Assistant Corporation Counsel - Law Department (Litigation Division) - #19504172

City of Detroit

Date: Dec 26, 2020
City: Detroit, MI
Contract type: Full time
City of Detroit





We represent Detroit in all civil actions.

Established by the Detroit City Charter, the Law Department is an independent agency that represents the interests of the City of Detroit as a corporate body. The Department is headed by the Corporation Counsel, whose mission is to provide a variety of legal services to the City, its elected officials, departments, agencies, offices, commissions, and boards, as well as its individual employees, in their official capacity.

The Department has dozens of attorneys, specializing in various areas, who provide: legal advice, opinions, and counsel to clients; defend all legal actions against the City; prosecute violations of State law and/or City Ordinances on behalf of the people of the City of Detroit; and assist in drafting City ordinances and other legal instruments, including all transactional and contractual documents which would legally bind the City.

Under general supervision, performs routine to difficult professional legal work including; handling cases before courts and tribunals, working on transactions involving or affecting the City of Detroit, and preparing legal opinions.

Examples of Duties

  • Police misconduct and defense of PIP

  • Third-party motor vehicle litigation against the City, including high-exposure cases alleging serious personal injury and/or property damage

  • Prepares legal opinions on simple to moderately complex matters

  • Prepares and carries through simple to moderately complex appeals to higher courts and tribunals

  • Serves as a lead person for other attorneys upon attainment of required skills, when required

  • Prepares for and/or tries a wide variety of cases which range from relatively simple to difficult and are characterized by somewhat complex legal questions which have generally been settled by prior court action, but which may involve impact on the public or on the City fiscal or administrative structure;

  • such cases generally relate to personal injury and property damage claims

  • Litigation relative to Federal or State Governmental Agencies and public utilities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an American Bar Association-approved institution.

  • Three (3) to seven (7) years of experience in Litigation - (primarily police misconduct and defense of PIP and third party motor vehicle litigation against the City, including high-exposure cases alleging serious personal injury and/or property damage)

  • Governmental immunity experience preferred.


  • License to practice law in the State of Michigan.


  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Supplemental Information

Please attach a cover letter, resume with references, and a writing sample.

Evaluation Plan

  • Interview: 70%

  • Evaluation of Training, Experience & Personal Qualifications: 30%

  • Total of Interview and Evaluation T.E.P: 100%

Additional points may be awarded for:

  • Veteran Points: 0 – 15 points

  • Detroit Residency Credit: 15 point

Bargaining Unit: 1800 Public Attorneys Association UAW 2211


  • The techniques of legal research, particularly as applied to municipal corporation law.

  • Legal subjects and State and Federal statutes as are applicable to municipal corporation law.

  • Court procedures and legal principles and their application.

  • Adjudication principles and practices.


  • Excellent analytical, legal writing, and oral advocacy skills, self-discipline.

  • Effectively organize and manage independent caseloads presenting multiple simultaneous priorities.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; and commitment to participate in a team-oriented practice environment.

  • Legal research.

  • Developing legal arguments and applying legal principles to legal problems.

  • Effective problem-solving techniques.

  • Legal writing and drafting.

  • Oral and written communication.


  • Analyze and appraise facts, evidence, and precedence.

  • Present statements of fact, law, and arguments clearly and logically.

  • Problem solves and displays resourcefulness and initiative in handling legal matters.

  • Interact effectively with outside agencies and departmental personnel with tact and diplomacy.

  • Display judicial temperament and poise.


  • Work involves office and field activities and may entail out of town travel.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to the class. Incumbents may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Specific job duties may vary from position to position.

The City of Detroit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No applicant for employment shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or other criteria prohibited by City, State, or Federal law.

Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position.

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