Division of State Counsel Litigation Bureau – New York City Assistant Attorney General
The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking experienced litigators to serve as Assistant Attorneys General in the New York City Litigation Bureau. The Bureau represents and defends the State of New York and its agencies, officials and employees in federal and state courts in civil actions and proceedings involving civil rights, education, social services, public employment, public health, law enforcement, corrections, state finance, insurance, taxation, and other litigation matters arising out of state legislation, regulations, and operations.
The Bureau’s attorneys are assigned to Sections within one of three (3) Practice Groups, which are organized according to specific client agency groupings:
The Administrative and Regulatory Services Practice Group is comprised of three (3) Sections which principally represent and defend: (1) the State’s commercial and transportation agencies including, among others, the Department of Financial Services, Department of Taxation and Finance, Department of State, and Department of Motor Vehicles; (2) the State’s judicial, environmental and labor agencies including, among others, the Office of Court Administration, Board of Law Examiners, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Department of Labor, Division of Human Rights, and Workers Compensation Board; and (3) the State’s educational agencies including, among others, the State Education Department, City University of New York, State University of New York, and Higher Education Services Corporation.
The Health and Human Services Practice Group is comprised of three (3) Sections which principally represent and defend: (1) the State’s public health agencies including, among others, the Department of Health, Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and Office of Professional Medical Conduct; (2) the State’s mental health agencies including, among others, the Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; and (3) the State’s social service agencies including, among others, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Department of Health, and Office of Children and Family Services.
The Law Enforcement Practice Group is comprised of two (2) Sections which both principally represent and defend the State’s public safety agencies including, among others, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Division of State Police, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and Office of Victim Services.
Across all three (3) Practice Groups, the Bureau’s attorneys are generalists who handle a wide variety of cases and substantive issues including constitutional challenges to statutes enforced or regulations promulgated by their client agencies; labor and employment litigation emanating from their client agencies’ role as employers; challenges to administrative decisions and determinations made by their client agencies under state law; and civil rights litigation, such as First Amendment retaliation, Fourth Amendment excessive force or Fourteenth Amendment due process claims, generated from their client agencies’ core functions.
The Bureau’s cases are often high profile, frequently present complex questions of constitutional law and statutory and regulatory interpretation, and generally have significant policy and financial implications for the State. The Bureau, the largest within the OAG, offers a diverse and stimulating litigation practice with attorneys handling all phases of litigation from inception through trial and having frequent opportunities to appear in court.
Suitable candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:
- At least two (2) years of civil litigation experience in federal and New York state courts;
- Superb legal analysis, legal writing and editing, and oral advocacy skills;
- Outstanding organizational, interpersonal communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills;
- Excellent technological skills, including knowledge of and experience with various computer software programs and case management and electronic discovery platforms; and
- Prior complex litigation and trial experience are preferred, but not required.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. Admission to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York is preferred. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that OAG attorneys be citizens of the United States. A two (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.
OAG employees serve more than 19 million state residents through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State.
How To Apply
Applications are being received online. To apply, please click on the following link: LIT_NYC_AAG_3368
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
- Cover Letter (You may address to Legal Recruitment);
- List of three (3) references with contact information and email addresses;
- Most recent transcript (if less than 5-years postgraduate); and
- Provide two (2) writing samples; please upload these as one document using the field provided.
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 212-416-8080.