Applications accepted from: ALL PERSONS
Posting Number: 23629
Reporting Location: 900 BAGBY
Workdays & Hours: MONDAY  FRIDAY 8:00 AM  5:00 PM* *Subject to Change

The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Houston (the OCA) provides municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees while adhering to the following guiding principles:

  • Quality & Service  Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients.
  • Partnership & Teamwork  Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the Citys goals.
  • Integrity & Candor  Placing honesty and ethical behavior first.
  • Dignity & Diversity  Promoting each persons value.
  • Innovation & Imagination  Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the Citys objectives.

Composed of approximately 100 of Houstons finest attorneys working in 11 legal practice sections, the OCA handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, and a diverse array of human resources, labor and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, constitutional, election matters, ethics and quality of life matters, and preparing City ordinances governing Houston and its citizens.

Every member of the OCA must be committed to Service Through Law.

The City of Houston seeks applicants for Assistant City Attorney positions in the Claims and Subrogation section of the OCA. The applicant should be an experienced practitioner within the Sections disciplines, with at least 2 years of relevant experience.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating claims filed pursuant to the Texas Tort Claims Act and making settlement recommendations.
  • Evaluating case value and making settlement recommendations.
  • Evaluating and collecting subrogation damages to City of Houston Property.
  • Handling all aspects of litigation in state court including attending required court settings conducting case trials, motion hearings, depositions, and mediations.
  • Drafting court papers, motions and briefs.
  • Identifying experts and assisting in the development of expert testimony.
  • Counseling the client departments, and training city employees on the enforcement or meaning of city ordinances and policies.
  • Drafting, reviewing or revising city policies.
  • Evaluating commercial insurance policies.
  • Managing case budgets.
  • Managing, consulting and working with outside counsel.
  • Conducting legal research.
  • Special projects assigned by management.
  • Drafting, reviewing or revising city policies.
  • Evaluating and collecting subrogation damages to City of Houston Property.
  • Managing case budgets.
  • Conducting legal research.
  • Special projects assigned by management.

This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.

Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.

Two years of experience in the practice of general civil law, specialized in municipal law or comparable legal experience are required.

Member of the Texas State Bar
**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**

Preferences shall also be given to those with the following:

  • Excellent oral advocacy skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience with Texas Tort Claims Act.
  • Experience working with state or local governmental entities.
  • General understanding of state and local rules relating to litigation and appeals.
  • Must be willing to work extended hours as needed to accommodate case load demands.
  • General understanding of state and local rules relating to litigation and appeals.
  • Proficiency with the Office 365 suite of programs, including Word, Outlook, Excel and Teams.
  • Above average academic and professional achievement

Department may administer skills assessment test

If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidates qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http: agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call (832/393-0204).

If you need special services or accommodations, call (832/393-0204). (TTY 7-1-1)
If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy

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