The City of Chicago’s Law Department is Seeking Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor/Senior Counsel for Federal Civil Rights Litigation (“FCRL”) Division

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor/Senior Counsel to direct attorneys in the FCRL Division. The Division defends sworn and civilian police personnel in federal and state lawsuits. These lawsuits concern alleged civil rights violations or state law liability claims based on allegations of police misconduct or abuse of authority. Division attorneys practice in both federal court and in the Circuit Court of Cook County and have a sophisticated and complex practice involving extensive motion practice, intensive discovery, settlement negotiations and trial practice. The Senior Counsel, working under the general supervision of the Division Chiefs and Deputy, handles and litigates higher exposure cases. In addition, the Senior Counsel has supervisory responsibilities with Assistant Corporation Counsels over all phases of their assigned cases throughout trial and post-trial motions, up to the appeal stage. The Senior Counsel will also act as a trial partner as the Division needs so require.


Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school on or before May 2006, admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705), and five years of progressively responsible legal experience as a licensed, practicing attorney.

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil law
  • Substantive knowledge and prior experience in the area of federal or state civil litigation
  • Completion of two to five jury trials
  • Superior writing, research and editing skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Deposition experience
  • Discovery experience including expert discovery experience
  • The ability to work well with and motivate others
  • The ability to exhibit leadership and initiative on assigned tasks
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines

See posting at website for further information and to apply.