The Utah Attorney General’s Office has an immediate opening for an attorney to provide full time representation to the Utah State Tax Commission. The attorney will handle tax disputes relating to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products. The attorney is also responsible for a broad range of regulatory activities related to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. In addition to tobacco-related duties, the position will include other assignments.
The successful candidate will provide all types of legal services, including: appearances in federal, state, and administrative proceedings; interpreting and applying civil and administrative laws related to tobacco taxation, or other matters; attend meetings with opposing counsel; participate in national tobacco meetings, and other duties as assigned.
Applicants must possess excellent written, oral advocacy, and case management skills. The applicant must also have experience and the ability to immediately assist clients and build a rapport with the client agencies they represent. A background in tax, finance, accounting, bankruptcy, or economics is helpful, but not required.
Membership or the ability to become licensed immediately with the Utah State Bar is required. Applicants must be in good standing with any state bar in which they are licensed. A background check is required.
Example of Duties
- Prepares cases by conducting legal research and gathering evidence.
- Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate advice, and/or facilitates decisions.
- Determine needs in discovery, and/or completes discovery; participates in decision making and strategy sessions in preparing cases for court and determining evidence to be used.
- Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents and/or other written materials.
- Receives, researches and responds to incoming questions or complaints; provides information, explains policy and procedures, and/or facilitates a resolution.
- Represents the state or the employing agency in lawsuits, grievances, and complaints.
- Drafts litigation working documents; prepares documents consisting of concise decisions based upon facts of case interpretations of law and compliance with state and federal standards.
- Conduct conferences with defendants and/or attorneys and negotiate settlements.
- Represents clients at formal or informal hearings.
- May be required to travel to various locations and stay overnight.
(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)
- agency and/or organizational program(s)
- communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
- read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures
- speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
- legal processes and procedures
- applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures
- civil and criminal justice laws
- understand and apply case and statutory law
- evaluate information against a set of standards
- use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
- laws, legal codes, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, the democratic political process, and legislative history
- perform legal research using case law and appropriate techniques
- laws governing access to public and private records (Government Records Access and Management Act)
- make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
- deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
- provide consultation and/or expert advice or testimony
- rules of evidence
- interpret and apply legal decisions and identify current and emerging trends in interpretation
- Fair Labor Standards Act and related employment legislation
- principles, theories, and practices of judicial or administrative law