The Law Department is seeking a highly talented and experienced litigator to join its litigation unit reporting to the Assistant General Counsel of Litigation. The successful candidate must have at least five years of civil litigation experience practicing in New York and/or New Jersey. They will be expected to work both independently and cooperatively handling cases from inception to conclusion, including trials and appeals.
Experience developing commercial and general civil litigation strategy, taking and defending depositions, making court appearances, preparing motions, conducting jury trials, and drafting and arguing appeals is required. Areas of practice include contracts, real estate, landlord tenant, bankruptcy, employment discrimination (Title VII), labor, personal injury, property damage, civil rights (ADA, ADEA, 42 USC §§ 1981 and1983, 14th Amendment, etc.), administrative proceedings, FELA, environmental (state and federal), and insurance.
The selected candidate will work collaboratively with other attorneys and non-attorney staff within and outside of the Law Department in defending the agency’s position in litigated matters. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Analyzing assigned matters and developing litigation strategy after reviewing applicable law and facts, meeting with necessary witnesses, and handling matters from inception through trial, and when necessary, engaging in appellate practice.
- Reviewing and digesting pertinent documents, including complex contracts and real estate agreements in order to fully understand the Port Authority’s role and responsibilities in contested matters.
- Drafting pleadings based on in-depth research of the issues and knowledge of the facts to ensure they accurately and adequately represent the agency’s position and support the litigation strategy.
- Attending to internal and external deadlines to ensure they are met and all necessary steps are taken in a timely manner in furtherance of the litigation strategy.
- Addressing issues and offering advice to staff on related litigation matters, as needed.
- Analyzing and resolving issues of federal and state law applicable to the agency and its operations and rendering advice to Port Authority staff about such issues.
- Working with responsible persons in the Law Department and other departments to identify, address and resolve legal issues on other substantial matters.
- Fostering and maintaining close communication and interaction with all levels of agency staff, within and outside of the Law Department.
- Promoting the Port Authority’s policies on diversity and inclusion in the working with staff and retaining outside experts and consultants.
- Managing a caseload to meet deadlines and avoid conflicts in scheduling
Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:
- Law degree from a top tier or highly regarded law school.
- Member of the Bar in good standing in New York and/or New Jersey.
- Must have at least five years of increasingly responsible experience in handling litigated matters of substantial importance.
Ideal candidates will present the following profile:
- Demonstrated ability to work in a high-pressured, time-sensitive environment with respect to legal matters.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and to prioritize concurrent assignments within strict deadlines.
- Superior communication skills both in terms of the courtroom and agency settings, including demonstrated experience interacting effectively and establishing working relationships.
- Ability to train and mentor attorneys with different skill levels.
- Demonstrated proficiency in effectively persuading and negotiating with individuals at various levels of the organization to achieve desired outcomes.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.
- Demonstrated problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Excel, One Drive, Outlook, PowerPoint, Share Point, Word), as well as Adobe Acrobat (and familiarity with document/matter management systems).
- Superior writing skills as demonstrated in legal memoranda, correspondence and reports concerning litigation matters.
- Ability to handle emergency litigation matters such as orders to show cause, and preliminary injunction hearings.
- Ability to handle trials where there is substantial exposure for the Port Authority in a manner that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the case and a high standard of professionalism.
Compensation & Benefits
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.
How To Apply
Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.
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About The Port Authority
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.