Division of State Counsel
Litigation Bureau – New York City
Deputy Bureau Chief
Reference No. LIT_NYC_DBC_LEPG_3313
Application Deadline is February 12, 2021
The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking an experienced litigator and manager to serve as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Law Enforcement Practice Group in the New York City Litigation Bureau.
The Bureau represents the State of New York and its agencies and officers 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 have significant policy and financial implications for the State. The Bureau offers a diverse and stimulating litigation practice with attorneys handling all phases of litigation from inception through trial and having frequent opportunities to appear in court.
The Deputy Bureau Chief will assist the Bureau Chief in the management and supervision of the Law Enforcement Practice Group’s extensive federal and state court litigation docket. The Practice Group is comprised of two (2) Sections of attorneys and support staff that principally represent and defend the State’s public safety agencies including, among others, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Board of Parole, Division of State Police, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Division of Military and Naval Affairs, and Office of Victim Services.
The Practice Group’s attorneys and support staff handle a wide variety of cases and substantive issues including constitutional challenges to statutes enforced or regulations promulgated by their client agencies; labor and employment litigation emanating from their client agencies’ role as employers; challenges to administrative decisions and determinations made by their client agencies under state law; and civil rights litigation, such as First Amendment retaliation, Fourth Amendment excessive force or Fourteenth Amendment due process claims, generated from their client agencies’ core functions.
The Deputy Bureau Chief will report to the Bureau Chief, and work closely with the Practice Group’s Section Chiefs and Deputy Section Chiefs in supervising the work of approximately twenty-five (25) attorneys and support staff. The Deputy Bureau Chief’s duties and responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
- Serving as lead attorney on, or otherwise closely supervising, litigation matters that are of heightened importance to the State of New York;
- Reviewing and assigning incoming litigation matters, including emergency applications for judicial relief;
- Drafting and/or editing pleadings, briefs and other court submissions;
- Evaluating and making recommendations on representation and settlement issues; and
- Regularly providing advice, training, and support to the Bureau’s attorneys and support staff.
Suitable candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:
- At least ten (10) years of civil litigation experience in federal and New York state courts, including some trial and/or complex litigation experience;
- At least three (3) years of experience managing attorneys and/or staff;
- Superb legal analysis, legal writing and editing, and oral advocacy skills;
- Outstanding organizational, interpersonal communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills; and
- Excellent technological skills, including knowledge of and experience with various computer software programs and case management and electronic discovery platforms.
Due to the nature of the litigation matters that will be supervised by the Deputy Bureau Chief, preferred candidates should also possess the following additional qualifications:
- Significant prior civil jury trial experience in federal and New York state courts;
- Prior experience litigating, preferably through to trial, Section 1983 civil rights and employment litigation matters;
- Prior experience litigating emergency applications for judicial relief, such as temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, including handling preliminary injunction hearings;
- Prior class action litigation experience, including experience with class certification motions and related issues; and
- Prior experience analyzing and resolving complex conflict of interest, representation and indemnification issues.
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. 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 (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.
OAG employees serve more than 19 million state residents through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State.
Applications are being received via email. To apply, please submit your complete application to email@example.com. Applicants must indicate the position and reference code LIT_NYC_DBC_LEPG_3313 in the cover letter and email subject line.
To ensure consideration, applications must be received by COB on Friday, February 12.
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
- Cover Letter (which may be addressed to the Legal Recruitment Bureau);
- List of three (3) references (with contact information including email addresses); and a
- Writing Sample (a trial court level memorandum of law is preferred).
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay or may preclude the consideration of your application.
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 212-416-8080.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: ag.ny.gov.