Attorney Senior Counsel (Civil Services Division – Litigation) – Phoenix, AZ

Position Overview

This position is a senior level attorney position within the Civil Services Division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The main focus of this position involves litigation and advisory work representing Maricopa County, its agencies and employees in State and Federal Courts. The position will require the attorney to represent the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Federal Court and assist the agency in reaching compliance with various Federal Court Orders. This part of the position will require the candidate to work closely with other attorneys and paralegals in the office, as well as with clients, in drafting motions, reports and other documents, as well as negotiating and working with opposing counsel and others to assist in achieving compliance.

Additionally, the person responsible will assist in and be responsible for appearing in federal and state court on a variety of cases (Section 1983 claims as well as state tort claims), including any compliance matters, to litigate those matters as necessary and provide status updates to the court. The successful candidate should also have extensive knowledge a state and federal appellate proceedings as that person will be tasked with the representation of clients in state and federal appellate courts.

Position Qualifications

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications:


  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.


  • Five (5) years of experience in civil litigation with experience litigating cases in state and federal court, as well as state and federal appeals courts.

Other Requirements:

  • Must currently possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver license.
  • Must have current Arizona Bar license and number, and be in good standing with Arizona Bar Association
  • NOTE: The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office requires a thorough background check of all successful candidates and is authorized to test prospective employees for the presence of illegally accessed drugs. Testing is conducted once an offer has been extended and prior to placement

Our Preferred Candidate has:

  • Prior experience practicing law in a government setting and direct civil trial experience in federal and state court.
  • Significant appellate experience in state and federal appellate courts.
  • Experience in assisting government agencies who have been the subject of consent decrees or injunctive orders in coming into compliance with those decrees or orders.
  • Experience in training and development, providing legal advice to police agencies and statistical analysis.

Essential Job Tasks

  • Performs complex legal work and analysis as it pertains to ongoing compliance and litigation issues involving the client.
  • Conducts research and analyze legal issues using both computerized legal research and hard copy tools.
  • Holds responsibility for broad spectrum of civil claims as assigned by the Practice Group Leader, including civil rights, torts, and other claims.
  • Assists the Civil Division with appeals work, including writing and editing appellate court briefs, defending clients at oral argument when scheduled, and assisting other attorneys in the office in preparing appeals and arguments.
  • Develops client discussions and negotiations as it pertains to the various issues involved in the Orders that the client is required to comply with.This includes meeting with all parties involved in the cases.
  • Drafts various documents for the client, including annual reports and updates, motions and various other court documents as necessary and work closely with the client and other attorneys in office.
  • Attends court to present and when necessary defend the client at status conferences, oral arguments on motions, in evidentiary hearings and other hearings as set by the Court.
  • Develops and deploy strategy in an effort to assist the client in achieving objectives set by Court and negotiating with opposing counsel to achieve compliance on various issues.
  • Provides litigation risk analyses and status reports to the Practice Group Lead and, where appropriate, to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, the Maricopa County Self-Insured Trust Fund Board of Trustees, the Maricopa County Risk Manager and clients.
  • Assists with supervising and mentoring non-senior attorneys as needed.
  • Holds responsibility for compliance with the continuing legal education requirements and other requirements imposed by the State Bar of Arizona.

Working Conditions:

Office and court room settings in high volume, fast-paced environment with frequent stressful situations. May require long periods of sitting while completing paperwork, standing and moving about during course of performing duties. Ability to travel to and from various county locations for court appearances, meetings and trainings, utilizing personal or county owned vehicle. Ability to move up to 20 pounds.

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Selection Procedure

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.


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