Assistant Attorney General


Business & Licensing
Position Number:
Salary Range:
$7,100.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Nursing & Professional Boards
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Employment Type:
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The Business & Licensing section of the Colorado Department of Law is seeking a dynamic and committed attorney to join their team in the Nursing & Professional Boards unit. In this role, you will help protect Coloradans through the state’s regulation of nursing and other professions. This dedicated public servant will be involved in diverse litigation work as well as providing occasional general counsel to clients within the unit. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced attorney who is: 1) interested in healthcare litigation, 2) eager to work in a supportive multi-disciplinary team, and 3) motivated to do work that directly impacts the lives of Coloradans.

The Nursing & Professional Boards unit is one of seven units within the Business & Licensing section. The Business & Licensing section represents numerous state regulatory agencies, including the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and the Department of Agriculture. Our DORA clients consist of various programs and boards in DORA’s Divisions of Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Professions and Occupations, Real Estate, and Securities.  The Nursing Board is within the Division of Professions and Occupations, which licenses over 50 different professions, occupations, and industries statewide including: accountants; architects; chiropractors; dentists; electricians; engineers; funeral home operators; insurance and real estate agents; nurses; massage, occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists; pharmacists; physicians; plumbers; psychologists and professional counselors; and veterinarians. The work of the B&L Section is critical to ensuring all licensees are providing fair services to Coloradans and protecting consumers through oversight of these industries and professions to protect public health and safety.

The Nursing & Professional Boards unit represents a variety of boards that regulate businesses and individuals engaged in various professions in Colorado, including Nurses, Nurses Aides, Accountants, Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Electricians and Plumbers. This work promotes consumer protection through regulating, licensing, taking disciplinary action against licensees, and pursing litigation against unlicensed persons who engage in a regulated profession without a license.

The attorneys on our team represent our clients’ interests in a variety of settings, including professional licensure and disciplinary actions. The position involves an administrative law practice before the Office of Administrative Courts, as well as some practice in District Court and the Colorado Court of Appeal and Colorado Supreme Court. Additionally, our work involves advising clients in all aspects of its regulatory functions and responsibilities, including assisting with promulgations of rules and regulations, and Open Meetings and Open Records laws.

While this attorney’s primary role will be to serve as litigation counsel to the Board of Nursing, specific responsibilities may include the following:

  • Independently handling litigation, negotiation, hearings, and appeals of cases on behalf of the Nursing Board’s and other clients the unit represents;
  • Litigating matters that require immediate action including prosecuting license suspensions and defending actions to seal criminal records;
  • Enforcing the Nurse and Nurse Aide Practice Act against unauthorized persons through actions for injunctive relief in District Court and on appeal;
  • Advising the Nursing Board’s Inquiry and Licensing Panels;
  • Assisting other attorneys with counseling and litigating cases on behalf of other clients the unit and the section.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple attorney positions in the Department of Law.

Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.

Candidates should have 1) a strong litigation background; 2) a demonstrated ability to handle negotiations, litigation, and trials independently and effectively; 3) experience or capacity to manage a caseload autonomously; 4) proficient client communication skills; and 5) excellent writing skills. A background in healthcare is helpful, as is work with experts in the nursing or medical fields, however this is not required in order to apply. More importantly, ideal candidates will be skilled at maintaining strong client relationships; have a passion for litigation, trials, and learning new areas of law and the healing arts; and demonstrate a strong commitment to serving the public interest.

Essential skills for this position:

  • Ability to manage a heavy caseload
  • Comfortable litigating cases and advising clients in a general counsel role
  • Excellent research, writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice on complex matters Enjoys wearing different hats, sometimes multiple times per day
  • Committed and eager to serve the public in a consumer protection-related role
  • Enthusiastic about working with a smart, collaborative, and fun team – while still able to work independently and exercise strong professional judgment


Conditions of Employment: 

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Effective August 15, 2022, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination within three (3) business days of hire. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.
    •  Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and believes that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.
To view the full job announcement and to apply, please visit the State of Colorado Jobs page.
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