Description:

The Position:
Candidates will have experience with all phases of complex civil litigation, including fact investigation, legal research and writing, discovery, preparing pleadings, taking and defending depositions, and appearing in court for motions, pre-trial proceedings and trial.

Candidates must be excited for the opportunity to grow and develop the firm's litigation department, providing leadership, direction, and some day-to-day supervision to attorneys on all aspects of work involving civil litigation. Candidates shall possess personality traits that allow them to operate in a team environment and to deal with the public and elected officials on a regular basis. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and situationally aware, with the ability to discern issues quickly and efficiently and confidently analyze legal questions. Current licensure in Missouri is required, Federal licensure and Kansas licensure are a strong plus.

Essential Duties:
  • Representing clients and managing all aspects of civil litigation.
  • Conduct all phases of litigation including research, interviews, investigations, motions and trials.
  • Evaluate files to determine the degree of potential liability and damages.
  • Handle pleadings, pre-trial discovery, trial, settlement, and appeal.
  • Research and interpret existing laws and regulations to guide informed decisions and reduce risk.
  • Prepare and review various agreements, contracts, and other legal documents.
  • Represent clients at arbitration, mediation, and other legal proceedings.
  • Represent clients in bench and jury trials
  • Track work and prepare monthly/quarterly reports for firm's management team.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Education: Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  • Experience: Six years of civil litigation experience, including trial experience as first or second chair.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with developing and growing a team.

Certifications/Licenses:
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Membership in or ability to obtain membership with the Missouri State Bar

Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and applications of civil and administrative law, including those related to municipal operations, condemnation, and other legal proceedings.
  • Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Methods of legal research.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.
  • Principles of employee supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Established precedents applicable to municipal activities.
  • Pertinent Federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Safe driving principles and practices.

Ability to:
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the firm's litigation department.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of attorneys and administrative support personnel. Including delegation of work.
  • Develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient legal services.
  • Represent our clients in a wide variety of judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Prepare and present complex cases in court.
  • Draft findings of fact and conclusions of law related to administrative proceedings.
  • Conduct research on complex legal issues and prepare legal opinions for clients.
  • Interpret and apply legal principles and procedures.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Deal with potentially hostile citizens in an effective and polite manner.