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Attorney, Senior (Civil)

at Pinal County

Pay: $76,616 to $99,601/year
$76616 - $99601
Posted: 9/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2554127
Categories: Legal

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Assess, prepare, negotiate, and litigate civil cases, represent Pinal County Departments and Elected Officials in courtrooms, hearings, and negotiations, and learn PCAO guidelines and standards to effectively manage civil cases and case files under basic supervision.

This position is not covered under the Pinal County Merit System.  Incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective Appointing Authority.  The employment relationship of incumbents in this position is "at will" the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. 

Example of Duties

Work in this classification requires an individual to be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary classification functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this classification may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in this classification description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this description.


  • Represent County departments in civil cases brought for and against the County, resolve assigned cases within policy, learn department guidelines and standards, and perform duties within scope of authority.
  • Review contracts, legal documents, and compile and analyze case facts.
  • Review evidence, interview witnesses, prepare pre-trial legal memoranda, , prepare and present opening and closing statements, examine and cross examine witnesses, make and meet legal objections, and request legal instructions.
  • Conduct research and provide consultation involving complex and difficult legal issues.
  • Apply legal principles to determinations on individual cases and problems.
  • Confer with and offer advice and counsel to County officials and employees and clients, apply legal expertise in a variety of legal fields including environmental/regulatory enforcement, zoning/code enforcement, procurement, human resources, administrative, contract,  real estate,  appellate practice, public records, support, and other fields of practice in public sector law.
  • Represent the department at hearings and trials, identify and subpoena witnesses, records, and other information required to present the case, compile and present evidence, bring cases before the court or administrative body and argue facts of the case in relation to points of law, case law, and legal precedent, and interview and cross-examine witnesses.
  • Manage assigned legal cases, confer with participants, negotiate agreements, and litigate and resolve cases.
  • Review and develop recommendations for legal decisions, policies, regulations, resolutions, tax appeals, public disclosure requests, court orders, and other assigned legal matters.
  • Evaluate case files and research missing and incomplete information and documents, manage collection and analysis of evidence, research files and computer databases, and update files and records.
  • Review case status with supervisor and create, process, and file memoranda and legal documents.
  • Cross-train in a wide variety of legal fields.
  • Maintain the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, customer records, and restricted County information.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements


  • Juris Doctorate degree.  
  • Four years' experience in practicing law in Arizona.
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Valid Arizona State Driver's License is required within 30 days of hire.  
  • Must be licensed by the State Bar of Arizona to practice law in the State of Arizona, remain active with all annual requirements, and maintain a clear criminal record.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Public Sector Attorney experience is preferred.
  • Civil experience in a government setting or advising/representing governments.
  • Experience in two or more of the following areas - Human Resources, environmental, zoning and land use, contracts, procurement;; federal or state appellate experience; civil trial experience.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of PCAO policies, procedures, organization, and operations.
  • Knowledge of State of Arizona civil statutes, rules, administrative orders, and applicable Federal rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of operations, functions, procedures, rules, and policies of Pinal County Courts and Arizona Superior Court.
  • Knowledge of principles and protocols for the evidentiary gathering of information and records for use in court and negotiations.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods, techniques, sources, and databases.
  • Knowledge of legal case management procedures, ethics, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of principles of record keeping, case files, and records management.
  • Knowledge of the principles of evidence, motion practice and rules of court.
  • Skill in interpreting and explaining legal standards and procedures, applicable Federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Skill in drafting contracts or legal documents, extracting relevant information, evaluating legal issues, and negotiating agreements.
  • Skill in prosecuting and litigating cases in a legal hearing and courtroom setting.
  • Skill in researching and identifying precedence in case law.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in decision making.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with clients, co-workers, attorneys, representatives of law enforcement agencies, courts, employees of other departments, the public, and other participants in the justice system.
The work is light and requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.  The work also requires the ability to finger, reach, perform repetitive motion, lift, hear, speak, stand, walk, operate motor vehicles, and demonstrate mental and visual acuity.
Work is performed in an environment where errors can lead to significant physical or mental consequences.  Work is performed in a safe and secure work environment that may periodically have unpredicted requirements or demands.  This position may require night and weekend work hours, due, but not limited to crisis, or emergency situations.

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