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Date: Aug 23, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32309

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Requisition No: 428745 

Agency: Department of Law Enforcement

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 71000037

Position Number: 71000037 

Salary:  $64,314.12 

Posting Closing Date: 09/17/2021 


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) employs more than 1,900 members statewide – either at headquarters in Tallahassee or in one of seven regional operations centers (ROCs). Services are delivered by five key areas: Executive Direction and Business Support; Investigations and Forensic Science; Florida Capitol Police; Criminal Justice Information Services; and Criminal Justice Professionalism. Click here for additional information about FDLE.


To promote public safety and strengthen domestic security by providing services in partnership with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies to prevent, investigate, and solve crimes while protecting Florida’s citizens and visitors. 


To be considered as a potential candidate, you must meet the minimum qualifications(s) listed below. Degrees must be from an accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


    1. A member of the Florida Bar for two or more years; and

    2. A minimum of two years of legal work experience.


Incumbent is an attorney within the Office of General Counsel of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), with primary responsibility to handle all legal issues related to the FDLE’s obligations under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.852, (Capital Post Conviction Public Records Production). This position coordinates the receipt, processing and responses to notifications to produce records and demands for records in criminal post-conviction death penalty cases. In addition, this position is responsible for providing assistance on legal issues related to FDLE’s obligations under Chapter 119, Florida Statutes (Public Records Law). Preference will be given to applicants with experience as a Florida criminal prosecutor and/or civil litigation experience. From time to time, the incumbent may be assigned legal training and presentation responsibilities. Incumbent is based in Tallahassee in the FDLE Headquarters Building. In-state travel by car may be required. Must have good computer skills, in particular, Microsoft Word, use of Adobe Acrobat and PowerPoint. Must be an effective communicator and have a practical and workable understanding of the Florida criminal justice system, Florida Statutes and the Florida Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedures. Must have the ability to effectively work under occasional stressful deadlines or circumstances. Must be able to clearly articulate and advocate one's position verbally and in writing.


Administrative and appellate experience is a plus, but not required. All applicants must submit a completed State of Florida employment application via the People First System, specifically identifying required experience and current salary. Public records law experience must be detailed either on the application or by a supplement thereto. In addition, applicants must attach a resume and legal writing sample demonstrating applicant's ability to articulate his or her legal position to the State of Florida employment application. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Position will be filled at a salary of no more than $64,314.12.


Starting salary will be the minimum of the class pay range, unless otherwise dictated by FDLE’s pay policy. FDLE is a State of Florida Employer and offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave;
  • HMO and PPO health insurance options with premiums starting as low as $50 per month;
  • $25,000 in automatic life insurance coverage;
  • Multiple supplemental insurance options including: dental, vision, disability and more;
  • Pension and investment retirement plan options;
  • Tax deferred medical and child care reimbursement accounts; and
  • State of Florida Tuition Waiver Program. 


You will be evaluated for this job based on your previous knowledge and experience. Additional reviews may be performed to screen for preferred qualifications, experience and education. Your qualifications will be based on knowledge, skills, and abilities and other elements relevant to this position supported by the information in your application. Qualifying questions will only be credited if verifiable by the information provided on your application including specifically required software/computer skills. You may be contacted to participate in a selection process which may consist of written exercises, work samples, skills tests, and interviews.  You may be notified by email to participate in a selection process. Failure to reply within a designated timeframe may exclude you from further consideration. Future vacancies may be filled from this position advertisement.  


FDLE requires an extensive background process of all recommended applicants. The elements of a background include: financial credit check, criminal history of applicant and applicant’s immediate family or roommates, personal references, employment and education verifications (which includes official transcript(s)), drug screen and fingerprinting.  This information will be utilized to make the final hiring decision.


  1. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:
  2. If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be cancelled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 

The State of Florida hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.


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