Assistant Attorney General – Health Care


State Services
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Salary Range:
$83,292.00 - $120,000.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Health Care
Job Location:
1300 N Broadway Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
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The Health Care Unit in the State Services Section seeks to hire multiple attorneys with a background or strong interest in health care and public health law to join their team. These positions serve as both litigation and general counsel for its state agency clients. This is an exciting role for an attorney who is eager to handle complex and high-profile litigation, and to be on the forefront of state and national public health policy trends and legal developments.


The Health Care Unit in the State Services Section serves as counsel for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the State Medicaid Agency) and the public health divisions within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. On behalf of these two clients, the Unit handles a full range of litigation, enforcement, procurement, compliance, and general counsel/advice matters. The Unit provides both agency clients with legal opinions and memorandums on a wide range of issues and questions, as well as providing general strategic and legal guidance on a daily basis.

On behalf of the State Medicaid Agency, Unit attorneys manage a wide range of provider and member appeals, litigate challenges to Department policies and regulations, engage with vendors in contract disputes, defend the Department in rate setting appeals, defend the state against adverse actions taken by the federal government, and coordinate inter-agency efforts at both the state and federal level when faced with provider terminations due to fraud or abuse. All of these actions are undertaken to help the State Medicaid Agency ensure that the limited Medicaid funds available are dedicated to provide critical health care services to some of the most vulnerable Coloradans. For the State Health Department, Unit attorneys are tasked with litigating and advising on all health facility licensing and compliance issues, paramedic/EMT certification suspension or revocation matters, vital records disputes, challenges involving the medical marijuana registry, and advise and litigate matters related to disease control outbreaks and investigations.

The successful candidates may also be involved with the implementation of SB 23-271 which creates a new regulatory and enforcement scheme for certain hemp products. In carrying out these duties, the Health Care Unit attorneys’ practice at all levels of administrative, state, and federal courts.

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

Salary note: The Department of Law uses a wage progression compensation model. Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

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.

We are a close-knit team and are looking for litigators with a diversity of backgrounds who are excited to work collaboratively and bring different perspectives to our team. The strongest candidates will have the ability to drive and handle complex litigation; have exceptional research and writing skills; and have a public health, health care financing, regulatory compliance, and/or administrative law background.

Further, this position handles cases that involve audits of health care services, complex rate setting, and reimbursement methodologies. If you have financial reporting experience, and/or experience with trust and estate and probate law, please indicate this in your cover letter as these are valuable skills for our team.

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel website.
  • The final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
  • The Office of the Attorney General offers flexible work arrangements. This position allows for hybrid work and will require a minimum of one-day in office every week.
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.

View the full job announcement for more information and to apply.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.
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