Assistant Attorney General (Civil Recovery Section)

Oregon Department of JusticeSalem, OregonFull TimeRemote

Civil Enforcement Division, Civil Recovery Section

The Oregon Department of Justice is seeking applicants for an attorney position in the Civil Recovery Section of the Civil Enforcement Division.  This position is Salem-based, with opportunities for some remote work and to work in our Portland office.  The Civil Recovery Section represents all state agencies, boards and commissions in state and federal litigation, as well as contested case hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings.   This position offers a diverse and stimulating plaintiff’s litigation practice.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to represent agencies in a wide variety of matters, including:

  • Wildfire investigations and cost recovery.
  • Contract disputes.
  • Torts.
  • Injunctive relief.
  • Subpoena enforcement.
  • Overpayment recovery.
  • Foreclosures.
  • Real property disputes.
  • Probate (including estates and guardianships)

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Michael Grant, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Recovery Section, at 503-934-4400.


  • Active membership and in good standing with the Oregon State Bar by the time of appointment.
  • At least five (5) years of civil litigation experience, including first chair trial experience. 
  • Possess superior analytical, advocacy, research, verbal communication, and writing skills.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Client counseling skills.
  • Collaborative work history with lawyers and non-lawyers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and contributing to an inclusive working environment where diverse individual experiences and perspectives are valued and supported.

The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exception/exemption/accommodation. For more information, visit

Desired Experience

  • Candidates with litigation experience in more than one practice area are preferred.

Applicants most closely matching the requirements and needs of the position will be invited to interview.  This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Application Process

  • Follow the "Apply" link above. 
  • Attach your resume.
  • Attach your cover letter.
  • Attach a writing sample suitable for assessing analytical and writing ability. The writing sample should be a legal memo, not a litigation filing. (Not required from attorneys currently working for the Oregon Department of Justice.)

This OAJA-represented position will be filled at either the Assistant Attorney General or Senior Assistant Attorney General level, salary range $7,374-$14,260 per month, depending primarily on years of legal practice experience and other factors.

Working for the Department of Justice

Assistant Attorneys General, on behalf of the Attorney General, represent the State of Oregon and state-elected and appointed officials, agencies, boards and commissions in most civil and many criminal proceedings.  The Department offers a broad range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex issues that face our state and make a difference to the citizens of Oregon while providing unparalleled career satisfaction and professional prospects.

Conduct Expectations 

The role of the Oregon Department of Justice is to provide justice and uphold the rule of law. Employees of the Department are required to meet the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics while on the job, and also to maintain those same high standards when taking actions in their personal lives that could reflect on the Department.

The Department of Justice

The Mission of the Oregon Department of Justice is to serve state government and to support safe and healthy communities throughout Oregon by providing essential justice services. Its over 1,300 employees in nine divisions, including more than 300 lawyers, are dedicated to the rule of law and serving the people of Oregon and its government.  

The Attorney General and our nine divisions are dedicated to: 

  • Providing ethical, independent and high quality legal services to state government;
  • Safeguarding consumers from fraud and unfair business practices;
  • Fighting crime and helping crime victims; 
  • Advocating for vulnerable children;
  • Supporting families through the collection of child support;  
  • Enforcing environmental protections; 
  • Defending the civil rights of all Oregonians;
  • Pursuing justice and upholding the rule of law.  

Diversity is a core value of the Department of Justice and the department’s Civil Enforcement Division.  We are working to build and maintain a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment.  Every employee expands our diversity through varied experiences and perspectives, and by contributing to the range of ways to understand and communicate with one another, identify challenges, and work cooperatively. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.

For additional information regarding benefits and application assistance, click HERE.

Oregon Department of Justice

1162 Court St NE

Salem OR, 97301

Phone: (503) 947-4328

Fax: (503) 373-0367

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