Dallas City Attorney

The Dallas City Attorney's Office regularly seeks outstanding legal secretaries, legal assistants, other support staff, and licensed attorneys for its exciting and challenging law practice. The following opportunities are available at this moment:

Licensed Attorney Positions

Real Estate Litigation Attorney

Seeking energetic, self-motivating civil litigator with three to five years’ relevant experience to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the Real Estate Litigation Section.  Applicants should have interest in developing expertise in federal and Texas state court civil litigation, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and be willing to work hard as an important member of a team of outstanding lawyers and support staff.  The attorney must have a license to practice law in Texas, be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas, and be of good character. 

Practice will be diverse, including lease disputes, disputes involving title, easements, and other property interests, eminent domain, environmental issues, historic preservation, and land use and zoning issues.  The successful applicant could be assigned to review and adjudicate administrative claims against the City, and to work on affirmative litigation cases including claims based on contracts, statutes, and other legal theories.  In addition, the attorney could be assigned to handle responses to discovery in civil cases to which the City is not a party and to assist other litigation sections. 

These subjects do not fully encompass the potential for a challenging and varied practice that this position would provide. 

This is an excellent opportunity to join a premier government legal office that frequently handles cases of state-wide and national import, without the pressure of billing long hours.  The attorney would be an important and valued member of a collegial team of experienced and dedicated litigators who proudly serve the public interest.  You will fit in with our team if you are bright, hard-working, imaginative, and ethical.

Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office practice and people are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.  The position comes with standard city benefits but is exempt from civil service protections.  Consent to and passing a background check will be a condition of employment.  The position will remain open until filled.

The City of Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please submit resume, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of applicant’s contribution to the sample, and three references, to:


Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
No telephone inquiries, please.


Civil Litigator for Community Prosecution Section

Seeking energetic, self-motivated attorney with a minimum of 4 years of civil litigation experience in Texas state and/or federal court to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the Community Prosecution Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. The Community Prosecution Section is a multi-departmental team comprised of attorneys, code officers, fire prevention officers and law enforcement personnel who work to improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Practice will be diverse and will focus on enforcing City ordinances and laws, including but not limited to minimum housing standards, zoning, environmental, sexually oriented business, massage establishment, and/or criminal nuisance laws. The attorney will have an immediate opportunity to first-chair state district court cases and possibly federal cases. The attorney will be conducting discovery, appearing in court, and trying and mediating cases.  Duties will also include working with transactional attorneys and other city departments on the implementation and enforcement of ordinances and assisting in formulating policies and strategies to improve the quality of life in the City of Dallas. Applicant must possess a collaborative, problem-solving mindset.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  The City's comprehensive benefits package comes with the position.  This position is exempt from the provisions applicable to civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, Section 9 of the Dallas City Charter.  Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney's Office are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

If interested, please send a resume, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of the applicant's contribution to the sample, a brief description of the applicant's role in three lawsuits, and three references, to:

Tamera Tignor
Legal Office Manager
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla Street, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No telephone inquiries please.


Benefits Attorney

The General Counsel Division of the Dallas City Attorney's Office seeks an energetic, self-motivated attorney licensed in Texas, in good standing with the Texas Bar, and possessing a minimum of 5 years relevant experience to fill a full-time position in the Division's Government Services Section.

The General Counsel Division is responsible for the preparation of all city contracts, ordinances, and real estate transaction documents; provides legal advice and counsel on a variety of matters, including aviation and transportation, bond and finance, elections, employee benefits and retirement, federal and state grant programs, economic development projects, housing and community developments, public utilities and water law issues, procurements and contract claims, open meetings, open records, zoning and land use, and environmental law issue; and advises and counsels city officials, city management, the city secretary and other various departments of the City of Dallas. The position does not involve litigation, although the successful applicant will occasionally work with and advise litigators on matters.

The preferred candidate must have extensive experience with employee / employer benefits law, including public retirement plans; pension fund issues; medical and health benefit plans; HIPAA; and other compensation, medical, and benefits issues. Experience with government procurement and municipal finance would also be a plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The City's comprehensive benefits package comes with the position. This attorney position is a position with the City Attorney's Office, and, as such, is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI,§ 9 of the Dallas City Charter. Information concerning the Dallas City Attorney's Office is available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

Interested applicants must send (i) a resume, (ii) a writing sample of not more than ten pages, and (iii) three professional references to:

Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Or
Tamera.tignor@dallacityhall.com (preferred method)
Please, no phone inquiries.


Assistant City Attorney - Prosecution Section


The Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking energetic attorneys for its municipal prosecution section.  Each applicant must have an interest in criminal prosecution, be a self-starter, hardworking, prompt, organized, and possess the ability to manage a fast paced court docket each day.


Duties include prosecuting city ordinance offenses, Texas Transportation Code offenses and Texas Penal Code Class “C” misdemeanor offenses in Dallas Municipal Court.  Duties also include court preparation, researching relevant case law, arguing, filing and responding to motions filed with the court and occasional minor appellate work.


Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and have at least one year of experience as a practicing attorney.  Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Salary is $57,435 plus benefits.  The position will remain open until filled.


