Tampa, Florida

Posted Date

May 23, 2024

Contact Information

Ana Rosas
ana.rosas@myfloridalegal.com

Our Organization and Mission: The Office represents the State of Florida in state and federal civil and criminal courts, from trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Pay: $89,250 Annually

Position Summary: This position is on the Price Gouging Team in the Consumer Protection Division in Tampa and most responsibilities will be related to Price Gouging. The incumbent will represent the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs, in court and administrative proceedings relating to enforcement of state and federal consumer protection and price gouging laws and regulations, including but not limited to, Chapters 501, 542, 812, 817, 895, and 932 of the Florida Statutes.

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida: Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits.
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year.
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options.
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click www.myfrs.com).
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tuition waivers.
  • And more! For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the position, all applicants must:

Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on the application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained. NOTE: Any required experience and/or preferences listed in the advertisement must be verified at the time of application.

  • Ensure that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.
  • The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.
  • Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.
  • OAG employees are paid biweekly. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113, Fs.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: All OAG positions are “sensitive or special trust” and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

E-VERIFY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General participates in the U.S. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).

PERSONS WITH DISABILITY/ADA STATEMENT: The OAG supports the employment of individuals with disabilities and encourages them to seek employment within our agency. If you need an accommodation because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in order to participate in the application process, please notify the people first service center at 877-562-7287. If you need an accommodation during the selection process, please notify the hiring authority in advance to allow sufficient time to provide an accommodation.

REMINDERS: Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website at: https: //www.sss.gov. If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. If you return to FRS employment before satisfying the required waiting period, your retirement may be voided, and you may have to repay all benefits you have received, including any Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) payout.

 

Responsibilities

The Work You Will Do: The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Review and evaluate consumer complaints to determine if a potential violation of Florida price gouging law exists.
  • Contact businesses to evaluate allegations of price gouging, assist with possible resolution of the complaint, draft preservation letters and/or investigative subpoenas, interview witnesses and gather evidence, including during a declared state of emergency.
  • Obtain and analyze documents to determine whether a price is unconscionable.
  • Assist in ensuring that price gouging complaints are timely investigated. This will require working extended hours, including weekends, and may require working on holidays during a declared State of Emergency. This may also involve travelling to other affected regions to assist with the price gouging investigations.
  • Oversees the investigation of potential violations of Florida’s Price Gouging law, as well as state and federal consumer protection and trade practices law; gathers and evaluates evidence and prepares cases for appropriate legal proceedings;  identifies relevant legal issues for matters being investigated; oversees the gathering of evidence by investigators; reviews reports prepared by law enforcement officers, investigators, accountants, and financial analysts; and evaluates documentary and other evidence necessary to prepare the matter for resolution or appropriate legal proceedings.
  • Conducts litigation of price gouging and consumer protection cases in state and federal courts, including drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda of law and briefs; prepares legal research and evaluates the research of investigators and paralegals; prepares subpoenas, conducts discovery, and engages in other pretrial and trial work.
  • May attend trials, hearings, and appellate oral arguments in court.
  • Negotiates resolutions of litigation cases or investigations and drafts resolution documents such as assurances of voluntary compliance, consent judgments, and mediated resolutions.
  • Responds to correspondence and telephone inquiries concerning price gouging and consumer protection issues.
  • Represents the Department in meetings and conferences relating to price gouging and consumer protection investigations and litigation.
  • Establishes lines of communication with local, state and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors; serves on federal and state task forces and works with those agencies, as needed; initiates contact with and processes information from law enforcement agencies to further consumer protection enforcement.
  • Performs routine administrative functions, including supervising legal secretaries, paralegals, and interns; attends staff meetings; prepares time records and case status reports; files documents, etc.
  • Maintains current expertise in areas of practice, including reading recent judicial decisions and case summaries and attends continuing legal education and other professional seminars.
  • Performs in a timely fashion other assigned duties, which may require extended hours and/or travel outside the worksite.

Qualifications

Qualifications: Admission to the Florida Bar and two years of professional experience in the practice of law, legal research, teaching law or in administrative or judicial hearings. The required legal experience must be from the practice of law in a state or territory of the United States.

Membership in good standing in another state Bar can substitute for the required admission to the Florida Bar provided that, pursuant to Rule 11-1.10 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, the attorney applies for and obtains admission to the Florida Bar within 12 months of appointment to a position in this class.

Preference may be given to attorneys with:

  • 2 or more years of civil litigation experience or prosecutorial experience in cases involving fraud, deceptive trade practices, business regulation, or white-collar crimes.
  • Significant legal research and writing experience or participation on law review or other legal publication.
  • Experience handling cases involving Florida’s Price Gouging Laws or a desire to learn this area of law.