Attorney 3 - Litigation


May 19, 2023








Full-Time Hire



Starting Salary

$74,307 - $87,629


The Litigation Attorney performs professional legal work in the Litigation Section of the AOPC Legal Department and is responsible for providing legal representation for judges, district court administrators, and other judicial officials and agencies when facing legal action related to their official duties. With offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, the Legal Department provides advice and counsel to the PA Supreme Court, the state court administrator, state court judges, and UJS personnel on legal, administrative, and policy matters. AOPC/Legal - comprised of 12 attorneys and 5 paralegals/legal secretaries - includes three primary units. First, the Litigation Unit represents Pennsylvania court entities, judges, and state-paid court personnel in litigation matters, predominately in federal court, often testing state court sovereignty under the federal constitution. They provide advice to prevent litigation whenever possible but do not provide representation in criminal or disciplinary actions. Second, the Transactional Unit negotiates contracts and prepares and reviews documents respecting competitive procurements. They are also responsible for managing AOPC’s leasing portfolio. Third, the Information Technology Unit participates in planning and implementing the statewide case management systems and related programs, ensuring that the systems comply with all applicable laws and legal procedural requirements. They also serve as the primary point of contact with other agencies, organizations, and departments that work with AOPC to obtain information and data from AOPC’s various case management systems. In addition, they review legislation affecting Pennsylvania’s judiciary and guide on issues related to public access to court case records.

Primary Duties

  • Develops a case theory, interviews clients and witnesses, and advises litigation clients.
  • Drafts responses to suits, such as motions to dismiss, answers and affirmative defenses, motions for summary judgment, preliminary objections, motions to quash, and memoranda of law.
  • Researches relevant areas of law using electronic and traditional research tools.
  • Propounds and responds to discovery requests.
  • Deposes opposing parties and prepares clients for and defends depositions.
  • Negotiates and finalizes settlements and participates in mediation.
  • Argues motions in state and federal court.
  • Drafts Third Circuit and state appellate court briefs and presents oral arguments.
  • Responds to complaints before federal and state agencies (i.e., EEOC, DOJ, Court of Claims, Unemployment Compensation), including investigating claims and compiling documentation.
  • Advises clients on various issues, including employment issues, to prevent litigation.
  • Responds to subpoenas for documents or testimony, filing motions to quash where appropriate.
  • Prepares and presents conference and seminar programs for clients and others.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an ABA-approved law school. Admission to and in good standing before the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania PLUS
  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in professional legal work, with some experience in highly responsible and complex professional legal work.

Additional Requirements/Preferences

  • Some employment law experience, particularly with federal anti-discrimination laws preferred.
  • Some litigation experience in the federal courts, including civil rights, constitutional law, and employment law cases preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.
  • A satisfactory criminal background check is required.

Additional Information

  • Telework is available up to two days per week.
  • Excellent benefits program including comprehensive, low-cost medical, dental, vision, and prescription plans for employees and eligible family members beginning on the first day of employment; 13 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days, and 12+ paid vacation days per year; salary increases; student loan forgiveness plan; employee assistance programs; and retirement plans.
  • Free parking.

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