Assistant Attorney General – Licensing & Administrative Law Division – Olympia

  • Full Time
  • Olympia

State of Washington

Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

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The Licensing and Administrative Law Division is seeking an Assistant Attorney General in the Olympia Section to handle litigation and client advice. The Licensing and Administrative Law (LAL) Division is a collegial, collaborative environment providing opportunities for a great variety of legal experiences and individual and professional growth.

LALs work touches the lives of all Washingtonians and focuses on promoting public safety, protecting the economy, and preserving public integrity and trust. The division provides legal advice and litigation services to three large clients: the Department of Licensing (and affiliated regulatory and licensing boards), the Employment Security Department, and the Liquor and Cannabis Board. LAL prosecutes administrative actions against individuals and businesses under the state’s licensing and regulatory laws governing drivers and approximately 45 professions, businesses, and occupations, and handles issues relating to unemployment and paid family and medical leave benefits and taxes, long-term support services, and recreational marijuana and liquor. LAL has played a leading role in Washingtons response to the COVID-19 emergency, particularly as ESD has provided economic support to millions of Washingtonians. LAL also represents multiple boards and commissions, including: the Boards of Accountancy, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Certified Professional Guardianships, Executive Ethics, Consumer Directed Employer Rate Setting, Industrial Insurance Appeals, Pollution Control Hearings, Shorelines Hearings, and Growth Management Hearings; the Lottery, Judicial Conduct, and Interpreter Commissions; and, the Public Records Exemption Accountability (Sunshine) Committee. We strive to consistently exemplify AGO core values: delivering high-quality legal services; conducting ourselves with integrity, professionalism, civility, and transparency; and promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace that values, respects, and supports our employees. We enjoy our work, our colleagues, and our clients.


This position reports to the Olympia Section Chief and offers the opportunity to handle a mix of litigation and advice. The successful candidate will chiefly handle a variety of litigation, including appeals from unemployment benefits decisions, paid family and medical leave administrative litigation, professional licensing regulatory enforcement, and defending original litigation against client agencies and officials involving significant legal and high-profile issues. This position will also have the opportunity to work with and provide advice to a wide range of clients, likely including smaller agencies and units of large agencies. Duties performed include:

  • Managing all aspects of varied litigation;

  • Conducting legal research and drafting motions and briefing;

  • Propounding and answering discovery;

  • Making appearances in courts, and with lesser frequency, before administrative boards and commissions;

  • Developing and maintaining positive client relationships;

  • Providing written and oral options-based legal advice on a range of issues; and

  • Attending meetings with agency staff, managers, and external stakeholders.


The attorney will closely collaborate with other attorneys and staff. Our practice is dynamic, interesting, challenging, and rewarding. LAL is comprised of 18 attorneys and 13 professional staff that are located in the Olympia and Seattle sections. The Olympia LAL section houses ten attorneys and eight professional staff. This full-time position is located in Olympia, and involves occasional travel, depending on hearing and meeting locations. In light of concerns related to COVID and the Governor’s mandate, it is expected that the person hired will immediately and for the foreseeable future perform a significant portion of their work remotely by telecommuting. The Office will provide all necessary equipment and support.

The following competencies are required:

  • Communicator: Strong oral and written communication skills, understanding of ones audience, and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Skilled Practitioner: Experience in or aptitude for litigation at the administrative, state superior or federal district court, or appellate level; and, demonstrated ability to provide high-quality options-based risk assessment and client advice;
  • Problem-Solver: Skill in identifying and resolving problems, including excellent research and analytical skills and ability to exercise appropriate judgmentpaying attention to detail while aware of big picture perspective and the need for inclusion of others affected by decisions;
  • Self-Starter: Ability to multitask and prioritize workload, stay organized, work independently, meet tight deadlines, and provide timely client services; and,
  • Professional: Demonstrated ability to maintain productive working relationships, to meet administrative responsibilities, and to work collaboratively with team members to promote a positive work environment that recognizes and respects all employees.

Litigation experience and experience with LALs caseload or administrative law, while a plus, is not a requirement.

Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA’s Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant’s background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.

This Assistant Attorney General position is represented by the Association of Washington Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG) / Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO. AAG salaries start at $69,396. Ultimately, AAG salaries are set in accordance with the AWAAG CBA. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued. The health, safety and professional satisfaction of all AGO staff and volunteers is critical to fulfilling the mission of the AGO to provide exceptional legal services. Complementing and fostering this goal, as well as a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, is evidenced in the AGO’s environmental policies.

Interested applicants must apply by hitting the “apply” button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system, preferably as PDFs:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (unofficial); and
  • Writing sample.

If you have questions about this position and/or want to learn more about it before applying, we welcome and encourage you to contact Division Chief Eric Peterson at EricD.Petersonatg.wa.gov or 206-389-2799. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2021.

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Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

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