Senior Attorney – Torts

Website Chicago Transit Authority

POSITION SUMMARY

Under general supervision, performs a broad variety of legal duties in support of the Authority’s General Counsel. Works on the defense of personal injury lawsuits filed against the Authority, from minor to catastrophic injuries and subrogation and property damage defense and performs all litigation for assigned caseload.

Qualifications

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plans, directs, and participates in litigation involving personal injury cases and other matters on behalf of the Authority.
  • Handles own caseload of personal injury cases and other matters.
  • Initiates, researches, prepares, and presents opinions, briefs, arguments, and pleadings in litigation and arbitrations.
  • Makes frequent appearances before courts, jury, and bench trials.
  • Obtains and defends depositions, and prepares witnesses for trial.
  • Gathers research, drafts pleadings and motions, and completes and submits any forms, memoranda, briefs, and settlement agreements on behalf of the Authority’s General Counsel.
  • Works with more senior attorneys in “second chair” capacity on large personal injury litigation.  Serves an integral role in these assignments, typically examining witnesses, arguing motions, and drafting memoranda, briefs, and settlement agreements.
  • Conducts research for the purpose of advising client departments.  May provide advice and counsel directly to client departments. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the legal field.
  • Manages work of paralegals and other support staff assigned to his/her projects. Verifies work for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques and compliance with legal standards and practices.
  • Hires, trains, develops, monitors, and evaluates performance of staff.  Reviews and recommends personnel actions for approval.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to this position are the following jobs:

  • Paralegal
  • Administrative Support

CHALLENGES

  • Keeping abreast of new trends and innovations in the legal field.
  • Maintaining good working relationships and communicating effectively with client departments and staff on all levels to achieve Authority goals and objectives.
  • Managing multiple tasks simultaneously and handling stressful situations.
  • Providing legal advice with efficiently and accurately on behalf of the Authority.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited school of law and licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, plus three (3) years of experience as a practicing attorney, of which one (1) year of experience was spent specializing in personal injury, subrogation, or property damage, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Required to maintain appropriate continuing legal education credits.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Requires sitting for extended periods of time, standing, visual acumen, manual dexterity, and fingering for working with computer keyboards.
  • Light to moderate lifting.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Detailed knowledge of applicable federal and state laws.
  • Detailed knowledge of principles and methods in drafting legal documents.
  • Detailed knowledge of the methods and practices of legal research and investigation, judicial procedure, and the rules of evidence.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including work processing functions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively interrelate with Authority personnel of all levels and the public.
  • Strong editing and drafting skills, and great attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Strong verbal and in written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills necessary for competent legal interpretation.
  • Strong managerial and administrative skills to direct and coordinate the activities of the work team.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple requests simultaneously while meeting multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to provide effective solutions to CTA issues with integrity, initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and possess analytical skills necessary for competent legal interpretation.

 

EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, AND MATERIALS UTILIZED

  • Standard office equipment.
  • Personal computer, telephone, trial visual aids equipment, on-line legal research, and litigation support software.

Additional Details Final salary will be determined in part by the qualifications of the selected candidate and may be higher or lower than target.

Applicants, if hired, must comply with CTA’s residency ordinance.

CTA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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