer protection violations by individuals and/or corporate entities; reviews reports prepared by law enforcement officers, investigators, accountants, and financial analysts; locates and obtains documentary evidence. Oversees the investigation of potential violations of state and federal consumer protection and trade practices law; gathers and evaluates evidence and prepares cases for appropriate legal proceedings.
- Conducts litigation of consumer protection cases in state and federal courts, including preparing pleadings, motions, memoranda of law and briefs; prepares legal research and evaluates the research of investigators and paralegals; prepares subpoenas, conducts discovery, and engages in other pretrial and trial work. Attends trials, hearings, and appellate oral arguments in court. Computer use is required for the preparation of pleadings, briefs, and other documents. Negotiates resolutions of litigation cases or investigations and drafts resolution documents such as assurances of voluntary compliance, consent judgments, and mediated resolutions.
- Participates with other states through the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) by representing the State of Florida in multistate investigations and litigation.
- Conducts legal research and assists in preparing legislation proposed by the Department.
- Responds to correspondence and telephone inquiries concerning consumer protection issues.
- Represents the Department in meetings and conferences relating to consumer protection investigations and litigation. Establishes lines of communication with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors; serves on federal and state task forces and works with those agencies, as needed; initiates contact with and processes information from law enforcement agencies to further consumer protection enforcement.
- Reviews and maintains current expertise to share with the Division in consumer protection law, including reading recent judicial decisions and case summaries and attending continuing legal education and other professional seminars.
- Assists with initiatives and special assignments.
- Provides high-level input and acts as a resource to the various Bureaus throughout the State.
- May assist with developing training programs for attorneys, paralegals, and investigators.
- Performs routine administrative functions, including supervising legal secretaries, paralegals, and interns; attends staff meetings; prepares time records and case status reports; files documents, etc.
- Performs in a timely fashion other assigned duties, which may require extended hours and/or travel outside the worksite.
It is requested that you submit a writing sample as an attachment to your application.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the position, all applicants must:
Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on the application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained. NOTE: Any required experience and/or preferences listed in the advertisement must be verified at the time of application.
- Ensure that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.
- The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.
- Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.
- OAG employees are paid biweekly. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113, F.S.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: All OAG positions are "sensitive or special trust" and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.
E-VERIFY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General participates in the U.S. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.