The City of Chicago Law Department Seeks Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel in the AERC Division

The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel in the AERC Division to represent the City in procurement matters primarily relating to construction and infrastructure issues. The Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel of the AERC Division, and will be given a high level of responsibility for handling complex transactional matters, including handling and supervising any transactional work, analyzing proposed transactions for compliance with law, advising City departments on transactional matters and legal compliance, and reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts for the purchase of work/services (including construction and professional services), as well as reviewing and drafting proposed legislation. This position will be responsible for meeting client departments’ legal needs relating to construction and infrastructure not only on the front end on procurement issues, but also during the life of the projects, through close-out and beyond. This position will not handle or supervise litigation, but will be expected to handle and supervise pre-litigation claim and dispute resolution, and to provide support to litigators in construction and contract litigation.


Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school on or before May 2003, admission to the Illinois Bar (or another state bar having reciprocity with Illinois) and a minimum of eight (8) years of experience as a licensed, practicing attorney, including a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a licensed, practicing attorney handling construction and other transactional matters. At least five (5) years of previous supervisory experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Superior writing, research and editing skills; exceptional client counseling and organizational skills; excellent critical and analytical thinking and negotiation skills; the ability to work well with others; demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks; and demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines.

Application Process and Materials:

There is a two-step application process for this position.

Step One: To apply for this position, you must submit an on-line application on the City of Chicago’s webpage by no later than March 16, 2012.

Step Two: In addition to the on-line application, the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to the City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter,30   North LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

– cover letter explaining how you meet the above qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities;

– copy of your resume;

– law school transcript;

– copy of your ARDC card; and

– two writing samples.

The foregoing materials must be submitted in person or postmarked on or before March 21, 2012; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.