Assistant Attorney General I-III (22-0358)

Office of the Attorney General

DIVISION: Tort Litigation
POSTING NUMBER: 22-0358
JOB TITLE: Assistant Attorney General I-III WORKING TITLE: Assistant Attorney General
MONTHLY SALARY: $5,666.67-$6,666.67 DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATIONS
POSTING DATE: January 12, 2022 DURATION: Until Filled
LOCATION: 300 W. 15th St., 12th Floor, Austin, TX 78701
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is a dynamic state agency with over 4000 employees throughout the State of Texas. As the State’s law firm, the OAG provides exemplary legal
representation in diverse areas of law. Assistant Attorneys General experience the challenge and honor of public service while enjoying a healthy work-life balance; hands-on legal
experience; and engaging camaraderie in Austin, the scenic and lively capital of Texas. The Tort Litigation Division specializes in defending state agencies and employees throughout the
state against claims involving personal injuries, including medical malpractice, premises liability, auto accidents and workers’ compensation. We provide a highly collaborative work
environment where lawyers help one another while managing their own dockets as first chair from the initial stages of a case through any appeal. The OAG seeks qualified, self-motivated
candidates to manage cases from inception to conclusion, including drafting motions and discovery, appearing at hearings, trying cases, negotiating settlements, and handling appeals, as well as assisting other AAGs. OAG employees enjoy excellent benefits (https://ers.texas.gov/Benefits-at-a-Glance) along with tremendous opportunities to do important work and make a positive difference in the lives of Texans.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Evaluates and defends against claims made against state agencies under the Texas Tort Claims Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act at all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation
claims, administrative hearings, jury trials in district and county courts, and appellate work; assesses and files claims and suits on behalf of state agencies to recover subrogation interests
and property damage claims
Reviews medical records, researches appellate decisions and related case law, and drafts summary reports, and legal memorandum
Provides legal advice, counsel and assistance to client state agencies
Analyzes complex factual and legal issues and develops evidence through witness interviews, depositions, written discovery and document review
Provides excellent customer service
Evaluates and defends against claims made against state agencies under the Texas Tort Claims Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act at all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation
claims, administrative hearings, jury trials in district and county courts, and appellate work; assesses and files claims and suits on behalf of state agencies to recover subrogation interests
and property damage claims
May draft appellate briefs
Performs related work as assigned
Maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions
Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule
Ensures security and confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information
Complies with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity
Assistant Attorney General II – All the above functions for an AAG I, PLUS:
Prepares for and performs routine duties of legal counsel in evaluating claims made against state agencies
Assistant Attorney General III – All the above functions for an AAG II, PLUS:
Prepares for and performs moderately complex duties of legal counsel in evaluating claims made against state agencies
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree (J.D)
Licensed as an attorney by the State Bar of Texas
Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas
Skill in conducting effective legal research and evaluating legal issues
Skill in effectively managing a moderately heavy caseload in all stages of development
Skill in using a computer for word-processing and data entry/retrieval
Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines
Skill in effective oral and written communication skills [Writing sample required at time of interview]
Skill in exercising sound judgment and effective decision making
Ability to work in person at assigned OAG work location, perform all assigned tasks at designated OAG work space within OAG work location, and perform in-person work with coworkers (e.g., collaborating, training, mentoring) for the entirety of every work week (unless on approved leave).
Ability to receive and respond positively to constructive feedback
Ability to work cooperatively with others in a professional office environment
Ability to provide excellent customer service
Ability to work more than 40 hours as needed and in compliance with the FLSA
Ability to lift and relocate 30 lbs.
Ability to travel (including overnight travel) up to 50%.
Assistant Attorney General (AAG) II – All the above qualifications for an AAG I, PLUS:
One year of full-time legal experience as a licensed attorney
Assistant Attorney General (AAG) III – All the above qualifications for an AAG II, PLUS:
One additional year of full-time legal experience as a licensed attorney
First Chair jury trial experience
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
First Chair jury trial experience
Experience handling workers’ compensation law
Experience handling personal injury cases
Experience using MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, Excel and LCMS
Experience with Shepardizing, Westlaw, Lexis Nexis and other related computerized legal research tools
Experience handling workers’ compensation law
Knowledge of the Texas Tort Claims Act and practices relevant to the cases handled by the Tort Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General
TO APPLY
To apply for a job with the OAG, submit a completed State of Texas job application through the OAG Job Postings Page. In addition, electronic applications can be submitted through either CAPPS Recruit or Work in Texas. A State of Texas application must be completed to be considered, and paper applications are not accepted. For further instructions on how to apply through the OAG Job Postings Page, see our How to Apply page. Your application for this position may subject you to a criminal background check pursuant to the Texas Government Code. Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf
THE OAG IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Posted: January 12, 2022