Assistant General Counsel to Williamson County Commissioner's Court
Company: Williamson County
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Reports directly to the General Counsel of the Williamson County
Commissioners Court and provides legal representation to the
Williamson County Commissioners Court, governmental departments
serving under the Court and, periodically, various Williamson
County elected and appointed officials. Representation includes but
is not limited to a variety of local government law areas such as
litigation, transactional, and open governmental matters affecting
and concerning Williamson County.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
- Provides legal representation to defend Williamson County
and/or Williamson County officials in tort, civil rights,
employment and other litigation in State and Federal courts,
including conducting discovery/depositions, trials and
- Provides legal representation to Williamson County as plaintiff
or claimant in civil actions or claims for damages or monetary
recovery, including contract matters and contract litigation, as
well as other litigation in State and Federal courts, including the
drafting of petitions and conducting discovery/depositions, trials
- Consults with the Williamson County Commissioner's Court on
proposed claims resolutions and communicates with claimants or
attorneys representing claimants regarding claims, lawsuits and
- Performs sophisticated legal research and prepares high
priority legal opinions on complex legal issues for the Williamson
County Commissioners Court.
- Periodically acts as a liaison between the Williamson County
Commissioners Court, Williamson County's outside counsel and
Williamson County's insurance carriers.
- Periodically attends regular and executive sessions of the
Williamson County Commissioners Court and provides legal opinions
and advice on parliamentary procedure and contemplated actions of
the Williamson County Commissioners Court.
- Assists with providing legal advice and assistance on open
government matters (Texas Open Meetings Act and Texas Public
Information Act), including the drafting of legal briefs and
requests for rulings to the Attorney General of Texas.
- Assists with providing legal oversight and advice to the
Williamson County Purchasing Department relating to procurement
issues, laws and requirements, as well as providing legal review of
Williamson County bids and requests for proposals and
- Assists with drafting, reviewing, revising and negotiating
contracts to which Williamson County is a party to including county
roads, parks and building construction contracts; professional
services agreements for architectural, engineering, surveying and
consulting services; purchase agreements for services and goods;
inter local agreements between a multitude of federal, state and
local entities, etc.
- Assists with drafting, reviewing and amending policies and
resolutions to be recommended for adoption by the Williamson County
- Assists with providing legal counsel to Williamson County
- Conducts legal research and analysis in preparation for legal
opinions to the Williamson County Commissioners Court and
Williamson County officials upon request, including research and
analysis of employment / personnel issues.
- Provides legal advice and counsel to the Williamson County
Commissioner's Court regarding legal inquiries, authority and
- Assists the Williamson County Office of Emergency Management
during emergency and disaster situations.
- Communicates frequently with the Commissioners Court members
and other elected and appointed Williamson County officials,
department heads and employees, attorneys, and opposing
- Effectively and professionally corresponds and communicates
orally, in writing and by electronic mail, with Williamson County
elected and appointed officials, employees, and citizens.
- Perform related work and special projects as assigned by the
- Must readily comply with office and county-wide policies and
- The physical demands and environmental factors listed below, as
well as regular attendance and punctuality are also essential
functions of this position.
- Reports directly to General Counsel of the Williamson County
- Direct Reports - None.
- Position involves prolonged sitting at a desk or other
workstation, prolonged standing, prolonged reading, prolonged
visual examination of documents, reaching, walking, twisting,
bending and repetitive motions.
- Frequent communication to other Williamson County officials,
employees, outside agencies, and outside legal counsel.
- Some travel may be required to various Williamson County
offices and locations.
- Work is primarily indoors in an air-conditioned, smoke free
office / courtroom.
- Continual work at a computer keyboard (See Physical
- High stress, high pressure of deadlines, and case management
under limited time constraints.
- Doctor of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school.
- Admission in the State Bar of Texas.
- No prior history of disciplinary sanctions issued by any state
- Four (4) years of experience as an attorney in the practice of
law for a county, municipality or state governmental agency or five
(5) years of experience as an attorney in general civil, litigation
and transactional law.
- Comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of county, municipal, state,
federal and common law, including their relationship to the
authority and functions of a Texas county government.
- Ability to organize, interpret and apply difficult legal
principles, draft complex contracts and to analyze and address
complex legal problems using sound professional judgment, as well
as excellent research and writing skills.
- Ability to electronically produce all documents and
correspondence without assistance from paralegals or other
- Ability to use fax and copy machines without assistance.
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook,
Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Proven knowledge and experience using a computer and related
software applications, as well as legal databases such as
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication
- Ability to work effectively with co-workers, employees and
supervisors in a pleasant, professional manner.
- Must have strong organizational skills and a proven ability to
maintain accurate, detailed and confidential records.
- Strong analytical and communication skills are essential to
effectively and objectively advise and/or interact with personnel,
external agencies, and outside legal counsel on legal matters.
- Must be able to work under pressure in a high-volume office,
produce accurate work and meet established deadlines.
- Mature, dependable, resourceful, and able to work independently
and to maintain strict confidentiality.
- Maintain a valid driver's license and satisfactory motor
- Previous experience with public sector litigation, with
litigation relating to Texas counties being preferred.
- Seven (7) years of experience representing governing bodies of
local Texas governments, with representation of Texas commissioners
courts or city councils being preferred.
- Seven (7) years of civil litigation experience, including trial
experience and/or appellate work
- Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Western
District of Texas.
- Previous experience handling Texas Public Information Act
matters and Texas Open Meetings Act matters.
- A clear knowledge and understanding of contractual principals
and theory with previous experience handling transactional matters
for a local government, with such experience with Texas counties or
municipalities being preferred.
Employment is contingent on passing any post-offer
pre-employment screening as listed below:
- Criminal background check: Yes
- Motor Vehicle Record check: Yes
- Drug screening: No
- Physical exam: No
- Psychological exam: No
- Additional: N/A
- Work outside of the normal office hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.) may be required to meet deadlines and accuracy
- Essential Personnel for Emergency Situations - as designated
and requested by the General Counsel during emergency
TOBACCO FREE WORKPLACE POLICY
Williamson County is a tobacco free workplace. The use of
tobacco and non-tobacco products such as vapor, e-cigarettes and
the use of chewing tobacco or like products is prohibited on all
Williamson County premises. Employees who violate this policy are
subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including
termination of employment.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature
and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this
job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so
classified in this position. This job description is subject to
change as the needs and requirements of the job change.
Williamson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies
with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Uniformed Services
Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). If you require an
accommodation in order to apply for a position, please request
assistance from the Human Resources Department.
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