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Deputy Corporation Counsel – Torts Division

Website City of Chicago, Law Department

The City of Chicago’s Law department is seeking an attorney for the position of Deputy Corporation Counsel in the Torts Division. This position is responsible for overseeing the operations of the division, which comprises approximately 28 attorneys, 17 support staff, and the department’s claims unit. Job responsibilities include division case management and litigation strategy development.

The Torts Division defends the City and its employees in personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, and workers’ compensation claims. The Division represents virtually every City department and handles a broad range of cases, including slip and falls, medical, nursing, and paramedic malpractice, police pursuits, defamation, infrastructure design, construction defects, mass casualty, property demolition, and 9-1-1 malfeasance. The Torts Division maintains an extremely active motion and trial practice.

Some of the essential duties of the position include, but are not limited to: planning and establishing division goals and objectives; evaluating division operations; preparing operational and administrative reports summarizing division activities; directing the coordination and preparation of the division’s annual budget; participating in the development of legal policies and procedures for client departments; monitoring and prioritizing division workload to ensure incoming cases are assigned based on legal experience and are handled expeditiously; analyzing legislation and court rulings relative to existing tort law and city policies; preparing settlement authorization requests; authorizing settlements; approving the hiring of expert witnesses; providing legal and practical answers to division attorneys’ questions on strategic, tactical, and emergency issues; answering emergency and other inquiries from client departments; instructing City employees in risk-management techniques and applicable statutory and common law; conducting federally mandated Medicare filing; keeping up to date on all statutory changes and common law opinions regarding torts practice; instituting progressive discipline for underperforming division employees; filing motions and trying cases in complex civil torts litigation.

• Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705)
• Minimum of ten (10) years of experience as a licensed, practicing attorney with progressively responsible legal and managerial experience
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