Division of State Counsel
Litigation Bureau, Administrative and Regulatory Services Practice Group – New York City
Assistant Attorney General
Reference No. LIT/ARSPG_NYC_AAG_3570
Application Deadline is May 19, 2023
The Administrative and Regulatory Services Practice Group (ARSPG) of the Litigation Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General (OAG) is seeking experienced litigators to serve in the New York City office.
The Litigation Bureau represents and defends the State of New York and its agencies, officials, and employees in federal and state courts in civil actions and proceedings involving civil rights, education, social services, public employment, public health, law enforcement, corrections, state finance, insurance, taxation, and other litigation matters arising out of state legislation, regulations, and operations. The Bureau’s cases are often high profile, frequently present complex questions of constitutional law and statutory and regulatory interpretation, and generally have significant policy and financial implications for the State. The Bureau, one of the largest within the OAG, offers a diverse and stimulating litigation practice with attorneys handling all phases of litigation from inception through trial. This position provides an excellent opportunity for both experienced and newer attorneys to continue developing their litigation and trial skills.
The ARSPG is comprised of three (3) Sections that primarily represent and defend the following agencies, as well as their officials and employees:
- the State’s commercial and transportation agencies, including New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Department of Financial Services, Department of State, Office of Cannabis Management, Insurance Fund, Gaming Commission, Liquor Authority, Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Thruway Authority;
- the State’s judicial, environmental, and labor agencies, including the Office of Court Administration/Unified Court Systems and its related entities (e.g., the Attorney Disciplinary and Grievance Committees, Board of Law Examiners, and Commission on Judicial Conduct), Department of Civil Service, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Labor, Division of Homes and Community Renewal, Division of Human Rights, Hudson River Park Trust, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Workers Compensation Board; and
- the State’s educational agencies, including the State Education Department, Board of Regents, City University of New York, State University of New York, Higher Education Services Corporation, and Teachers’ Retirement System.
ARSPG attorneys handle a wide variety of federal and state court civil actions on behalf of these clients involving constitutional, civil rights, employment discrimination, rent stabilization, taxation, finance, insurance law, education law, and regulatory and administrative law issues. ARSPG attorneys also work on a number of class actions and complex litigations concerning challenges to important governmental programs in these areas.
Attorneys are assigned to a Section within the ARSPG, and each Section is led by a Section Chief and a Deputy Section Chief. This structure affords ARSPG attorneys significant access to and support from supervising attorneys, as well as opportunities for collaboration with peer attorneys, all while independently defending complex cases in federal and state court. In addition, ARSPG attorneys at all levels of seniority participate in all phases of litigation from inception to trial and frequently appear in court. This role offers a unique balance of both independent and collaborative work, wherein attorneys generally manage their own cases, including development of case strategy and drafting briefs and making arguments, while at the same time being supported by a team of litigators that prioritizes cooperation, professional development and teamwork.
Suitable candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:
- At least three (3) years of post-graduate civil litigation experience in federal and New York state courts;
- Excellent legal analysis, legal writing and editing, and oral advocacy skills;
- Strong organizational, interpersonal communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills;
- Comfort with and proficiency using technology to complete legal work, including knowledge of and experience with various computer software programs and case management and electronic discovery platforms; and
- Prior complex litigation and trial experience are preferred, but not required.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. Prior admission to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York is preferred. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that OAG attorneys be citizens of the United States. A two year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.
As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State through a wide variety of occupations. To learn more about Assistant Attorney General compensation, please click here. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. Additionally, the OAG offers a robust Workplace Flexibilities Program with multiple options for employees, including telecommuting (up to two days per week) and alternative work schedules.
Per OAG policy, confirmation of full vaccination status is a condition of employment for this position. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results at a frequency determined by the agency. The agency will consider religious and reasonable accommodations. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are being received online. To apply, please visit our careers website: www.ag.ny.gov/job-postings
To ensure consideration, applications must be received by close of business on May 19, 2023.
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
- Cover Letter
- You may address to Legal Recruitment.
- Indicate the position title and reference code LIT/ARSPG_NYC_AAG_3570.
- Indicate why are interested in this position and what makes you the best candidate.
- Writing Samples
- Please provide at least two writing samples (trial court memoranda of law are preferred) that you believe best demonstrate your legal writing and analytical abilities.
- Please upload these as one document in the field that is provided.
- List of three (3) references
- Only submit professional references, supervisory references are preferred.
- Indicate the nature and duration of your relationship to each reference.
- Include contact information and email addresses for each reference.
- Please note, your references will not be contacted until after you interview for the position.
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment via email at email@example.com or phone at 212-416-8080.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: ag.ny.gov