The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence 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  Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior
  • Dignity & Diversity  Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual
  • Innovation & Imagination  Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City’s objectives

Composed of approximately 100 of Houston’s finest attorneys across 11 sections, the Legal Department has the pivotal role of providing litigation support, negotiating and drafting contracts, handling taxation matters, advising on personnel actions, dealing with the acquisition or sale of City property, overseeing City elections, drafting ordinances, advising on ethics and conflicts of interest, and dealing with neighborhood protection and quality of life issues. Every employee is committed to the Department’s motto  “Service Through Law.”

The City of Houston seeks a solutions-focused transactional attorney to join the Legal Department’s Contracts Section. The Contracts Section handles a wide variety of legal issues such as drafting and negotiating public contracts, advising on procurements, and drafting and interpreting local ordinances.

The ideal candidate will be team-oriented and have substantial knowledge regarding Texas procurement laws and best practices in procurement, as well as experience in all aspects of governmental procurement, preferably at the municipal level, including but not limited to: experience advising clients regarding procurement laws and policies applicable to requests for qualifications, requests for proposals, bids, cooperative purchasing, information technology, and alternative delivery of construction.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and negotiating moderately complex contracts.
  • Counseling clients on procurement rules applicable to City, state and federally funded projects.
  • Drafting and training clients on relevant City policies, procedures, and City Code provisions.
  • Assisting the City Attorney and others with special projects, such as drafting City Attorney legal opinions.
  • Working with litigation teams on disputes involving transactions relating to City of Houston contracts.

EDUCATIONAL: Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.

EXPERIENCE: Two years of experience in the practice of general civil law or specialized municipal law are required.

LICENSE: Member of the State Bar of Texas.

Preference will be given to applicants that possess:

  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a transactional practice focusing on procurement or contract negotiation matters, preferably in a governmental setting in the State of Texas
  • Exceptional contract negotiation and drafting skills
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Above-average academic performance
  • Willingness to take the initiative to identify and solve business and legal issues
  • Experience working with federal, state and local agencies
  • Proficiency with Office 365 and the use of technology in the practice of law
  • Willingness to work extended hours as needed to accommodate work demands
  • Information technology-related experience such as technology contracts, intellectual property and technology licensing (in and out licensing) and procurement, patents, copyrights, trademarks, data and cyber security, and data breach and notification policy and procedures.

**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.**

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.

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If you need additional application status information, special services or accommodations, call (832) 393-6069. (TTY 7-1-1)

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and may be required to pass a physical examination.

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The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from illegal discrimination or harassment.

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