• Deputy City Attorney – Litigation

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/2/2018 12:56 PM)
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    $94,290-$144,581 annually
    Job Closing Date
  • Nature of Work/Essential Functions

    *Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.



    Under administrative direction, assists the Corporation Counsel/City Attorney in providing legal representation for the City of Evanston. This is a litigation position. The candidate will be responsible for handling complex litigation cases, with tasks to include preparing complaints, answers, discovery, motions, briefs and other legal documents. Conducts and participates in depositions and hearings. This position will be first chair for trials, arbitration and mediations. Acts as City Attorney, in his/her absence.

    Duties include representing the City in various settings, including court hearings, trials, mediations and oral arguments in both state and federal court; rendering advice to City departments, officials and employees with regard to litigation and settlement of lawsuits; and offering advisory legal opinions particularly with regard to litigation or potential litigation. Ability to attend night meetings is required.


    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

    • Represents the City and its employees as lead counsel concerning all aspects of cases in federal and state court. Includes taking cases to trial, analyzing and evaluating claims, drafting motions and pleadings; taking depositions; and issuing and answering discovery.
    • Drafts and/or reviews City ordinances, resolutions, contracts, purchases as directed. Researches, drafts, and provides legal opinions concerning all matters relating to municipal operations.
    • Provides oral and/or written legal advice as requested or directed by the City Attorney.
    • Acts as City’s legal representative at administrative hearings before the City Boards, Committees and Commissions, and other State and City administrative boards when directed.
    • May determine appropriate legal action when ordinances are violated; prosecutes Housing and Building Code violations at Circuit Court or administrative hearings.
    • Attends night meetings as needed, which may include City Council meetings and meetings of the standing committees of the City Council, police review committee, and neighborhood meetings, as needed.

    Minimum Requirements



    • Must possess a Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.
    • Must possess five (5) or more years of trial and litigation experience, preferably in a government setting. Possession of federal appellate and trial experience is preferred. Possession of litigation experience in municipal law and/or labor and employment law is preferred.
    • Must be admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Trial Bar.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.
    • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
    • Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws and established precedents with emphasis on tort immunity, equal protection, due process, personal injury defense, contract formation, civil procedure, and civil rights.
    • Substantive trial, litigation, and administrative hearing experience in state and federal court.
    • Knowledge of Illinois municipal law and practice, labor and employment law.
    • Knowledge of Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act.
    • Knowledge of Illinois budget and appropriation statutes.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of “clients” and staff throughout the City and outside of the organization.
    • Ability to effectively represent the City in litigation when necessary.
    • Ability to multi-task and prioritize; ability to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
    • Ability to manage and supervise professional and clerical staff.
    • Excellent organization, decision making, and time management skills.
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills; ability to write clearly and concisely.
    • Ability to attend evening City Council meetings.


    Ability to work primarily in a sedentary position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 10 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects, books, materials, etc. using up to 15 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

    The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes. Employee may travel between various City worksites in order to accomplish position goals. May be required to attend night meetings as needed.

    There are no environmental hazards associated with this classification.

    This employee is subject to inside environmental conditions.


    Additional Information


    Under the general direction and direct supervision of the City Attorney/Corporation Counsel, the individual has contact with other division and department staff at all levels and uses the necessary resources in other departments and divisions. The employee is responsible for prioritizing work tasks and for identifying and utilizing the appropriate resources to resolve a problem or situation and for researching and analyzing specific data in accordance with City policies and procedures. Performance is reviewed at least annually through observation, completion of projects, status reports, conferences, and meetings with respect to problem-solving ability, research and analytical skills, written and verbal communication skills, and performance in accordance with this classification standard. Employee must be capable of exercising independent judgment working independently.



    The employee has regular and frequent contact with division and department employees as well as other City employees; regular contact with the general public, vendors and legal professionals as well.



    Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.

    The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).


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