Description:

Attorney III (Attorney)
Performs highly complex (senior-level) legal work for Enforcement. Investigates and litigates administrative actions against licensed insurance agents, adjusters, companies, and other authorized persons, as well as against unlicensed individuals and entities for violations of the Texas Insurance Code, Texas Administrative Code, and Texas Occupations Code. Work involves overseeing and planning legal activities, preparing legal documents, participating in hearings, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering legal advice and counsel. Works under general, or limited supervision, with moderate, or considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

This position:
  • Represents the A Government Entity in disciplinary actions concerning licensed insurance agents, adjusters, companies, and other authorized persons, as well as against unlicensed individuals and entities.
  • Drafts, briefs, and pleadings.
  • Prepares commissioner orders related to contested cases and hearings.
  • Assists in the investigation and resolution of complaints concerning alleged violations of the Texas Insurance Code, Texas Administrative Code, and Texas Occupations Code.
  • Assists the Office of the Attorney General in preparation of administrative appeals.
  • Provides legal advice and opinions for the commissioner of insurance and other agency employees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
This position requires:
  • Graduation from an accredited law school with a J.D. or LL.B degree.
  • Experience
    • Attorney III – four years of litigation experience with three years of experience in administrative law, insurance law, criminal law, or similar practice area. Law clerk, legal assistant, or similar experience may count toward legal experience requirement.

Note: Law clerk experience can be counted toward legal experience.

Registration, License, or Certification Required
Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Licensure candidates who took a recent bar exam may apply for this position but must meet this licensing requirement before the date of hire.

Additional job details:
This position requires regular work attendance. The position may be eligible for a hybrid work schedule. If eligible, the employee must have a secure, dedicated workspace with reliable broadband internet service. The ideal candidate must be available for weekly meetings and group collaboration via Microsoft Teams and other applications during regular business hours.

If you are chosen for an interview, please provide the following information:
  • A resume
  • A writing sample of no more than 10 pages and must not be authored by anyone other than the applicant.
  • A complete law school transcript showing graduation date (Personal Identifiable Information should be redacted).
  • Applications submitted without this information will not be considered.

This position requires applicant to be eligible to apply for access to the Texas Criminal Justice Information system. For eligibility, see: https://www.dps.texas.gov/administration/crime_records/docs/txCJISSysAccPolicy.pdf

A Government Entity will conduct a criminal background check on all final candidates. An applicant who has been convicted of, received deferred adjudication for, or has an open arrest for a criminal offense, may be disqualified from employment.

Preferences for this position include:
  • At least one year of litigation experience, with trial experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of and experience in administrative law, insurance, or criminal law.
  • Successful completion of litigation-related law school courses, such as evidence, advocacy, trial skills, clinics, internships, and participation in mock trial or moot court may be counted toward the litigation experience requirement.

This position requires demonstrated knowledge of:
  • State laws, rules, procedures, and regulations relevant to job requirements.
  • Civil evidentiary techniques and procedural requirements.
  • Word processing and experience in the preparation of pleadings, legal documents, and briefs.
  • Texas Insurance Code and Texas Administrative Procedures and Texas Register Act.
  • Legislative drafting techniques.

This position requires demonstrated skill in:
  • Problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Using Microsoft Office software applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint.
  • Using personal computers sufficient to enter and extract data from related systems and programs such as Centralized Accounting Payroll and Personnel (CAPPS) and other systems required to perform the job.
  • Legal research, analysis, and writing in plain English.
  • Use of personal computers and applicable software.
  • Prioritizing workloads and meeting deadlines.
  • Planning, decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Effective oral and verbal communication

This position requires the demonstrated ability to:
  • Communicate and work effectively with a wide range of people with varied skills, knowledge, and backgrounds.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Analyze and solve work-related problems and work independently on a variety of administrative work and technical assignments.
  • Manage and coordinate multiple tasks and priorities to meet necessary deadlines.
  • Work both independently and as a team player.
  • Express comments and legal opinions logically and persuasively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Analyze and solve legal problems and interpret laws and regulations affecting the agency.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with both internal and external customers.
  • Deal tactfully and professionally with agency staff, the insurance industry, governmental officials, and the public.
  • Comprehend and apply the Texas Insurance Code, Texas Administrative Code, and Texas Occupations Code.
  • Coordinate investigation and prepare witnesses and evidence for contested case hearings.
  • Respond to dynamic situations on an as-needed and case-by-case basis.
  • Use or learn to use agency technology tools, databases, and tracking systems.
  • Demonstrate commitment to public service.