Send resume to:
Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries, please


Real Estate Litigation Attorney

 

Seeking energetic, self-motivating civil litigator with three to five years’ relevant experience to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the Real Estate Litigation Section.  Applicants should have interest in developing expertise in federal and Texas state court civil litigation, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and be willing to work hard as an important member of a team of outstanding lawyers and support staff.  The attorney must have a license to practice law in Texas, be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas, and be of good character. 
Practice will be diverse, including lease disputes, disputes involving title, easements, and other property interests, eminent domain, environmental issues, historic preservation, and land use and zoning issues.  The successful applicant could be assigned to review and adjudicate administrative claims against the City, and to work on affirmative litigation cases including claims based on contracts, statutes, and other legal theories.  In addition, the attorney could be assigned to handle responses to discovery in civil cases to which the City is not a party and to assist other litigation sections. 
These subjects do not fully encompass the potential for a challenging and varied practice that this position would provide. 
This is an excellent opportunity to join a premier government legal office that frequently handles cases of state-wide and national import, without the pressure of billing long hours.  The attorney would be an important and valued member of a collegial team of experienced and dedicated litigators who proudly serve the public interest.  You will fit in with our team if you are bright, hard-working, imaginative, and ethical.
Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office practice and people are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.  The position comes with standard city benefits but is exempt from civil service protections.  Consent to and passing a background check will be a condition of employment.  The position will remain open until filled.
The City of Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please submit resume, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of applicant’s contribution to the sample, and three references, to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No telephone inquiries, please.


Other Positions

Legal Secretary/General Counsel

Position Purpose
Provides administrative support to the General Counsel Division Assistant City Attorneys in the records maintenance of electronic files and documents and performs other secretarial duties to facilitate office operations.

Essential Functions
1. Creates electronic files and logs all matters for the General Counsel Division of the City Attorney’s Office using case management software.

2. Establishes and maintains complex, cross-reference files of assignments, projects, and other work assigned to attorneys to maintain availability of documents in an orderly fashion.

3. Applies considerable independent decision making and judgment to identify sources of information, to handle telephone calls, legal procedures and methods to follow to accomplish assigned tasks and projects; determines priority of tasks to ensure assignments are completed as required.

4. Composes routine, standardized correspondence to reply to general inquiries.

5. Schedules meetings for attorneys via Outlook, including scheduling the appropriate meeting room.

6. Communicates with citizens, City departments, and other members of the legal system to provide, receive, and facilitate the transfer of information.

7. Scans, files and makes copies of documents.

8. Prepares a variety of legal papers including letters, and memos to produce official documents from handwritten or recorded source material.

9. Proofreads various documents for typographical errors to ensure accurate, professional quality work.

10. Archives files in accordance with the City’s records management policy.

11. Receives, stamps and distributes incoming mail and processes outgoing mail.

12. Receives, screens and transmits telephone and conference calls.

13. E- Filing of Documents

14. Filing of Open Records

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required to Perform Work
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat Professional.
- Experience using case management software.
- Knowledge of standard office procedures and practices.
- Knowledge of legal terminology and the preparation of legal forms and documents.
- Knowledge of correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally including excellent telephone etiquette.
- Ability to operate office machines such as microcomputer, copier, and fax machine.
- Ability to prepare routine correspondence.
- Ability to perform satisfactorily under pressure.
- Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with all levels of management, city officials, vendors, other government agencies, other employees and the general public.
- Ability to work with a team of paralegals and legal secretaries to complete tasks and assignments.

Working Conditions and Hazards
Normal office working conditions.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Please send your resume to:

Tamera Barton Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500  Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas  75201
Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (preferred method)

No Phone Calls Please


IT Analyst Position - Full Time

The IT Analyst will be responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration/migration, operation, and maintenance of systems software and applications used by the City Attorney’s office. The IT Analyst will participate in technical research to enable continuing innovation within the IT team. They will ensure that operating systems, software, servers and related procedures adhere to organizational values.

Essential Functions

  • Maintain and support Microsoft servers configured to perform the following roles; Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, Print Services, File Sharing services and SQL. The majority of these servers are setup to run under a virtual environment.
  • Provide end-user PC support through best customer service practices.
  • Provides general assistance to users in the operation and understanding of general office computer programs.
  • Performs configuration/ installation and troubleshooting of PC hardware and software, including laptops, desktops, printers.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot Windows based operating systems, MS Office & Outlook products and provide application support to end-users, including the backup, recovery and migration of end-user data.
  • Supports hardware and software testing.
  • Diagnose software and hardware errors and compatibility issues.
  • Provides end-user training and knowledge documentation.
  • Provides desktop support for hub locations and remote offices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of the job.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with all levels of management, city officials, vendors, other government agencies, other employees and the general public.
  • Ordinarily, IT Analysts work 40 hours per week, but occasionally deadlines or computer problems could require evening and weekend work.

Education

  • Technical training in an Information Technology related field plus two years’ experience in a similar role.
  • BS or BA degree in an Information Technology related field is desirable.
  • Microsoft Certifications desirable.

Experience with the following:

  • Microsoft domain and Network administrator
  • Microsoft Active Directory and Group Policies
  • DHCP, DNS and IIS
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft SQL Server and SharePoint
  • VM Ware
  • Deploying client OS and Virtual machines from standard template and images using Microsoft and VM Ware products
  • Experience with LAN and WAN networking technologies
  • Experience with Backup processes and Disaster Recovery plans
  • Experience working in a legal office environment is a plus
Send resume to:
Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
No Phone Calls Please