Assistant Attorney General – Transportation Unit: Transactional Focus
- Civil Litigation and Employment Law
- Position Number:
- LAA 09032
- Salary Range:
- $83,292.00 - $120,000.00 Yearly
- Apply By:
- Monday, January 29, 2024, 11:59 pm
- Work Unit:
- Job Location:
- 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
- Release Date:
- Thursday, January 11, 2024
- Employment Type:
- Position Type:
Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!
The Department of Law/Office of the Attorney General, Civil Litigation and Employment Law Section has an exciting opportunity to provide legal services to one of the largest state agencies in Colorado. The successful candidate will lead various high impact matters for the Colorado Department of Transportation, one of Colorado’s largest agencies. In this Unit, we act as a general service law firm to CDOT and the Colorado Transportation Commission. We also represent the Colorado Bridge and Tunnel Enterprise and the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise, which are government-owned TABOR-exempt enterprises and divisions within CDOT. Our work includes filing condemnation actions on behalf of CDOT, defending inverse condemnation cases, and bringing and defending administrative actions and high exposure litigation. Further, we manage access control, highway beautification, and billboard permit disputes, and assist CDOT with protests brought under the Procurement Code. We also engage in negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations with construction industry stakeholders. Our team reviews, revises, and approves CDOT contracts; assists in drafting and negotiating contracts, including public-private partnership contracts; oversees other major transactions, and provides legal advice on rulemaking, legislation, and any other legal matters that arise. We are looking for a person who excels at independently tackling new and challenging issues on a regular basis, and who is eager to engage as a part of a team.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
This attorney position is part of the Transportation Unit that advises and represents the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and divisions within CDOT. In this role, you’ll be trained on public financing issues and provide a broad spectrum of legal counsel to CDOT, including:
- Serving as the Unit’s public contracting expert;
- Engaging in transactional activities, such as negotiating and drafting complex agreements with CDOT’s governmental partners and private parties;
- Assisting with bond and loan issuances;
- Acting as general counsel to the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE and dba the Colorado Transportation Investment Office), a TABOR-exempt enterprise created pursuant to C.R.S. § 43-4-806, and other TABOR-exempt enterprises within CDOT;
- Advising on rulemaking, procurement issues, Colorado open meetings and records laws, TABOR, and innovative surface transportation delivery, including public-private partnerships and other public finance and contracting methods; and
- Researching and drafting legal opinions on a wide variety of public finance, contracting, and transportation-related issues.
Because our Transportation Unit is highly collaborative, work may be interchanged across different positions within the Unit. For example, the Unit serves as CDOT’s litigation counsel. You may be asked to serve on a litigation team from time to time in a limited role, or assist with limited litigation or discovery matters, such as responding to subpoenas and representing CDOT staff in Rule 30(b)(6) depositions.
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.
Attorneys with less than 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General I (AAG I). The salary range for an AAG I is $83,292-$92,400/annually.
Attorneys with more than 3 years of experience practicing as an attorney will be hired as an Assistant Attorney General II (AAG II). The AAG II salary range is $96,420-$120,000/annually.
Salary will be paid on a biweekly basis.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
To be considered for these positions, applicants must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment where they have meaningful ownership over every aspect of their work, but also be comfortable in a highly collaborative work environment. The successful candidates should have a demonstrated track record of good judgment, strong communication skills, and excellent issue-spotting and problem-solving abilities.
Applicants must also be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. 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.
Further, we are seeking applicants that have most of the following attributes:
- Interest in, and specific experience with government law issues such as representing a public board, assisting with open meeting issues, open records requests and advising on TABOR issues .
- Basic litigation skills.
- Experience with public and commercial finance.
- Ability to assume diverse caseload with moderate supervision and have good judgment as to when to consult teammates and supervisors.
- Have strong legal research, writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Self-starter who is capable of and enjoys working independently.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and public service.
- Comfort with and confidence in assessing risks and benefits.
- Strong analytical skills and keen attention to detail.
- Well developed ability to work collaboratively.
- Excel at learning new areas of law and takes initiative to learn quickly and dive into subject matter.
Conditions of employment:
- Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
The Office of the Attorney General offers challenging, interesting, and meaningful work. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe 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, including information about compensation and benefits, and to apply online.