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Attorney (Real Estate and Land Use) at City of Atlanta, GA

City of Atlanta, GA


Mid Level

Atlanta, GA, USA

$120.000 - $160.000

08 Aug → 07 Sep


Job Description

The primary role of this position is to provide legal services for the City of Atlanta and its management staff, to include interpretation of laws and regulations, provision of legal advice, preparation and review of legal documentation, management of legal matters, and other legal support as required. Duties and responsibilities include providing legal counsel and advice to support the Department of Aviation, Department of Enterprise and Asset Management, Department of City Planning, and the Department of Watershed Management. The attorney will also provide support to team members in legal representation of various boards and commissions.

The role will handle a variety of transactions involving real estate, construction and development matters, corporate, regulatory, land-use, commercial leasing, easements and encroachments, and legislative matters. Experience in managing paralegals and/or administrative staff is preferred. The Attorney will have extensive contact with City Council, multiple City Departments and the governing bodies of several other municipalities. Applicants should demonstrate superior writing skills, outstanding judgment, excellent analytical skills and strong negotiation skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required. Applicants with prior experience representing a municipality, other governmental/quasi-governmental entity are encouraged to apply.

Job Responsibilities

  • Have direct client contact on complex and policy level issues and advice.
  • Exercise good judgment on legal and strategic issues.
  • See and think through the big picture of a case, matter, issue or transaction.
  • Ensure that all critical deadlines are met.
  • Delegate and supervise work effectively as appropriate.
  • Proactively identify and anticipate critical legal issues, assign legal research as appropriate, review junior lawyer work product and advise the City Attorney of pertinent legal issues.
  • As directed or delegated by the City Attorney, advise City departments and the City Council on pertinent legal issues
  • Keep City Attorney fully informed of critical developments, deadlines and upcoming events.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in their subject matter field.
  • Provide advice and counsel on transactional and legislative matters related to their respective subject matter expertise.
  • Be proficient in subject matter expertise.
  • Advise City Departments, City Council, and City Boards and Commissions on a variety of legal matters including the legal implications of any action, inaction, or decision.
  • Prepare, review, and examine contracts, agreements, briefs, dispute resolutions, ordinances, and other legal documents for City departments.
  • Assist in legislative development for the City including proposed ordinances, resolutions, policies, and other legislation related to their respective subject matter expertise.
  • Prepare resolutions for the City related to real estate and land use matters.
  • Perform legal research and provide legal opinions related to subject matter expertise for the City Attorney as assigned.
  • Respond to internal inquiries regarding various legal issues concerning City business.
  • Attend and participate in professional groups to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the specific subject matter fields.
  • Advise and assist the City Attorney’s Office in all aspects of media and community relations as it relates to their subject matter expertise.
  • Consistently provide reliable and sound advice, recommendations and judgment to the City Attorney as a sounding board.
  • Actively participate in the development of others, including more junior lawyers, by presenting topics at Department, sub-group or practice group meetings, particularly in the area of subject matter expertise.
  • Be available for and provide consultation to other attorneys and staff within the department on matters related to his/her specific area of expertise.
  • Speak on subject matter expertise at CLE seminars and participate in other community or legal events to enhance the Department’s reputation in the legal community.
  • Provide prompt and direct feedback on work done by junior lawyers.
  • Work closely with the City Attorney’s Office, providing updates on the status of cases, matters or transactions and discussing issues related to subject matter expertise in the City, Department or practice group.
  • Be actively involved in activities such as development and delivery of client and community training, and relationship development.
  • Be actively involved in activities in the Department and the City, and display leadership roles in those activities.
  • Operates the Department of Law’s Document Management System with proficiency.
  • Be available to provide assistance to the City Attorney at any time the need may arise, recognizing that the City operates on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week schedule.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Education and Experience: Juris Doctorate degree required. Six to ten (6-10) years of experience as a practicing attorney. Must be a member of good standing with the State Bar of Georgia or the ability to obtain membership within one (1) year of employment.

  • Experience in municipal, county, and/or constitutional law.

  • Knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order.

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