Chief Attorney – Torts

  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
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Website Chicago Transit Authority

Job Title                Chief Attorney – Torts

Location                Chicago, IL, US

Job Type               Full – Time Permanent

Position Summary                            

SALARY TARGET IS $102,398.08 . Final salary will be determined in part by the qualifications of the selected candidate and may be higher or lower than target.

Under direction, performs senior level professional legal work with “first chair” responsibilities related to personal injury matters involving the Authority, with a particular emphasis on significant personal injury litigation.  Represents the Authority in litigating own case load of significant personal injury cases and provides advice to more junior attorneys regarding legal strategy.

Primary duties and Responsibilities                            

Acts as lead attorney for Authority in handling own docket of personal injury cases through all phases of litigation.

Appears frequently in court for hearings, arbitration, and trials.

Performs all phases of discovery including written discovery, takes and defends depositions, prepares and deposes witnesses and expert witnesses, collects legal and medical research, and drafts pleadings and motions for caseload that consists primarily of significant personal injury matters (e.g., Law Division and federal court cases).

Serves as first chair for any personal injury lawsuit involving the CTA.

Acts as mentor and oversees activities of junior attorneys, paralegals, and other legal support staff.

Supervises junior attorneys acting in a second chair capacity on large litigation.  Chief attorneys fill the leadership role in these assignments, serving as lead counsel for the CTA.

Provides mentoring and other skill-development services for more junior attorneys and staff.

Manages work of paralegals and other support staff assigned to his/her projects.

Provides legal advice and consultation on personal injury matters throughout the Authority to clients and staff.

Performs related duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited school of law and license to practice law in the State of Illinois and Federal courts, plus seven (7) years of experience as a practicing attorney, of which three (3) years of Tort experience and/or experience in state and federal court, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required to maintain appropriate continuing legal education credits.

Experience with public sector procurement laws preferred.