Assistant Chief Counsel (61031547)

State of South CarolinaColumbia, South carolinaFull TimeOn Site

Provides legal advice and representation on property law and water law matters. Assists in drafting and reviewing contracts and agreements, specifications, and other legal documents between SCDOT and outside entities. With a high degree of independence and limited supervision, handles tort claims against SCDOT - Administers damage claims/tort lawsuits against SCDOT, including, but not limited to: establishing procedures and policies for handling claims and tort lawsuits in coordination with IRF; maintaining files on each claim and IRF lawsuit; assigning cases/claims to in-house investigators for field investigation; submitting damage claims/lawsuits to IRF for defense and investigation; corresponding with and assisting assigned IRF attorneys as needed; obtaining final reports from attorneys when case is ended; communicating suggested improvements to engineering staff to avoid future claims; upon investigations, unless IRF has authority to settle claims; ensuring payment to claimants on approved claims; dealing with public and in-house staff regarding claims and IRF lawsuits; reporting regularly to management in regard to volume and disposition of claims and tort lawsuits. Assists in handling claims against the public for damages to SCDOT equipment and property. Represents SCDOT in toll collection matters and other toll related matters, including, but not limited to, prosecution of violators in Magistrate Court. Provides legal advice and counsel to Department officials and staff through the preparation of legal memoranda, attendance at meetings, and preparation of correspondence. Prepares and presents cases and defends the Department at trial and appellate levels in State and Federal Courts and before Administrative Tribunals In administrative matters. Drafts and interprets legislation for the SCDOT. Converses with and responds to the public about questions posed to or complaints made against the Department. Performs other related job duties, as required.

A juris doctor degree or its equivalent from an accredited law school and three (3) years of experience as a practicing attorney. Necessary Special Requirement: Must be a member of the South Carolina Bar. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is committed to a diverse workforce and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

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