Description:About Our Job:
The secret is out: The City and County of Denver is not only one of the nation's top places to live, work, and play, it also made the Forbes list of top employers in Colorado, ranked #10 in the state of Colorado. Being the one of the best places to live and work isn't easy, and Denver strives to hire the best people to represent our beautiful city. We are seeking people who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this City and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the City as a whole. #WhereDenverWorks.
The Denver City Attorney's Office is one of the largest law firms in Colorado, with over 230 attorneys and staff members comprised of paralegals, victim advocates, and other support and supervisory staff members. It may have the most diverse practice of any law firm in Colorado since Denver is a home rule city and county. Clients include the Mayor, City Council, all other elected and appointed officials, all city agencies, departments, boards, commissions, and employees.
The City Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing an equitable, inclusive, and diverse work environment. Through Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts, we strive to respect and honor differences, create a culture of compassion, collaboration, and common purpose for sharing our talents, skills, and creativity with each other. We are committed to removing barriers and providing opportunities. The successful candidate for this position must demonstrate these core operating principles.
The Civil Litigation Section is responsible for handling most tort and civil rights actions brought against the City, its officials, and employees, except for claims and lawsuits involving the Denver International Airport and the Department of Human Services. Attorneys in the Section prepare and defend against civil actions for which governmental immunity is waived under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, including allegations of personal injury, property damage, and dangerous conditions, and civil rights lawsuits brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, the ADA, and the newly enacted Colorado Law Enforcement Integrity Act. Attorneys are also responsible for appeals arising from assigned civil cases in the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Collectively, the Section handles approximately 120 lawsuits, including appeals, and over 600 claims annually.
Senior attorneys assist with the management and investigation of complex claims, provide guidance and legal advice to claims adjusters related to claims evaluation, and identify areas of risk for the purpose of providing risk management services to various city departments and agencies. Attorneys also occasionally pursue actions in which the City is the plaintiff and provide city departments and agencies with training, legal advice, and policy and procedure development to ensure compliance with best practices.
This position presents a challenging and rewarding opportunity for a senior-level attorney with substantial litigation experience, who thrives in a fast-paced, constantly changing work environment, embraces challenges and enjoys having the opportunity to create new law. Senior attorneys are responsible for serving as lead counsel on some of the City's most complex litigation and mentoring attorneys with less experience.
Job responsibilities for a Senior Attorney in the Civil Litigation Section include:
- Quality Legal Work: Possession of a strong knowledge and high proficiency in a wide variety of local government and other applicable law, with specialized demonstrated expertise in the areas of torts and civil rights; Readily identifying issues and finding creative solutions for areas of improvement while working collaboratively with the Section Director, other sections of the City Attorney's Office, and various city departments and agencies; Ability to conduct appropriate legal research and produce concise, coherent, comprehensive, and well-reasoned work with an emphasis on attention to detail; Willingness and experience sufficient to assuming the lead counsel role on a variety of lawsuits, including high-profile, complex lawsuit; Ability to assess and provide budgets for assigned litigation and use independent judgment in response to complex and fluid situations as they arise; Providing excellent client service, including representing, advising, and developing policy and training for city departments and agencies, officers and employees; Coaching and mentoring attorneys with less experience in litigation, research, and related activities; Providing guidance and legal opinions to claims adjusters and other various departments and agencies; Addressing and managing conflicts and effectively navigate through change while maintaining flexibility
- Leadership and Collaboration: Supporting and implementing the vision of the Section and the City Attorney's Office as a whole, including facilitating and promoting integration of diversity, equality, and inclusiveness strategies into work and the work environment; Creating and leading high-performing teams by establishing a spirit of cooperation, cohesion for achieving goals, and openness to feedback; Ensuring appropriate collaboration with Section leadership to achieve section, agency, or Mayoral priorities; Openness to new organizational structures, procedures, technology, and overall change
- Promoting teamwork and encourage regular communication between team members, Section leadership, and Civil Litigation Team overall
- Performing other related duties as assigned or requested by Section Director or City Attorney
We are looking for an experienced attorney who is a self-starter, team-player, and passionate about working in public service. We seek someone who strives to achieve operational excellence in defending against claims and lawsuits filed against the City and its employees. The right candidate must be outcome- and results-oriented, ethical and fair, have good common sense and sound judgment, be capable of working on and managing several complex and varied lawsuits and/or issues at one time, demonstrate an ability to develop attorneys with less experience, and creatively and effectively handle complex litigation in the best interest of the City, its officials and employees.
Preferred candidates will have:
- At least seven (7) years of significant litigation experience, including successfully managing a large case load and trying cases as lead counsel
- Experience handling litigation involving public entities
- Experience in civil rights law and/or complex tort litigation
- Experience with budgeting and leading complex projects, including large document production and eDiscovery compliance.
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
- Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree or Bachelor of Laws Degree.
- Experience: Three years of significant practice as an attorney in the area of civil litigation.
- Licensures/Certifications: Possession of a license to practice law in Colorado from the Colorado Supreme Court at the time of application or possession of a license from any U.S. state that has a reciprocity agreement with the state of Colorado, excluding the following states: California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. The preceding list of non-reciprocal admission jurisdictions is intended to be used only as a guide, as rules and regulations of every jurisdiction are subject to change at any time. Positions with the Denver City Attorney's Office are dependent upon the rules and regulations in place at the time of application and subsequent hiring. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.
- Education / Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.
Preferred experience must be demonstrated on the application in addition to resume and cover letter. Applications submitted without a resume, writing sample, and cover letter will not be considered. Your cover letter should address the experience you have with handling litigation involving complex tort and/or civil rights claims and the extent of your experience, including:
- The number of years you have practiced as an attorney in the areas of complex torts or civil rights and how you believe your experience makes you the right candidate for this position.
- Your specific trial experience, including the number of trials in which you have served as lead counsel, the court(s) before which you have appeared, and a description of the nature of the cases tried.
To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the multiple attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):
- Resume – Required
- Cover Letter addressing the extent of your experience in litigation involving complex tort and/or civil rights claims, including the information in the above paragraph – Required