The City of Chicago’s Law Department Seeking Attorney for Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Real Estate Division

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in the RE Division to represent the City in eminent domain proceedings, zoning board of appeals contests, Special Assessment Area collections issues, and general litigation. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will work independently, though under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel of the RE Division. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will be given a high level of responsibility for prosecuting City eminent domain matters, including reviewing appraisals, preparing letters, filing complaints, motion practice, discovery and use of expert witnesses, preparing settlement agreements and, if necessary, trial. The Assistant Corporation Counsel should also have the transactional skills needed to close a purchase when the case settles through a voluntary settlement, including drafting a purchase and sale agreement and preparing ancillary closing documents. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will also prepare briefs on behalf of the City in defending decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Assistant Corporation Counsel will also be responsible for assisting the Department of Transportation in the administration of Special Assessment Areas.


Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705) on or before May 2007 and a minimum of four (4) years of experience as a licensed, practicing attorney.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Superior drafting, writing, research and editing skills
  • The ability to counsel clients on the procedures and risks associated with takings
  • The ability to manage a docket full of cases so as to meet all appearance and filing deadlines
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks
  • 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 June 1, 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 N. LaSalle Street,   Suite 1640, Chicago, IL60602:

  • Cover letter explaining how you meet the above qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Copy of your ARDC card (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent)

NOTE: The foregoing hard copy materials must be submitted in person or postmarked on or before June 6, 2012; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the online application submission deadline is June 1, 2012 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is June 6, 2012. 

If an applicant chooses to submit a writing sample containing confidential or privileged information, the applicant must identify the steps taken (redactions, name changes or consent from the client or employer) to preserve the confidential or privileged nature of the document.