Attorney (In House Counsel)

State Bar of California

State Bar of California

Los Angeles, CA

Position Summary:

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) seeks an Attorney with a strong background and experience in any or combination of the following areas: litigation representing governmental or public agencies in state and federal court; advising on laws applicable to public or governmental agencies, including California Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, Bagley-Keene, Government Claims Act, public governance, gift regulations, and ethics; and advising and developing policies for public, governmental, quasi-judicial agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintains close working relationships with management, subject matter supervisors, and team members to whom they are assigned to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Coordinates the work of other staff necessary to perform assigned responsibilities and may participate in the training of other personnel.
Responsible for handling complex matters with the expectation of producing favorable results.
Handling litigation matters, including responding to complaints, propounding and responding to discovery, substantive motions, and hearings, up to and including trial.
Conducting “second look” reviews of complaints filed against attorneys that have been closed by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel without taking any action and determining whether to recommend further actions with respect to such complaints.
Studies, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and other legal authorities that are more complex than those handled by Attorney IIs and is responsible for the preparation of legal documents, pleadings, memoranda, reports, opinions, and other materials.
Prepares for and completes cases, projects, presentations, and other assignments of a more complex nature.
Coordinates with other attorneys, volunteers, and other constituencies as assigned.
Ensures the adequate, effective, and timely preparation, presentation, and completion of investigations, cases, and/or legal projects assigned.
Keeps informed and assures that subordinate staff is informed concerning the applicable law, rules, procedures, policies, and practices relating to their function.
May participate in the effectuation and/or formulation of management policy and represents and counsels management with respect to human resources issues.
Evaluate administrative problems and procedures and recommend solutions and or alternative methods or procedures.
Assumes a senior-level role in advising management in the effectuation and/or formulation of management policy.
Provides substantive and procedural guidance to lower-level Attorneys.
Provides direction to and reviews the work of non-attorney staff.
May perform a number of other similar or related duties which may not be specifically included within this position description but which are consistent with the general level of the job and the responsibilities described.

Qualifications and Prior Experience:

Successful completion of a Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school.
Minimum of 4- 5 years of progressively responsible experience in litigation and/or legal advice demonstrating the knowledge and skills necessary for this position.

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