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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.
The primary duties include manage assigned cases including pre-trial and client preparation, interviews and witness presentation, and expert selection; draft discovery and take depositions; draft motions, briefs, and legal memoranda; ensure legal responses are compliant with statutory guidelines; and report on case status including strategy, risk assessment, and appeal analysis.
Attend all court hearings, depositions, meetings, conferences, and other required events associated with assigned cases, and represent the agency in court.
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 Doctorate degree.
2. In addition to .#1, must have five (5) years of experience as a practicing attorney performing corporate transactional or litigation functions, preferably in public transportation or the railroad industry, managing one or more of the following: real estate contracts, procurement, general municipal and/or special district law, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Open Meetings Act (OMA), ethics, Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) matters, or litigation, with at least one law division jury trial to verdict as first chair and at least two law division jury trials as second chair.
3. Experience as a team leader or supervisor is a plus.
4. Must be a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois.
5. Must register with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois.
6. Comprehensive knowledge of:
- standard legal concepts and court room procedures..
- the State of Illinois practice laws, as well as municipal, state, and federal rules and regulations preferably related to public transportation and administration.
7. Working knowledge of:
- procurement, real estate, and land use concepts.
- computer-based legal research, techniques, and tools such as Westlaw or other legal research services.
8. Proficient in Microsoft 365 with emphasis in Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- interviewing, investigation, and witness preparation skills.
- research skills with extraordinary attention to detail.
- oral and written communications and organization skills.
10. Strong analytical skills including an understanding of how to integrate facts, law, and theory.
11. Able to:
- work independently or in a team and manage multiple projects.
- lead project teams and manage multiple tasks in a cost-effective manner.
- work with sensitive information while maintaining strict confidentiality.
- conduct legal research, apply learned and practical knowledge, analyze various problems to determine risks.
- prepare detailed and accurate legal documents, take depositions, present witnesses, and retain experts.
- lift and move up to 20 pounds.
- possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel within and outside of Metra’s 6-county region.
- be available to work flexible hours in the early morning, late afternoon, evenings, or weekends.
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.