Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Posted Date

September 7, 2023

Contact Information

Courtney R Bailey

Section:                         Torts Litigation Section/Civil Law Division

Class:                             Deputy Attorney General I/II

Location:                     Pittsburgh


Telework: This position will report to the headquartered location a minimum of 2 days per week.  You may have the opportunity to telework the remainder of the week, if desired and based on business need.


Position Type:           Full-time, Non-civil service, Non-Union

Work Hours:             8:30 – 5:00     

Salary Range:            DAG I: Pay Range 8 – Starting salary of $61,810

DAG II: Pay Range 9 – Starting salary of $70,709


Basic Function

The Torts Litigation Section is responsible for defending Commonwealth agencies and their employees in personal injury and property damage actions in state courts around the Commonwealth.  Most of these cases involve claims against PennDOT for death or serious bodily injury resulting from the allegedly defective design, construction, or maintenance of state highways.  The employee will report to the Senior Deputy Attorney General in Charge of Torts Litigation in their regional office.  The successful candidate will be responsible for handling all aspects of litigation defense for the cases assigned and will work closely with attorneys and professionals within the Office of Attorney General and the defendant state agencies.  Applicants should possess strong academic credentials, excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in current legal and policy issues, and the organizational skills necessary to manage multiple cases simultaneously.  Work entails the performance of moderate to advanced legal activities of a difficult nature, including putting on cases for trial.  As a Deputy Attorney General I (DAG I) gains experience, they are assigned more difficult tasks with the expectation that the more routine matters will be completed without guidance.  More difficult tasks will continue to be reviewed in progress and upon completion.  As a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) II gains experience, work is performed with more independence.



  • Handles entire litigation of assigned tort actions filed in the Courts of Common Pleas of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties
  • Conducts legal research and prepares/files pleadings, motions, briefs, memoranda, and other legal filings required to defend Commonwealth clients
  • Attends and participates in oral arguments, hearings, and court conferences
  • Examines and analyzes documents in order to determine legal sufficiency and strategy
  • Works closely with state agency clients to review and interpret their regulations and policies to determine defense posture
  • Interviews witnesses and involved parties
  • Travels to accident sites to review and evaluate liability and defense strategy
  • Prepares and responds to discovery requests and attends/conducts depositions
  • Works with liability and damage expert witnesses to secure expert reports and testimony
  • Prepares for, and participates as “first chair counsel” in mediations, arbitrations, bench trials, and jury trials
  • Performs other duties as required


Deputy Attorney General I:

  • Graduation from an accredited school of law and admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania


Deputy Attorney General II:

  • Graduation from an accredited school of law, admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and a minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work
  • Two to six years of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work preferred

Application Process

In order to be considered for this position please apply via our website.