Closing Date: 26th August, 2022


The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor in the Constitutional & Commercial Litigation Division. The Constitutional and Commercial Litigation Division represents the City and City officials in a broad range of constitutional and commercial matters in both federal and state courts, specializing in cases raising complex, novel, or high-profile legal issues. Attorneys in the Division litigate constitutional challenges to the City’s ordinances and policies, such as First Amendment speech and religion challenges to regulations of the public way, Second Amendment claims against gun control measures, and due process and equal protection challenges to City regulations governing particular industries. Attorneys also defend City land use and zoning decisions, such as those authorizing the Obama Presidential Center and the Lincoln Yards development. The Division also defends City policies and ordinances in cases asserting preemption under state law, such as challenges to City ordinances governing the City’s administrative adjudication systems. The Division also litigates commercial matters across a broad range of legal and factual areas, including construction, securities, government procurement, and contracts.. Many of the Division’s matters involve working with other City departments and client representatives from those departments. The Division also provides pre-litigation advice and counseling to many City departments.

The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel and the Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel of the Division and will manage a litigation caseload as lead counsel while supervising Assistant Corporation Counsels working on the cases. Some of the essential duties of the Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor include, but are not limited to, litigating cases in both federal and state courts; supervising Assistant Corporation Counsels who are working on those cases; drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents; reviewing and editing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents drafted by Assistant Corporation Counsels; conducting and managing discovery and supervising Assistant Corporation Counsels on discovery matters; representing the City, City officials, and City employees in contested court proceedings, including emergency motions for temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunction hearings, and trials; advising City departments on legal issues related to the Division’s practice; and assisting in administrative duties as necessary.

Graduation from an American Bar Association (accredited law school with a Juris Doctor and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ideal candidates will possess:
  • Eight years of litigation experience in federal and state courts;
  • Superior academic achievement as shown by measures such as grade point average, class rank, honors or participation in at least one of the following activities in law school: law journal, moot court, clinical experience, or judicial externship or internship;
  • Experience with, and demonstrated ability to manage, complex litigation;
  • Experience conducting contested hearings, including trials and preliminary injunction hearings;
  • Experience in conducting discovery, including expert and lay depositions and e-discovery;
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to write clearly and persuasively;
  • Excellent oral communication and negotiating skills, including the ability to argue persuasively;
  • The ability to work well with others; and
  • The ability to manage and supervise attorneys.