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City of Chicago Department of Law – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Torts Division Job Number: 320716

City of Chicago Department of Law – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Torts Division Job Number: 320716 (posted 7/25/19 closes 8/16/19)

The City of Chicago Department of Law is hiring. Please share the following job opportunity with your association/organization members, and any colleagues you think might be interested. Additional information can be found within the actual posting at  Applications must be submitted in accordance with the posting below. No email applications will be accepted.

The City of Chicago is a diverse organization and welcomes diverse applicants.

DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Torts Division

Number of Vacancies:  1

The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Torts Division.  Attorneys in the Torts Division have an active litigation and trial practice.  The Assistant Corporation Counsel’s work will be in either its personal injury defense or workers’ compensation practice area, depending on the experience and interests of the applicant and the current needs of the Division.  Attorneys in either area will work with a variety of City Departments and be responsible for their own individual docket of cases.

The personal injury defense work involves representing the City and its employees primarily in state court.  Torts attorneys have an intensive discovery and motion practice, retain and depose medical and other experts, engage in hearings and jury trials, and make recommendations and participate in settlement negotiations.

The workers’ compensation defense work involves analyzing claims and medical records, writing motions and draft opinions, taking medical depositions and presenting experts, making recommendations and negotiating settlements, conducting hearings and trials before arbitrators and the Illinois Industrial Commission, and representing the City in appeals to the Circuit Court of Cook County.

The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found (Job Number: 320716).



Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2018 and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ideal candidates will possess:


  • Self-starter with the ability to take initiative as demonstrated by past achievements and leadership;
  • Interest and/or experience in litigation and trial work and/or workers’ compensation;
  • Superior communication skills;
  • Exceptional research and writing skills;
  • Ability to work well with others and manage workflow and deadlines; and
  • Class rank in the top 40% of his or her graduating law school class.

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before August 16, 2019.

Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at by August 16, 2019.

Step Two: In addition to the on-line application, and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application,the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent).

Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person (interoffice delivery of application materials will not be accepted) or received via U.S. Mail or another similar mailing method (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) at the address noted above on or before August 16, 2019; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.  Should you wish to confirm receipt of your materials, please use a traceable delivery method.

NOTE REGARDING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references with your hard copy materials.  Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above.  Submission of references and/or additional materials with your hard copy materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the submission deadline for BOTH the online application and the hard-copy material is August 16, 2019.

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources.  Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process.  Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.

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