Assistant Corporation Counsel

  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Applications have closed

Website City of Chicago - Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory & Contracts (“AERC”) Division

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DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory & Contracts (“AERC”) Division

Number of Vacancies:  1

The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel (“ACC”) in the AERC Division to represent the City in litigation and regulatory matters.

The litigators in the AERC Division represent the City and City officials in many different City Departments on a broad range of cases and matters in federal and state courts, as well as administrative proceedings and pre-litigation settings, such as arbitrations and mediations.  Division attorneys handle the construction, commercial, and constitutional pre-litigation and litigation matters for O’Hare and Midway International Airports, along with managing any legal issues that arise between the airports and any federal agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration or Transportation Security Administration.  The Division defends the City in multi-million dollar grant de-obligation proceedings brought by federal or state officials who charge the City’s sub-grantees with mismanaging grant funds.  The Division advises the Department of Procurement Services and other City Departments on contracting issues, and the Division handles contract disputes and bid protests before the Chief Procurement Officer.  Division attorneys pursue contractors, under the City’s False Claims Ordinance, who defraud the City by, among other things, misstating the actual level of participation by Minority and/or Women-Owned Businesses, and pharmaceutical companies who engage in off-label marketing and anticompetitive practices that illegally raise the cost for City employees’ prescription drugs.  When software companies engage in predatory audits of City Client Departments’ use of their software, Division attorneys fight their attempts to exact additional unwarranted payments.  Because the AERC Division also handles highly specialized areas, including environmental, public utilities, and telecommunications, attorneys have the opportunity to assist, or even develop full-on expertise, in these areas, if so desired.

The ACC will work on a broad range of issues under the general supervision of the Division Deputy, Chief ACCs, and ACC Supervisors.  Junior attorneys are encouraged to take the initiative to get hands-on experience and direct client contact, and we cherish the willingness and ability of our attorneys to take ownership of issues and problem-solve for our clients.  Because the Division handles such a wide variety of matters, along with many unique and novel issues that land only with the AERC Division, we need an ACC who is creative, flexible, and willing and able to handle a wide variety of substantive and procedural areas.

The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at (Job Number: 311894).


Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2017 and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Superior writing, researching, and editing skills;
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to litigate in court and administrative tribunals;
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to draft and negotiate legislation and agreements;
  • Excellent analytical and communication (oral and writing) skills;
  • Exceptional client counseling, negotiation and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated academic achievement;
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines; and
  • Ability to work well with others.

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before August 17, 2018.

Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at by August 17, 2018.

Step Two: In addition to the on-line application, and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application, the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent).

Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person (interoffice delivery of application materials will not be accepted) or received via U.S. Mail or another similar mailing method (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) at the address noted above on or before August 17, 2018; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.  Should you wish to confirm receipt of your materials, please use a traceable delivery method.

NOTE REGARDING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references with your hard copy materials.  Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above.  Submission of references and/or additional materials with your hard copy materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the submission deadline for BOTH the online application and the hard-copy material is August 17, 2018.

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources.  Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process.  Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.