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

Assistant City Attorney - General Counsel Division

Job Description

Seeking a detail-oriented, self-motivated attorney licensed in Texas having five to 10 years relevant municipal experience to fill a full-time position in the General Counsel Division of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. An applicant must possess excellent legal research, analytical, writing, proofing, and editing skills. Primary duties include drafting a variety of ordinances and resolutions for adoption by the Dallas City Council and advising city staff on matters relating to city ordinances. Other duties include preparing documents and giving advice relating to city elections, the city budget, the city charter, the city council rules of procedure, and the city’s ethics code.

Job Requirements

Seeking a detail-oriented, self-motivated attorney licensed in Texas having five to 10 years relevant municipal experience.

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.

Please send resume, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages, a brief description of the applicant’s role and experience in advisory and transactional contexts, and professional references to:

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

No phone calls please

General Litigation Attorney:

Seeking energetic, self-motivating civil litigator with zero to three years relevant experience to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the General 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 defense of contract and civil rights claims, and litigation involving environmental law, First Amendment and other civil rights issues, financial disputes, intellectual property controversies, public utility regulation, ordinance enforcement, federal administrative and court regulatory disputes, and eminent domain, zoning, and other land use cases. In addition to defense work, 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, utility tariffs or franchises, tort, statutes, and other legal theories.  In addition, the attorney could be assigned to handle responses to discovery in civil and criminal cases to which the City is not a party. While the subject-matter of case assignments is unlimited, prior litigation experience in one or more of the above-listed areas would be a plus.

These subjects do not fully encompass the potential for a challenging and varied practice that this position would provide. 
The General Litigation Section believes in training beginning lawyers by teaming them with seasoned litigators for hands-on experience.  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

No telephone inquiries, please.

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

Assistant City Attorney - Community Prosecution Section

Seeking energetic, highly-organized attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 2 years legal experience to fill a full-time Community Prosecutor position. A community prosecutor is a neighborhood-based attorney who works in an assigned police division and partners with code compliance officers, law enforcement officials, community stakeholders, and public and private organizations to proactively improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Duties include: Work with an assigned code officer to develop innovative, proactive strategies for abating Dallas City Code violations at nuisance properties. Partner with law enforcement, city departments and neighborhood organizations to prevent Part I, Part II and quality of life crime in the assigned police division. File civil lawsuits against noncompliant property owners who fail to maintain minimum housing standards, comply with land use regulations or take reasonable measures to abate crime. Prosecute Class C misdemeanor offenses in municipal and community court and partner with county and federal prosecutors to prosecute higher level offenses. Lead and/or participate in neighborhood association/crime watch meetings and develop replicable initiatives that improve neighborhood quality of life.

Applicant must possess knowledge of civil litigation as well as criminal law and procedure. Strong legal research skills are a plus. Serious applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, display good judgment and be strategic problem-solvers. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a one page narrative describing your leadership and public service experience to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201

No phone inquiries.

Other Positions

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 Attorneys 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. Some 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.


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
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

Please email resume to: tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
Tamera Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201

No phone inquiries.

Legal Secretary/General Counsel

Provides secretarial support to several Assistant City Attorneys in the preparation of legal documents and performs other secretarial duties to facilitate office operations.

Essential Functions:

Operates computer to prepare a variety of legal papers including contracts, ordinances, briefs, letters, and memos to produce official documents from handwritten or recorded source material.

Maintains calendar for attorneys, scheduling appointments and conferences in reference to court appearance dates, expectant witnesses, and meetings to ensure smooth progression of daily schedules.

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

Establishes and maintains complex, cross-reference file of cases, projects, settled lawsuits, claims, and other work assigned to attorneys to maintain availability of documents in an orderly fashion.

Composes routine, standardized correspondence to reply to general inquiries.

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

Determines priority of tasks to ensure assignments are completed as required.

Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required to Perform Work

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 use office machines such as typewriter, 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.

E filing and filing for Open Records experience a plus

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. Applicants may be asked to take a practical test creating a legal document in Word.

The City of Dallas is an equal opportunity employer. Information about Dallas City Attorney’s Office is online at www.dallascityattorney.org. Information about City of Dallas employee benefits is online at http://dallascityhall.com/human_resourc…/benefits/index.html.

If interested in the position, please email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com or mail it to:
Tamera Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
No telephone calls please.

Legal Secretary

Job Description

Assist lawyers and legal assistants in the development, organization, conduct, and appeal of lawsuits, including pre-litigation matters, claims, and other City-business/projects. Creating/maintaining/closing files Organization of electronic/physical files. Preparing and distributing correspondence and litigation documents. Typing, writing, editing, grammar, spelling, Light dictation and transcription. Electronic messaging and calendaring Filing (both electronically and physically). Basic office machines (copier, fax, GBC, scanner). Phone etiquette. Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:

Required Experience:
General proficiency in Microsoft Word styles management, customization, and consistency.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word marking, formatting, and customizing multi-layered Table of Contents.

Sufficient understanding of brief formatting to ensure that required sections, including the style, address to court, facts, statement of proceedings, conclusion, certificate of service using e-filing (ECF) references are included in appropriate format.

Sufficient understanding of Blue Book legal citation format and Green Book (Texas specialized) legal citation format to recognize citations for later Table of Authorities generation, and to determine which Table of Authorities level/topic to use in marking each citation in the brief.

Sufficient understanding of Blue Book legal citation format and Green Book (Texas specialized) legal citation format to use the different appropriate format references for narrative text and for citation, and to compose long form case citation code that preserves title, volume, reporter, start page, court name, and year, but that deletes pin cite (jump cite) for Table of Authorities generation.

Sufficient understanding of Blue Book legal citation format and Green Book (Texas specialized) legal citation format to compose recognizable unique short-form Table of Authorities code marks for recurring citations.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word for general marking, formatting, and customizing.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word section, footer, and pagination skills to create separate sections for cover page, Table of Contents, Table of Authorities and substantive Brief, with one set of page numbers in footers for preliminary sections and second set in footers starting from page 1 applying only to substantive brief.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word styles, outlines, and numbering sufficient to work with customized header numbers and formats for different sections and subsections down to level four or five as needed.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word with customizing the autocorrect function for repetitive acronyms and phrases, and using autocorrect or hotkey for recurring symbols such as: "§" and "¶¶".

Proficiency in Microsoft Word sufficient to fit brief to required page limits without reducing margins or font sizes.

Proficiency in Indexing Table of Authorities and Document Management.

Experienced legal secretary with litigation practice.

Preferred Experience:
Federal Court PACER and ECF
State Court e-filing
State Appellate Court submission of e-briefs

Experience with sophisticated and busy litigation and appellate practice involving both federal and state courts.

Please email resume to: tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
Tamera Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201