Staff Attorney - Litigation

Requisition Number:  6123
Pay Rate:  PGR14
Location: 

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Other
Description: 

Basic Function

Provides sound, ethical, reliable, professional advice and counsel, and legal representation to METRO, primarily in the areas of personal injury and recovery of property damage. Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures. 

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Represents the agency in litigation and other proceedings before courts primarily concerning personal injury and property damage claims.
  • Provides legal advice and counsel to management, including risk management and other departments, regarding potential and actual claims and other matters.
  • Negotiates disputes and analyzes liability or litigation exposure.
  • Provides well-reasoned, thorough legal opinions and guidance on various legal matters affecting METRO.
  • Advises and recommends safety and other procedures to reduce litigation risk.
  • Conducts depositions and participates in mediations.
  • Conducts legal research on a variety of topics and issues related to current and potential litigation matters
  • Assists in the drafting of motions, briefs, memoranda of law, and other legal documents
  • Manages and organizes discovery requests and responses.
  • Assists General Counsel with legal issues, maintains strict confidentiality and discretion in all aspects of representation
  • Advocates for METRO’s interests in public forums when necessary, including public hearings, administrative proceedings, congressional proceedings, local or state governmental proceedings, and any other necessary forum
  • Exhibits exemplary teamwork and spirit of common purpose in the Legal Department
  • Provides excellent customer service to METRO internal and external customers.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Education Requirement

Doctor of Jurisprudence degree is required.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum three (3) years’ experience in litigation practice and personal injury jury trial experience; first chair experience preferred; extensive deposition experience.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Active license to practice law in the State of Texas.  Knowledge of Texas rules of civil procedures, policies and other legal and court procedures, terminology, and documents; knowledge of the Texas Tort Claims Act; excellent research and writing skills.

Additional Information

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.


Nearest Major Market: Houston