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Date: Jul 9, 2020

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Requisition No: 88121 

Agency: Department of Corrections


Position Number: 70028987 

Salary:  $64,000 - $68,000 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 08/06/2020 


Senior Attorney - 700028987

This advertisement is for a Selected Exempt Services (SES) position located in the Office of the General Counsel in Tallahassee, Florida.

Salary Rate: $64,000 - $68,000 annually



  • Represent the Department of Corrections before federal and state courts and administrative bodies in all matters related to such representation, including, but not limited to;
  • Reviewing the evidence.
  • Researching the law.
  • Drafting pleadings and memoranda.
  • Conducting and responding to discovery.
  • Preparing and interviewing witnesses.
  • Providing legal representation at hearings and trials.
  • Writing appellate pleadings, and representing the agency at appellate oral arguments.
  • Attend mediation and settlement conference sessions
  • Provide legal advice, opinions and assistance regarding issues primarily concerning civil litigation, subpoenas and public records as well as other issues as needed.
  • Coordinate document/record production.
  • Review written materials for legal sufficiency.
  • Review, analyze and draft proposed legislation; render legal opinions concerning the application of state and federal statutes and administrative rules.
  • This position will be responsible for providing legal opinions to agency policy heads and agency field staff primarily concerning matters involving civil litigation including discovery issues, public records and record production issues, service and issuance of subpoenas and summonses and other day-to-day legal issues.
  • Representing the Department of Corrections and its’ officials before state and federal courts and administrative bodies;
  • The incumbent will be responsible for all matters related to such representation, including, but not limited to, reviewing the evidence, researching the law, drafting pleadings and memoranda; conducting and responding to discovery, preparing and interviewing witnesses, providing legal representation at the trial or hearing, writing appellate pleadings, and representing the agency at appellate oral arguments;
  • Attending mediation and settlement conference sessions;
  • Monitoring a large caseload of both state and federal civil cases.
  • Coordinating document/record production;
  • Preparing and reviewing legal pleadings in civil and administrative actions at trial and appellate level;
  • Reviewing written materials for legal sufficiency;
  • Serving as legal advisor to department administrators;
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and drafting proposed legislation;
  • The incumbent will also be expected to render legal opinions concerning the application of state and federal statues and administrative rules;
  • Expected to perform other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel;
  • The incumbent in this position gives legal advice and assistance on a daily basis regarding issues generated by employees, inmates, probationers, parolees and/or the public;
  • The incumbent will handle telephone and written requests from agency staff for legal assistance, and will conduct legal research and issue legal opinions, as needed;
  • Reviewing agency procedures;
  • The incumbent in this position will be responsible for handling matters which are legally complex and/or sensitive in nature, as well as routine assignments;
  • The General Counsel’s office represents the Department, as garnishee, in garnishment proceedings.


  • Knowledge of civil rights and tort litigation
  • Basic working knowledge of open government and public records law; ethics, constitutional law, rules of civil procedure and the law regarding the issuance and service of subpoenas
  • Good research and writing skills
  • Knowledge of legal terminology;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of jurisprudence;
  • Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure;
  • Knowledge of civil law and procedure, including, but not limited to, civil rights and tort litigation;
  • Knowledge of court proceedings;
  • Knowledge of  constitutional law, public records laws and the laws regarding the service and issuance of subpoenas;
  • Skill in writing and research;
  • Ability to communicate effectively;
  • Ability to research, summarize and provide advice on disparate legal issues as needs dictate;
  • Ability to clearly explain the facts of a case and the legal issues involved;
  • Ability to provide legal counsel.
  • Ability to manage and monitor a large caseload of both state and federal cases.


  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar in good standing;
  • Must possess at least two (2) years of experience as an attorney;
  • Must possess litigation experience.


  • Membership in the Federal District Courts.

Support of knowledge, skills, and abilities should be demonstrated on the application, in the education, in the work experience, in the work sample, in the interview and/or during reference checks.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above indicated qualification and have the desired education, knowledge and experience, please submit a State of Florida Application and resume through the People First system. If you experience problems applying on-line, please call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the closing date.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee