Associate Assistant City Attorney - City Attorney's Office

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 24, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Legal Services

Job Description

About Our Job

The Denver City Attorney’s Office seeks anAssistant City Attorney - Associate level - for the Employment & Labor Law Section.

The Employment & Labor Law Section represents Denver, the third largest employer in the State of Colorado, in all employment matters. The attorneys in this section regularly appear in federal and state courts, as well as in administrative hearings.

The Denver City Attorney’s Office is one of the largest law firms in Colorado, with over 230 attorneys and staff members comprised of paralegals, victim advocates, and other support and supervisory staff members. It may have the most diverse practice of any law firm in Colorado since Denver is a home rule city and county. Clients include the Mayor, City Council, all other elected and appointed officials, all city agencies, departments, boards, commissions, and employees.

The City Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing an equitable, inclusive, and diverse work environment. Through equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, we respect and honor our differences, we create a culture of compassion, collaboration and common purpose of sharing our talents and creativity with each other and the City we serve. We celebrate bringing our whole selves to work every day.

The Denver City Attorney’s Office embraces an environment of compassion, trust, belonging and inclusion where all voices are engaged and respected, and where we nurture the talents of our diverse employees. We are an anti-racist office. We are committed to removing barriers, providing opportunities, supporting everyone by embracing our differences, condemning inequalities and oppression, and respecting everyone’s unique qualities. The successful candidate for this position must demonstrate these core operating principles and work ethic.

This position presents a challenging and rewarding opportunity for an attorney with at least 2 years of employment litigation experience, who thrives in a fast paced, team-oriented and constantly changing environment. Associate attorneys are responsible for managing their own case load and working collaboratively with senior attorneys as part of a litigation team on more complex litigation matters.

The job responsibilities for an Associate Attorney in the Employment & Labor Law Section include:
  • Working knowledge and proficiency in a wide variety of local government and other applicable law, with specialized demonstrated expertise in the areas of employment and labor law
  • Primary responsibility for handling less complex employment cases and administrative appeals, depending upon level of experience, under supervisor direction
  • Drafting and preparing legal memoranda, pleadings, motions, and briefs to be filed in judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings
  • Conducting legal research in a variety of legal areas and producing concise, coherent, comprehensive and well-reasoned arguments
  • Assisting senior attorneys on more complex litigation as part of a collaborative team defending the City and/or City employees, including conducting depositions, handling various court appearances, drafting motions, determining appropriate trial strategy, providing case assessment, and evaluating reasonable settlement value
  • Evaluating cases for appellate issues and assisting with the drafting of appellate briefing
  • Assisting with drafting and review of City policies and procedures
  • Providing excellent client service; Readily identifying issues and finding creative solutions for areas of improvement
  • Supporting and implementing the vision of the Section and the City Attorney’s Office as a whole, including facilitating and promoting integration of diversity, equality, and inclusiveness strategies into work and the work environment
  • Performing other related duties, as assigned or requested

About You

Our ideal candidate, in addition to having the required qualifications as listed below, will have at least three (3) years of civil litigation experience, including:
  • Experience representing clients in jury and bench trials in federal or state court
  • Experience in employment law issues that include advising clients on legal issues involving:
    • Title VII
    • FMLA
    • ADA
    • ADEA
    • FLSA
  • Experience in public sector, civil rights and constitutional issues
  • Experience in appellate proceedings
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Education: Graduation from college of law with attainment of a J.D. or an LL.B. degree
  • Experience: At least two (2) years of experience as an attorney at law litigating employment law matters at the state or federal court level.
  • Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.
  • Licensure and Certification:Admission by the Colorado Supreme Court to practice law in Colorado at the time of application or possession of a license from any U.S. state that has a reciprocity agreement with the state of Colorado, excluding the following states: California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. The preceding list of non-reciprocal admission jurisdictions is intended to be used only as a guide, as rules and regulations of every jurisdiction are subject to change at any time. Positions with the Denver City Attorney's Office are dependent upon the rules and regulations in place at the time of application and subsequent hiring. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CL0355 Assistant City Attorney Associate
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Position Type

Position Salary Range
$85,015.00 - $140,275.00

Starting Pay
Based on education and experience

City Attorney's Office

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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