General Job Summary
The Staff Attorney I is responsible for all aspects of civil litigation, including drafting legal pleadings, negotiating contracts with owners of real property, reviewing records of title, managing litigation files, and advocating on behalf of the client.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by positions in this job classification. Not all duties assigned to every position are included, nor is it expected that all positions will be assigned every duty.
  • Manage full case load of properties and be responsible for timely case resolution
  • Conduct litigation hearings predominantly in the Third Judicial Circuit Court
  • Draft pleadings, contracts, review title records, attend court hearings, manage files in various stages of litigation
  • Perform legal and general research
  • Confer with DLBA staff on various matters including, but not limited to, Freedom of Information Act requests, contracts, and evictions.
  • Provide direct supervision to paralegal, or support staff, as applicable
  • Collaborate with various departments and external third-party agencies
  • Perform additional duties as directed by the Lead Attorney, Nuisance Abatement Program, and General Counsel

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)
  • Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association-accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Two to four years related legal experience, including litigation experience
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in public speaking and writing
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills as well as the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent analytical, and problem-solving skills, and good judgment to identify potential solutions
  • Understanding of and ability to apply attorney ethics rules
  • Familiarity with and ability to prepare basic litigation documents
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team
  • Ability to conduct research that is relevant, accurate, and thorough
  • Experience using and proficiency with MS Office
  • Mission-driven individual with high personal integrity and a strong sense of public service to the residents of the City of Detroit
  • Detroit residency, preferred

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Knowledge of land banking, tax foreclosure, municipal law, real estate, mortgages, and landlord-tenant law
  • Strong negotiating skills

Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association-accredited law school