Assistant Attorney General - Highways & Utilities

State of UtahSalt Lake County, UtahFull TimeOn Site

Job Description

Assistant Attorney General - Highways & Utilities
The Utah Attorney General's Office, Highways & Utilities Division, is seeking an attorney to represent the Department of Transportation (UDOT) in eminent domain actions and other legal matters handled by the Division. This is a full-time, career service position with benefits.

This position is a senior level position which requires a minimum of eight years of experience. Depending on experience, it may be underfilled to a level III position which requires five years of experience. Preference will be given to applicants with civil jury trial experience.

Applicants must have the ability to analyze complex legal problems, apply legal principles, prepare and present legal documents in a clear and concise manner, and present arguments clearly, persuasively and logically. This position requires excellent written and oral advocacy skills. Applicants must have the experience and ability to immediately take over an existing caseload. Travel is required as incumbents will need to represent the UDOT in legal proceedings throughout the State. Membership in the Utah State Bar in good standing is required.

Example of Duties

  • Prepares cases by conducting legal research and gathering evidence.
  • Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate advice, and/or facilitates decisions.
  • Determine needs in discovery, and/or completes discovery; participates in decision making and strategy sessions in preparing cases for court and determining evidence to be used.
  • Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and/or other written materials.
  • Receives, researches and responds to incoming questions or complaints; provides information, explains policy and procedures, and/or facilitates a resolution.
  • Represents the state or the employing agency in lawsuits, grievances, and complaints.
  • Drafts litigation working documents; prepares documents consisting of concise decisions based upon facts of case interpretations of law and compliance with state and federal standards.
  • Conduct conferences with defendants and/or attorneys and negotiate settlements.
  • Represents clients at formal or informal hearings.
  • May be required to travel to various locations and stay overnight.

Typical Qualifications

(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

  • agency and/or organizational program(s)
  • communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
  • read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures
  • speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
  • legal processes and procedures
  • applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures
  • civil and criminal justice laws
  • understand and apply case and statutory law
  • evaluate information against a set of standards
  • use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
  • laws, legal codes, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, the democratic political process, and legislative history
  • perform legal research using case law and appropriate techniques
  • laws governing access to public and private records (Government Records Access and Management Act)
  • make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
  • deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
  • provide consultation and/or expert advice or testimony
  • rules of evidence
  • interpret and apply legal decisions and identify current and emerging trends in interpretation
  • principles, theories, and practices of judicial or administrative law

Supplemental Information

  • A Juris Doctorate is required.
  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
  • A conditional offer of employment will be made pending a satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
  • Must be able to travel as required.
  • Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA 53-3-202(1)(a).
  • Active membership in the Utah State Bar.

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