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Attorney- Government Advice and Elected Officials Group

Maricopa County
Posted May 09
Full Time
Phoenix, Arizona

Posting Date


Application Deadline

Open Until Filled

Pay Range

$77,500.00 - $148.500.00 annually

Salary offers are based on the candidate's equivalent experience and internal equity with other employees within the same job classification. The position is not eligible for overtime compensation for all hours worked over 40 in the designated workweek.

Job Type



County Attorney

About The Position

The Civil Counsel attorney works within the Civil Services Division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Government Advice, and Elected Officials Group. The Government Advice and Elected Officials Practice Group provides legal advice and representation to County officers, including the Board of Supervisors, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, Recorder, Treasurer, School Superintendent, and County Attorney, among many others. This Practice Group also provides legal advice to many Departments in County government that report to the County Manager, including Office of Management and Budget, Justice Courts, Public Health, Public Fiduciary, Medical Examiner, Animal Care and Control, Materials Management, and Facilities Management. Advice and representation related to other social and human services functions include matters ranging from public records requests, open meeting laws, intergovernmental agreements, government contracts, procurement law, and general statutory duties and authority. In this role, you will also focus on litigation and advisory work representing Maricopa County, its agencies, and employees in State and Federal Courts. You will collaborate with other attorneys and paralegals in and out of the office, as well as with clients, in drafting motions, reports, and other documents, as well as negotiating and working with opposing counsel and others to assist in achieving compliance.

About The Office Of County Attorney

The Civil Services Division of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office serves as a full-service law firm that provides legal representation and advice to the County government, its various elected officials and agencies, as well as the dedicated employees of Maricopa County. We handle matters such as tax appeals by County taxpayers, environmental enforcement cases, public records requests, and we defend legal actions, lawsuits, and claims brought against the County. Our division has four practice groups, such as Government Advice/Elected Officials, Human Resources/Tax/Behavioral Health, and Litigation.

If you would like to utilize your talents and skills to stand up for Maricopa County, apply today, and join our team!

Proud to Offer

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employer
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRHP) for attorney’s
  • Opportunities for growth and development within Maricopa County
  • Exceptional work-life balance with teleworking options
  • Low-cost, high-value healthcare for you and your qualifying dependents
  • Enrollment in Arizona State Retirement System
  • Paid vacation, sick, and parental (birth/adoption) leaves
  • Maricopa County participates in the Arizona State Retirement System. This defined retirement benefit requires a 12.29% monthly contribution rate and includes a 100% employer match on Day 1
  • Extensive wellness program with $60 monthly medical premium discounts
  • Employee discounts for goods and services
  • Learn more at Work With Us | Maricopa County, AZ

We Require

  • Recent writing sample
  • Juris Doctorate (Professional) degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • At least two years of experience in civil practice, which includes providing advice to government agencies
  • Successful candidates must be admitted to practice law and be in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona at the time of application
  • Valid Arizona driver’s license upon hire

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office requires a thorough background check of all successful candidates and is authorized to test prospective employees for the presence of illegally accessed drugs. Drug testing is conducted once an offer has been extended and before placement.

We Also Value

  • Experience practicing law in a government setting
  • Exceptional research and writing skills
  • Experience handling direct civil trial in the federal and state court
  • Experience in state and federal appellate courts
  • Experience in training and development, providing legal advice to police agencies, and statistical analysis

Job Contributions

  • Perform complex legal work and analysis as it pertains to advice and litigation issues
  • Conduct research and analyze legal issues using both computerized legal research and hard copy tools
  • Handle a broad spectrum of civil claims as assigned by the Practice Group Leader, including advising government agencies
  • Assist the Civil Division with appeals work, including writing and editing appellate court briefs, defending clients at oral argument when scheduled, and helping other attorneys in the office by preparing appeals and arguments
  • Draft various documents, including reports and updates, motions, memorandums, and various other court documents
  • Attend court to present and defend the client at status conferences, oral arguments on motions, in evidentiary hearings, and other hearings as set by the court
  • Provide risk analyses and status reports to the Practice Group Leader and, where appropriate, to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and clients on all cases and matters assigned
  • Assist with supervising and mentoring
  • Responsible for compliance with the continuing legal education requirements and other requirements imposed by the State Bar of Arizona

Working Conditions

  • Teleworking is available after a probationary period at the discretion of management and the needs of the office
  • Office and courtroom settings
  • Ability to travel to and from various county locations for court appearances, meetings, and training, utilizing personal or county-owned vehicles
  • Ability to move up to 20 pounds

Selection Procedure

  • Only the most qualified candidates will be considered
  • Consideration will only be given to candidates who submit online applications
  • Candidates will be contacted primarily through email and their Workday online application profile
  • Must pass a pre-employment background and/or fingerprint investigation as required by statute or policy, including drug and alcohol testing requirements for positions designated as safety-sensitive

Maricopa County is an equal opportunity employer.

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