Closing Date: 29th March, 2024


A Government Entity is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel (“ACC”) in the AERC Division to represent various City Departments in aviation matters.

AERC handles a wide range of transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters in areas including, but not limited to, contracts and municipal purchasing, data sharing, environmental protection, utility regulation, and aviation. ACCs generally focus their work in one of three main practice areas – Aviation, Contracts, or Regulatory and Litigation; however, ACCs may be required to assist in the other practice areas, as needed to support operations. This ACC will be required to attend in-person client meetings or hearings onsite at the City's airports and other locations.

This posting seeks an ACC to work in the Aviation area. The ACC will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel, Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel, and Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisors of AERC. The ACC will analyze proposed transactions for compliance with law, conduct legal research, and advise primarily the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) on legal compliance and regulatory matters. This ACC will be expected to learn the complex statutory and regulatory frameworks for airports, municipal law, and contracts. The ACC will also review, draft, and negotiate contracts for the purchase of goods, work and services, leases, concession agreements, agreements with federal agencies and airlines, and other agreements for CDA, as well as review and draft proposed ordinances related to such agreements. They will also counsel and advise the City on various regulatory matters relating to the airports, and will be involved in CDA rule administrative proceedings and enforcement proceedings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ideal candidates will possess the following:
  • Demonstrated academic achievement;
  • Demonstrated interest in aviation, logistics, transportation, or related industries; or in non-residential commercial real estate; or in municipal finance.
  • Legal experience handling transactional matters, including reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts;
  • Legal experience analyzing proposed transactions for compliance with the law;
  • Legal experience with the complex statutory and regulatory frameworks for various contracts;
  • Legal experience researching, analyzing, drafting and/or reviewing legislation, proposed legislation, and rules/regulations;
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • Superior writing, researching and editing skills;
  • Exceptional client counseling skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines;
  • Ability to work well with others; and
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks.