Washington State Assistant Attorney General - Complex Litigation Division in Seattle (or Olympia) in Seattle, Washington
Persons requiring reasonable accommodation may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693 or Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com
The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, serving more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.
The agency is highly respected for the quality of its legal work and the professionalism and ethical standards of its staff and leadership. The AGO's dedicated team of 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff often cite the AGO's broad mandate, offering challenging, diverse work in the public interest as reasons to join the office -- and opportunities for professional growth, along with a collegial atmosphere, as reasons to stay. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.
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The Washington State Attorney General's Office has an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced attorney interested in handling complex, high-profile cases.
The Office is expanding its Complex Litigation Unit to create a larger Complex Litigation Division in order to increase our capacity to provide representation and assistance on the Office's most difficult, challenging and high profile cases. The Office seeks an attorney with significant litigation experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service to work in this Division. The position will be located in Seattle or Olympia, depending on the needs and interest of the person hired to fill this role.
The affirmative litigation in which members of the Complex Litigation Division may participate include cases similar to Washington v. Trump, Washington's challenge to the federal government's travel ban; Washington v. Moniz,Washington's suit to protect workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation; and State v. Grocery Manufacturers Assoc., a campaign finance matter in which the trial court imposed an $18 million fine on the defendant. The Division will work with other units and divisions in the Office that engage in affirmative litigation, including the Wing Luke Civil Rights, Campaign Finance and Counsel for Environmental Protection Units, as well as the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Divisions.
The defensive litigation in which members of the Complex Litigation Division may participate include defending state agencies in class actions and other significant, challenging and complex cases. These cases may be similar to Stormans, Inc. v. Weisman, a challenge to Washington's rules requiring the dispensation of emergency contraceptives, McCleary v. State, regarding Washington's method of funding public schools, and Hooper v. City of Seattle,a challenge to governmental actions regarding homeless encampments. The position will work closely with a variety of the Office's divisions including Torts, Social and Health Services, Education, Corrections and Ecology.
Duties of attorneys in the Complex Litigation Division will include directing and assisting in investigations; drafting pleadings, motions and memoranda from initial filing through post-judgment proceedings; conducting all aspects of discovery; motions practice, trials, and participating in post-trial proceedings including any appeals. We practice in federal court and superior courts statewide and, in addition to other divisions in the Office, we will work closely with other state and federal law enforcement agencies and community stakeholders.
Our attorneys may be asked to represent the Attorney General's Office in public settings on matters that may be of a sensitive or high profile nature and that may carry elevated media interest. This position requires statewide travel, including overnight trips.
Qualified candidates must have:
- 8 or more years actively litigating civil cases in state and federal courts of general jurisdiction, including discovery, motions practice under Rules 12 and 56, and trying cases to a verdict;
- Excellent judgment;
- The ability to multitask and manage a robust caseload;
- Superior interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills;
- Exceptional ability to advance legal arguments by writing persuasively, concisely and respectfully;
- A demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage issues of a diverse and complex legal nature; and
- The demonstrated ability to facilitate issue resolution in a highly visible environment. Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA's Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people. Supplemental Information
AGO salaries are based on experience, qualifications and are commensurate with comparable positions in the AGO. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued.
Interested applicants must apply by hitting the "apply" button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system:
- A letter of interest;
- Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
- Writing sample.
If you have questions about this position and/or wish to learn more about it before applying, we encourage and welcome you to call Deputy AG Todd Bowers at ToddB@atg.wa.gov or (206) 389-2028. The deadline for receipt of all application material is October 2, 2017.
This Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693 or Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com
Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: King County - Seattle - Downtown Business, WA
Job Type: Exempt
Department: Attorney General's Office
Job Number: 2017-08458
Closing: 10/2/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
Agency: State of Washington
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