Assoc General Counsel - Ltgt
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Chicago, IL 60661
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United States of America
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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient service.
Metra’s Law Department’s core mission is to provide legal guidance and support to the Board of Directors, the executive team and every other department in the organization. The department focuses on preventing legal issues at every feasible level, as well as defending the agency’s position if issues arise.
The Law Department supports Metra’s transportation mission by guiding the agency through the myriad of restrictions and mandates of federal, state and local statutes, regulations, and ordinances.
The Department is comprised of three basic divisions: General Corporate/Ethics, Litigation and Risk Management, and Real Estate and Grants.
The Litigation Section of the Law Department handles a variety of matters on behalf of Metra and its employees in the state and federal courts including common law tort liability claims, FELA,OSHA claims and other work place claims, contract and lease disputes and civil rights claims.
Reporting directly to the Director, Litigation, oversees and represents Metra in legal actions in state and federal courts, primarily in Civil Rights, Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), personal injury matters, and insurance matters.
Defends and prosecutes assigned litigation files, both individually and on assigned litigation teams.
Advises other Metra departments on legal matters. Oversees and provides training for Metra attorneys, paralegals, and administrative staff and supervises outside counsel on Metra and Purchase of Service Agreement (PSA) cases.
Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential.
Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.
1. Must possess a Juris Doctor Degree.
2. Must have a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible litigation experience, including a minimum of ten (10) jury trials to verdict, five of which must involve more complex cases, such as serious personal injury.
3. Of the seven (7) required years of experience, must have experience with some or all matters involving FELA, personal injury, and civil rights.
4. Supervisory experience is required.
- possess and retain active status with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
- have strong and effective oral and written communication skills, and organizational skills.
- be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis in Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- have strong interpersonal skills in dealing with all levels of management, employees, external groups and/or organizations.
- be able to work independently and manage multiple projects in a demanding environment.
- be able to work with sensitive information while maintaining strict confidentiality.
- be available to work flexible hours in the early morning, late afternoon, evenings, or weekends.
- have the ability to analyze regulations, case law, and dispense succinct legal advice.
6. Extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local laws.
- Public transportation or commuter rail sector experience a plus.
Metra is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.