Agency: Office of the Attorney General
Working Title: ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL-DLA - 41000398
Salary: $51,627 - $65,000
Posting Closing Date: 06/05/2020
**This is a Full-Time Position**
INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT:The Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs (OAG) is a pre-eminent, constitutional office, which serves as the chief lawyer to all state agencies and provides legal protections for Floridians against fraud and through the enforcement of the state's laws. The OAG, is a cabinet agency in the executive branch of Florida state government.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the position all applicants must:
Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying, such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on your application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained. Applicants who do not provide all information necessary to qualify, will not be considered for this position. Gaps in employment must be explained.
Applicant responses to qualifying questions must be verifiable by skills and/or experience as stated on the employment application or resume. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.
The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.
Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Membership in the Florida Bar and three years of professional experience in the practice of law, legal research, teaching law or in administrative or judicial hearings.
JOB SUMMARY: This position is in the Consumer Protection unit in Fort Lauderdale. This position entails primarily civil investigations and prosecutions of large businesses who engage in unfair and deceptive trade practices, deals with complex civil litigation, and securities fraud and involves some travel out of state. This position requires as a prerequisite to employment a degree of Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
Represents the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs, in trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals in proceedings relating to Chapters 501, 542, 812, 817, 895, and 932 of the Florida Statutes, the Florida Administrative Code, and other state and federal laws enforced or utilized by the Office of the Attorney General.
Participates and supervises investigations of alleged consumer protection violations by individuals and corporate entities, both licit and illicit; reviews reports of law enforcement officers, investigators, accountants and financial analysts; locates and obtains documentary evidence. Directs the investigation of potential violations of state and federal consumer protection and trade practices law; gathers and evaluates evidence and prepares cases for appropriate legal proceedings.
Conducts litigation of consumer protection cases in state and federal courts, including preparing pleadings, motions, memoranda of law and briefs; prepares legal research and evaluates the research of investigators; prepares subpoenas, conducts discovery and other pretrial proceedings. Attends trials, hearings, and appellate oral arguments in court. Computer use is required for the preparation of pleadings, briefs and other documents. Negotiates settlements, assurances of voluntary compliance and issuance of cease and desist orders; drafts settlement agreements.
Participates with other states through the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) by representing the State of Florida in multistate investigations and litigation. Conducts legal research and assists in preparing legislation proposed by the Department.
Represents the Department in meetings and conferences relating to consumer protection investigations and litigation. Establishes lines of communication with local, state and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors; serve on federal and state task forces and work with those agencies; initiates contact with and process information from law enforcement agencies to locate appropriate consumer protection cases.
Assist and advise attorneys in trial, pleading, practice, and procedures. Maintains current expertise in areas of practice, including reading recent judicial decisions and case summaries and attending continuing legal education and other professional seminars. Performs in a timely fashion other assigned duties, which may require extended hours and/or travel outside the worksite.
Preference will be given to applicants with:
- prior experience with consumer-related issues, civil prosecution of unfair or deceptive trade practices, white collar crime or fraud;
- experience with complex civil litigation;
- five or more years of civil litigation experience working as an attorney in the State of Florida
- extensive motion hearing experience, particularly complex and adversarial evidentiary hearings
PERSONS WITH DISABILITY/ADA STATEMENT:The OAG supports the employment of individuals with disabilities and encourages them to seek employment within our agency. If you need an accommodation because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in order to participate in the application process, please notify the people first service center at 877-562-7287. If you need accommodation during the selection process, please notify the hiring authority in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE:All OAG positions are 'sensitive or special trust' and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.
E-VERIFY STATEMENT:The Office of the Attorney General participates in the u.s. government's employment eligibility verification program (e-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee's eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).
REMINDERS:Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible forhireorpromotionunless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website at: https: //www.sss.gov. If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Nearest Major Market:Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market:Miami