Job Summary: In a dynamic and evolving legal office at the heart of many critical decisions and all litigation related to Milwaukee County, the Office of Corporation Counsel seeks a senior-level managing attorney with experience supervising attorneys, to oversee the OCC’s entire civil litigation team, including internal and outside counsel, assign and coordinate staffing of litigation matters, and handle a litigation caseload on behalf of Milwaukee County before federal and state courts. Advise various County administrative bodies and elected officials on a wide swath of transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters, work cooperatively to find forward-looking, operationally-responsive solutions to complex challenges identified by client departments.
The County’s mission is to become the healthiest county in Wisconsin by achieving racial equity. Racial justice is part of the OCC’s day-to-day work. The ideal candidate will have significant management experience, government or inside counsel experience, and understand the interactions between multiple business units and among various decision makers within a large organization, the required diplomacy and analytical flexibility required to assist clients efficiently and effectively. The Deputy manages the day-to-day performance of the litigation team including providing direction with case and matter strategy. The Deputy is responsible for ensuring that team goals are created, communicated, and met. The Deputy, along with the OCC Management Team, participates in OCC personnel decisions.
Please note that the Office of Corporation Counsel is seeking a Deputy Corporation Counsel with robust civil litigation experience who can lead and manage the civil litigation team, who can provide sophisticated advisory opinions and responses in a challenging and dynamic environment, and, as needed, address contractual matters.
We are looking for an attorney with a calling to serve the public, with boundless good humor, intelligence, and patience, but most of all, a strong desire to take on important challenges that have a real and meaningful impact on Milwaukee County residents.
If you are looking for a chance to serve the public by taking a leadership role in OCC, to continue an established tradition of high-quality delivery of legal services in Milwaukee County, while being encouraged to bring forward opportunities for continued improvement, alongside a cordial and respectful group of colleagues, then this position is for you!
Required Skills and Abilities:
Management experience is a must, including the ability to stretch resources, assist others in professional development, establish and exceed data-driven performance benchmarks, etc.
Commitment to approach the work of the OCC to fulfill Milwaukee County’s Mission of becoming the healthiest county in Wisconsin by achieving racial equity.
Ability to communicate effectively with a wide swath of personalities in an “open government” setting.
Ability to provide complex testimony and to explain complex topics in straightforward, actionable lay terms in public, televised, governmental hearings with ease.
Ability to show deference to clients and their operational objectives.
Deep knowledge of federal and state civil procedures; Wisconsin state statues and case law; trial practices.
Experience with budgeting (experience managing outside counsel billing expenses preferred).
Ability to make independent legal decisions, conduct legal research; analyze and appraise facts and evidence and provide a clear strategy for case management and prioritization.
Trial skills a must-have, with ability to handle a high volume of a variety of work outside of casework, with flexibility and initiative and a dedication to positive outcomes.
Ability to find creative solutions to legal questions and related issues when clients and stakeholders may have differing interests.
Preferably, skills appropriate to take on contractual matters as needed.
Ability to work independently, effectively and harmoniously with others.
Good humor a must.
Interpersonal dealings with staff, citizens, county officials/employees and outside business are frequent and must be conducted in an ethical, professional manner.
Frequent internal and external communication; building strong working relationships internally and externally; high degree of authority in securing understanding and cooperation of multiple departments or interests.
Read, write and comprehend complex reports, procedures and/or government regulations; speak effectively before both internal and external groups; prepare and/or present written communications that pertain to complex topics.
Make decisions of responsibility daily, involving evaluation of information; decisions may require development or application of alternatives or precedents.
Difficult or complex work; generally governed by broad instructions and objectives usually involving frequently changing conditions and problems.
Knowledge of all related computer and software applications such as word processing and spreadsheets.
Knowledge and understanding of ESI and e-discovery a plus, as well as document management and case management software.
Knowledge of Wisconsin open meetings and public records laws a plus.
Exemplary writing skills required.
Internal Number: Req 2257
About Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel
Assistant Corporation Counsel - Civil
Whether it’s the beauty of our shoreline, the diversity of our communities, or the strength of our industry, we can all agree – Milwaukee County is a special place. We are made up of 19 different municipalities; from Oak Creek to Brown Deer, from Bayside to Franklin, and all throughout Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee County strives to provide the best services and government to all of its citizens.
The Health and Equity Framework is a showcase of how and why the mindset and approach to local government is shifting. With this framework as a guide, Milwaukee County’s strategic plan focuses on addressing the root causes of racial inequities: the policies and practices of our institution. Addressing the root causes that are contributing to inequities in the community will make sustainable, transformational change to the way our government does business, thereby driving Milwaukee County toward the vision of being the healthiest county in Wisconsin.
The Office of Corporation Counsel (OCC) sees the hiring of diverse talent as an extension of who we are. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the community of which we are part of and serve.