Description:

A Government Entity seeks a qualified attorney to fill an Assistant Corporation Counsel position within the Labor and Employment Group. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will assist the Corporation Counsel and the head of the Labor and Employment Group in managing and handling lawsuits affecting the City.

Job Duties:
  • Manage incoming litigation from the pre-complaint phase through pleadings, discovery, and final resolution, including trial.
  • Draft and review written discovery responses.
  • Prepare witnesses for and defend at depositions, Taking depositions of opposition witnesses/parties.
  • Interview witnesses as part of the investigative and case preparation process.
  • Prepare for and attend mediations and/or settlement conferences.
  • Negotiate pre-trial resolutions of litigation.
  • Represent the City at disciplinary hearings and appeals before the Office of Administrative Law.
  • Represent the City in unfair practice charges before the Public Employees Relations Commission.
  • Provide advice and counseling.
  • Performs duties and responsibilities at the request of the Corporation Counsel/ Head of the Litigation Group.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

*Please note, this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

Required Education: Juris Doctor Degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association. Admission to the New Jersey Bar.

Required Experience: Minimum of three years of labor and employment experience within a corporate legal department, law firm, or governmental.

Essential Skills:
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other City of Jersey City employees, public officials, and the general public;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions;
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects at once, follow through and meet deadlines;
  • Strong oral and written advocacy skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience handling litigation involving CEPA, NJLAD, ADA, ADEA, and Title VII

Preferred Skills:
  • Familiarity with the general workings and activities of municipal government.
  • Previous defense-side litigation experience.
  • Familiarity with the Civil Service Act.