San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

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at San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Pay: up to $4016402.00/year
90869.00 to 154477.00 biweekly
Posted: 10/25/2017
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 54
Categories: Legal
Keywords: legal, law, contracts

Job Description

Under direction of the General Counsel of the Authority, performs a wide range of legal services of a routine to complex nature in representing the Authority; provides advice and counsel to Authority managers and staff; conducts legal research and drafts legal documents; represents the Authority in civil litigation and administrative hearings; and performs related duties as assigned.

An Attorney provides legal advice and counsel to Authority management on issues of varying complexity and Authority impact, involving a broad range of legal matters affecting public agencies and special authorities as well in specialized areas of legal expertise. An incumbent will assist on or represent the Authority in court or before administrative bodies on standard cases of appropriate difficulty, sensitivity or consequence to the Authority.

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

  1. Conducts research on legal issues, federal and state statutory and case law, Federal and State regulations and administrative interpretations; writes research memoranda and conclusions; drafts resolutions and ordinances ranging from routine to highly complex; prepares oral and written legal opinions for Authority managers and staff; drafts, reviews and finalizes legal documents and instruments; reviews and approves contracts and agreements; drafts explanatory memoranda on legal implications of complex issues; reviews departmental documents for legal sufficiency.
  2. Provides legal information and advice to departments on a wide range of legal issues of varying difficulty and complexity; conducts risk assessments and identifies areas of potential liability; conducts research of various regulatory and statutory schemes and develops strategies for addressing issues; provides advice and direction to ensure Authority compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; determines potential causes of action and develops strategies for cost recovery claims; develops creative solutions to legal issues and problems to satisfy differing policy objectives; determines priorities and timelines for the resolution of numerous competing legal issues.
  3. Assists in representing or represents the Authority in civil litigation and administrative hearings held by local, state and federal agencies; performs all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate work; assists in or develops litigation strategy and alternatives, prepares briefs, drafts pleadings, motions and arguments; propounds or responds to requests for discovery and depositions in preparation for presentation of assigned cases; files motions and briefs; represents the Authority in court on cases in full or in arguing motions and presenting other matters before the court; consults with legal staffs of other entities when joint cases or issues of mutual interest are litigated; when outside counsel is used, assists by providing support to facilitate discovery, monitors case status and audits bills for legal fees for reasonableness.
  4. Assists in or advises department directors, managers, supervisors and employees on their role in litigation, their responses to the public and media regarding legal issues and litigation and preparation for testimony in court and in administrative hearings.
  5. Guides, educates, and assists administrative personnel and law clerks in the performance of their work within the Office of the General Counsel. Conducts California Bar-recognized Continuing Legal Education courses.
  6. Provides training to management and staff on legal issues, including required ethics training to Board Members, the President/CEO, and Vice Presidents.
  7. Analyzes proposed federal and state legislation and regulations for impacts on Authority policies, practices and operations; prepares reports of findings and conclusions; recommends revisions, amendments and other actions.
  8. Negotiates settlements to litigation, claims and disputes; participates with departments in negotiating and drafting complex tenant lease agreements and contracts and agreements for acquisition, use and/or development of Authority property and facilities.
  9. Responds to public records requests; provides interpretations of legal provisions to citizen, media and public official requests.
  10. Assists other attorneys in assigned phases of legal work on complex litigation; answers correspondence and responds to inquiries on legal matters related to Authority business, as assigned; consults with legal staffs of member cities and other public agencies regarding legal issues facing the Authority.


Required Skills

Knowledge of:

  1. Principles and practices of civil and administrative law, especially as they relate to special authorities in the State of California. 
  2. Effective strategies, practices and techniques in the conduct of negotiations and litigation.
  3. Pleadings and effective practices and techniques in the presentation of court cases.
  4. Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  5. The organization of the Authority, including the functions and interrelationships of its divisions and departments. 
  6. Principles, methods and techniques of legal research and investigation.
  7. State and federal law and regulation, court decisions and other legal requirements applicable to Authority functions, operations and personnel.
  8. Principles and practices of legal communication.

Ability to:

  1. Prepare clear, concise and competent legal briefs, opinions, resolutions, contracts, agreements, leases, deeds, reports, correspondence, proposed legislation, and other written materials.
  2. Define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives, and develop sound conclusions and recommendations.
  3. Present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically.
  4. Exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal parameters.
  5. Interpret state and federal laws, regulations, legislation, and constitutional provisions affecting applicable Authority operations.
  6. Represent the Authority effectively in hearings, courts of law, negotiations and meetings.
  7. Use a high degree of tact, discretion and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive situations and concerned or upset individuals.
  8. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of Authority management and staff, officials of other governmental agencies, outside counsel, litigants, tenants, other Authority customers and stakeholders, and others encountered in the course of work.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
Current membership in good standing in the State Bar of California and admission to practice before State of California and federal courts.

A valid Class C California driver''s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Authority''s vehicle insurance program.

Required Experience

A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation with a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school; at least three years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, preferably in a governmental setting; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.



It is the policy of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, SDCRAA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.