Arizona Office of the Attorney General

Phoenix, AZ, United States

Unit Chief Counsel

Posted 23 days ago · Full time · $110,000.00 - $125,000.00 Annually

Job Description

Unit Chief Counsel (attorney) position to provide legal representation to the Arizona Department of Corrections and its employees in matters in which the Risk Management Division of ADOA provides coverage. The representation includes advice and complex civil litigation, primarily in federal court. In addition to providing legal services, the Unit Chief also serves as the team leader and mentor. Unit Chief must have a Juris Doctorate and be licensed to practice law in Arizona.

Job Duties

• Provide legal representation to the Arizona Department of Corrections and its employees in matters in which the Risk Management Division of ADOA provides coverage. This representation includes advice and complex litigation, primarily in federal court. 

• Prepare legal documents, memoranda and correspondence efficiently.

• Investigate; interview clients; review documents and evidence; conduct legal research; prepare pleadings, motions, responses and all other documents filed in court; conduct discovery; review and analyze cases for trial; appear in court; report analysis of cases to clients and Risk Management. 

• Supervise support staff. 


The Attorney General's Office offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

• Sick leave

• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

• Health and dental insurance

• Retirement plan

• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.


Knowledge Required

• Knowledge and understanding of applicable statutes, case law and court rules

• Knowledge in civil litigation, including pretrial and trial practice

• Knowledge of legal techniques and the basic concepts of American Jurisprudence and of the formats utilized in the preparation of legal documents

• Knowledge of the practical factors that impact litigation decisions and goals, including plaintiff responses, opposing counsel strategies and judicial perspectives, and victim/witness considerations

• Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through lengthy and varied experience in legal practice, especially in complex litigation

• Knowledge of ethical standards applicable to lawyers and public employees

 Skills Required

• Skill in persuasive oral and written communication pertaining to case presentation through various stages of representation, including litigation through trial and appeal if required

• Skills in legal and factual issue analysis, legal research, legal writing, oral presentation, and negotiation.

 Abilities Required

• Ability to identify issues, analyze and articulate legal arguments, assess evidence and communicate it to the client.

• Ability to manage a significant volume of high exposure cases.

• Ability to appropriately apply professional ethical rules in daily practice.

• Ability to exercise good judgment in making strategic decisions in cases and in providing legal advice to clients.

 Preferred Experience

• Extensive civil litigation experience, including pretrial and trial practice involving complex cases.

 Pre-Employment Requirements

• Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.

• Admission to, and good standing with, the Arizona State Bar is required (include on resume the date(s) of admission in Arizona and any other states). Candidate must have an active Arizona State Bar license.

• Attorney applicants are required to submit a writing sample with their resume/application profile. The writing sample should contain an analysis of some substantive legal issue and provide insight concerning your ability to think and to explain and advocate for a particular position.

• All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.

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