This is a Senior Assistant Attorney General position which will assist and advise attorneys in trial, pleading, practice and procedures and will be responsible for mentoring and assisting with training of newer attorneys. This position will also assist bureau management by providing back up for manager coverage to ensure the smooth day to day running of the West Palm Beach office. This position will be a Lead for Complex Litigation cases in South Florida. This position will be assigned as lead attorney for complex litigation cases, or will serve as co-counsel, and will provide guidance to attorneys and advise on litigation strategy. This position will also assist with drafting and reviewing pleadings to allow for greater efficiency and to ensure well written and comprehensive documents are filed in our litigation cases.
This position represents the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs, in trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals in proceedings relating to Chapters 501, 542, 812, 817, 895, and 932 of the Florida Statutes, the Florida Administrative Code, and other state and federal laws enforced or relevant to cases filed by the Office of the Attorney General.
The duties of this position may include but are not limited to:
- Participates and oversees investigations of alleged consumer protection violations by individuals and/or corporate entities; reviews reports prepared by law enforcement officers, investigators, accountants, and financial analysts; locates and obtains documentary evidence. Oversees the investigation of potential violations of state and federal consumer protection and trade practices law; gathers and evaluates evidence and prepares cases for appropriate legal proceedings.
- Conducts litigation of consumer protection cases in state and federal courts, including preparing 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. Attends trials, hearings, and appellate oral arguments in court. Computer use is required for the preparation of pleadings, briefs and other documents. Negotiates resolutions of litigation cases or investigations and drafts resolution documents such as assurances of voluntary compliance, consent judgments, and mediated resolutions.
- Participates with other states through the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) by representing the State of Florida in multistate investigations and litigation. Conducts legal research and assists in preparing legislation proposed by the Department.
- Responds to correspondence and telephone inquiries concerning consumer protection issues.
- Represents the Department in meetings and conferences relating to 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. Assists and advises attorneys in trial, pleading, practice, and procedures.
- 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.
Admission to the Florida Bar and six 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 will be given to attorneys with:
- 5 or more years of experience handling civil litigation cases.
- Extensive trial and motions practice experience.
- 2 or more years of experience handling the prosecution or defense of cases involving fraud, deceptive trade practices or white-collar crime cases.