Chief Attorney – Torts – (22000049)

Website Chicago Transit Authority

POSITION SUMMARY
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 RESPONSIBILITIES
80%
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, arbitrations, 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.

10%
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.

5%
Provides legal advice and consultation on personal injury matters throughout the Authority to clients and staff.

5%
Performs related duties as assigned.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to this position may include the following jobs:

Junior Attorneys
Paralegal
Administrative Assistant/Secretary

CHALLENGES
Must be able to work in partnership with client departments to achieve CTA goals.

Must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and handle stressful situations.

Must maintain good working relationships with client departments to achieve Authority goals and objectives.

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

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Requires sitting for extended periods of time, standing, visual acumen, manual dexterity, and fingering for working with computer keyboards.

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Service Area Requirement: Exempt (Non-Union) employees must live within the boundaries of the CTA Statutory Service Area either at the time of employment or within 6 months of beginning employment at CTA.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Detailed knowledge of applicable federal and state laws.
Detailed knowledge of negotiation strategies.
Working knowledge of the methods and practices of legal research and investigation, judicial procedure, and the rules of evidence.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite including word processing functions.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Strong analytical skills necessary for competent legal interpretation.
Strong managerial and administrative skills to direct and coordinate the activities of the case/transaction team.
Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively interrelate with other Law Department staff and various levels of personnel from other Authority departments.
Ability to work with integrity, initiative, and the creativity to provide effective solutions to CTA issues.
Ability to provide legal advice in a short response time, work on many tasks simultaneously, and play increasing managerial role.
Ability to independently handle all matters that arise in practice area.
Ability to practice skills and experience to “first chair” almost every litigation matter involving the Authority.

WORKING CONDITIONS
General office environment.
Makes regular site visits to non-office locations (e.g. court and accident sites).

EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, AND MATERIALS UTILIZED
Standard office equipment.
Personal computer and legal related equipment and software.
Trial visual aids equipment, office productivity, on-line legal research, and litigation support software.

To apply for this job please visit chicagotransit.taleo.net.