Civil Division Attorneys - Contracts Section and Transportation & Real Property

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on June 23, 2022
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King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office - Civil Division
Contracts Section and Transportation and Real Property Section
The Civil Division is soliciting applications for two (2) attorneys in the Contracts Section and one (1) attorney in the Transportation and Real Property Section.

The Civil Division provides comprehensive legal services to King County government, including all County elected and appointed officials, department heads, and with the managers of numerous county agencies and departments. Serving in its role as an in-house law firm for the County, the Civil Division works closely with its clients in solving a wide range of legal problems by providing legal advice and representing King County and its employees in lawsuits filed in state or federal courts.  The Civil Division is comprised of about 65 lawyers organized into seven sections. 

Job Duties

Contracts Section - 2 Open Positions
The Contracts Section provides legal advice to the County departments on a wide range of issues related to the procurement and administration of contracts for goods, services, and information technology products, and the construction of and design of public works. Attorneys in this section review and edit contract documents, negotiate contract terms, and handle disputes related to contract interpretation and enforcement, which may include Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and some litigation. Attorneys in this Section also provide general legal advice to County client agencies on various topics.  
The successful candidate in one position will advise County client agencies on procurement issues related to technology contracts, intellectual property, and also provide general legal advice to County client agencies. The successful candidate in the other position will primarily provide general legal advice to County client agencies and may also advise on procurement-related issues. No prior intellectual property or prior contract experience is required, although it is a desirable skill.
If you have any questions about the Contracts Section, please feel free to contact Jerry Taylor at (206) 477-1919.

Transportation and Real Property Section - 1 Open Position
The Civil Division is seeking an experienced real property attorney to join its Transportation and Real Property Section (T&RP). This Section represents the County’s Real Estate Services group, the Metro Transit Department, the Roads Services Division, the King County International Airport, and the King County Water Taxi system, among others. The T&RP Section represents the County in all real estate-related matters including the acquisition, development, leasing, and sale of real estate, and the acquisition of conservation easements, open space lands, and trails.  In addition, the Section provides general client advising on a variety of topics, such as municipal, environmental, and constitutional law issues.  The Section also handles litigation arising from work done by the Section’s transportation clients and from County real estate holdings.
The practice will primarily involve client advising and transactional work. The attorney selected for this position will handle real estate purchases and sales, leasing, easements, utility franchises, and licenses. The practice will also require handling other matters for our County clients. The attorney may also handle litigation arising from our client’s activities. Applicants should have at least five years of relevant legal experience, demonstrate a strong potential for growth,  and should be prepared to assume immediate responsibility for a fast-paced practice.
If you have any questions about the Transportation and Real Property Section, please contact Andrew Marcuse at 477-1094.  

The Civil Division is currently working in a hybrid model of telecommuting and working from the office when the business needs accommodate teleworking. A county issued laptop will be provided and employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The Civil Division is looking for candidates with great client relations skills, excellent communication skills, strong analytical abilities, and accomplished negotiation and litigation skills. Applicants should be able to thoroughly understand and analyze complex legal issues while also being able to work with clients, colleagues, and others to find practical solutions to complicated legal problems. The successful applicants must have a strong commitment to Equity and Social Justice, including the development of personal cultural competency. Through working with others in the Contracts or T&RP Sections, the successful applicants will be able to further develop subject-matter expertise.

Special Requirements:  

  • Member in good standing with the Washington State Bar.
  • Must submit to a criminal history check.
  • U.S. Citizenship (per RCW 36.27 and 29A.04 and Article VI of the WA Constitution

Supplemental Information

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and answer any supplemental questions. 

Salary$111,550.40 - $152,568.00 annually depending on experience

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Prosecuting Attorney's Office employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Tracking Numbers:
69D-2022-JUN-REG & 70D-2022-JUN-REG (Contracts)
52D-2022-JUN-REG (Transportation & Real Property)

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

The Prosecuting Attorney's Office requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To meet this requirement, all employees must provide proof of vaccination approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • I understand this requirement.
  • I cannot comply with this requirement.
Are you currently employed by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office?
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Which position(s) are you interested in?
  • Contracts Section
  • Transportation & Real Property
  • Both
Please describe an equity and social justice issue that is important to you.

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