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Trial Attorney, Tax and Finance Section at Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia


Senior Level

Washington, DC 20001, USA

$130.157 - $141.349

01 Sep → 01 Oct


Job Description

The Commercial Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia provides legal advice and transactional and litigation support to the District Government in the core areas of community and economic development, real estate, procurement, tax, finance, bankruptcy, land use, and public works. The successful candidate will be one of nine attorneys handling the District’s affirmative and defensive litigation concerning tax matters (real property, personal property, business franchise, income, recordation, transfer, estate, and inheritance).
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Commercial Division
Tax and Finance Section
400 Sixth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
REMOTE WORK STATUS: A phased return to onsite work is scheduled to begin September 27, 2021 for this division. Telework/remote schedule options are available and may be requested by the selectees.

Please note that OAG currently has a vaccine requirement for individuals who must conduct in-person work.

The selected candidate will be subject to a general background investigation, including reference checks.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information or political affiliation.

Job Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Chief, Tax and Finance Section, and in collaboration with the Office of Tax and Revenue’s (OTR) Real Property Tax Administration, reviews information presented by OTR, and relevant case law, and develops guidelines and standards for determining which tax assessment appeal cases should be set for the trial track. Reviews for this purpose include interviewing agency officials, other potential witnesses, available documents, and other sources of information.
  • Based on the guidelines and standards developed, and in coordination with supervisor and OTR, determines which tax assessment appeal cases should be set for the trial track.
  • Prepares responses, motions, legal briefs, and memoranda as appropriate for tax assessment appeal cases assigned.
  • Prepares and conducts bench trials including preparation of witnesses, and exhibits; collects and organizes evidence; prepares for and conducts all discovery and other pretrial matters; identifies and procures expert services; examines and cross-examines witnesses and presents oral arguments.
  • Subsequent to trial, and in coordination with supervisor, performs extensive legal research and prepares detailed findings of fact and conclusions of law in accordance with judicial and office policies, procedures, and precedents, for submission to the court.
  • Negotiates resolution of cases and determines when continued proceedings are no longer in the best interest of the District of Columbia; attends and participates in mediation sessions; and prepares documentation and necessary court papers to implement negotiations.
  • Performs all functions related to cases and trial calendar management, including pretrial activities, motions practice, trial scheduling, preparation of case transfer or closing-out reports, case file entry updating, documentation of action taken or orders issued, timely preparation and service of filings, timely issuance of subpoenas, and all other activities associated with litigation.
  • Compiles monthly and quarterly statistical and status reports on cases assigned.
  • Performs other related tasks as may become necessary in the course of the work.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience performing the major duties of the position, as an attorney in either the public or private sector.

  • The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction. If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Benefits/What We offer

  • Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan.

  • If selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

How To Apply

Apply through LegalJobs.

All applications must include the completed online questionnaire, along with a cover letter, resume, a list of three professional references including supervisors, and a writing sample. Please ensure that all required documents are included prior to submitting the application. Applications missing all required documents will not be considered.

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