DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory and Contracts (“AERC”) Division

DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory and Contracts (“AERC”) Division


The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor/Senior in the AERC Division to represent the City in litigation and regulatory matters. The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor/Senior will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel and Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel of the AERC Division, and will handle and supervise litigation in federal and state court, and proceedings before administrative bodies, including the Department of Administrative Hearings, etc., including drafting pleadings and other court documents, taking and defending depositions and conducting other discovery, and handling oral arguments and evidentiary hearings, as well as supervising more junior attorneys on such tasks. The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor/Senior will also handle and supervise pre-litigation, client counseling and other matters, including analyzing proposed client transactions for compliance with regulatory requirements, conducting legal research, advising City departments on legal/regulatory requirements, reviewing and commenting on proposed ordinances and legislation, and responding to subpoenas and Freedom of Information Act requests, as well as supervising more junior attorneys on such tasks. The substantive areas of law will include, among others, commercial and construction matters, fraud and false claims ordinance cases, intellectual property, and regulatory matters. This position requires creativity, flexibility, and a willingness and ability to handle a wide variety of substantive areas.



Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705), and a minimum of eight (8) years of litigation experience as a licensed, practicing attorney.


Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Superior writing, researching and editing skills
  • Excellent analytical and communication (oral and writing) skills
  • Exceptional client counseling and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated academic achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred, but not required


Application Process and Materials

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


Step One: You must submit an on-line application for this position at by October 9, 2012.


Step Two:  In addition to the online application you must submit for this position, the following materials must also be submitted in hard copy to:  City of Chicago, Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 N. La Salle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602.


  • Cover letter which includes the Job Number as noted on the job posting and explains how you meet the qualifications listed above and your interest and/or experience in doing litigation and transactional work;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Copy of your ARDC card (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent)


NOTE:  The foregoing materials must be submitted in person or postmarked on or before October 16, 2012; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.


Please note that the online application submission deadline is October 9, 2012 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is October 16, 2012.


Writing Samples:

All writing samples submitted in consideration for employment must comply with the following criteria:

4.      Each writing sample submitted must be no less than five (5) pages and no more than twenty (20) pages.

5.      Each writing sample must be written by the applicant within two years of submission.

6.      Each writing sample must be accompanied by a cover page explaining:

a.      the sample’s original purpose, i.e., a writing class, moot court brief, memorandum for an employer;

b.      when and for whom the sample was written;

c.      the extent of editing by any third party;

d.      if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, identify that larger document and provide context, if necessary.

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.


See posting at for further information and to apply.