Senior Counsel (First Chair)

Washington D.C.
May 23, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Full Time
Job Description
Job Title: Senior Counsel (First Chair)
Job ID: 170263 Location: DC-Jackson Graham Bldg-2nd Fl
Posting Open-Close 05/22/2017
- 06/16/2017
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Union NRP
Regular/Temporary: Regular Job Description

Posting/Position Details:

All WMATA posted job openings are available through 11:59 pm the night before the noted Close Date. To ensure successful submission of application applicants are encouraged to apply well before this cut-off.  The noted Close Date is the date on which the posting is automatically removed from the website as of 12:00am at which time submission of an application is no longer possible. (WMATA reserves the right to remove postings at any time without notice as business needs demand.)



Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school with a good academic record.


A minimum of six (6) years of civil litigation experience.  Also trial experience including first chair experience, in state and federal courts.   


Active license to practice law in the District of Columbia, and for some positions admitted to practice before local and federal courts in the District of Columbia.  Licensed to practice law within one year after commencement of employment in Maryland or Virginia, and for some positions before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and before state and federal courts in either Maryland or Virginia, including the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.   Proven success in interpersonal skills, including working effectively with both internal and external professionals and the general public.

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required.  The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.


WMATA is a seeking a senior trial counsel with tort, personal injury, and complex civil litigation experience to join our dynamic legal department.  The successful candidate will have substantial trial experience, including first chair experience.  The candidate should have good and tested judgment, strong written and oral communications skills, and excellent technical legal skills and abilities.

This is a senior trial attorney position. The attorney will represent the Authority before courts and arbitration panels in various aspects of litigation.  The attorney will prepare pleadings, motions, statements, trial briefs and be involved in negotiating settlements.  The attorney will argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during trial.  The attorney will provide legal advice and counsel to management regarding legal issues.  The attorney receives minimal work guidance from Chief Counsels or the Deputy General Counsel.  The attorney provides guidance to Associate Counsels and Assistant Counsels as appropriate.

The attorney may serve as a subject matter expert for one or more internal business units.  The attorney may also mentor and train Associate Counsels and Assistant Counsels.  The attorney has significant opportunity for independent judgment and actions within established guidelines.


Litigates and tries civil cases, including personal injury, employment, Title VII, and commercial disputes, in state and federal courts, including the following:

Represents the Authority in arbitrations.

Argues motions.

Conducts discovery, including expert discovery.

Prepares pleadings, motions statements, and trial briefs.

Negotiates settlements.

Conducts or supervises legal research and prepares or oversees the preparation of verbal and written memoranda or opinions. 

Provides advice and counsel to management regarding legal issues.

Provides and presents legal advice to Chief Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel.

Mentors Associate and Assistant Counsel, particularly in their development of subject matter expertise.

Supports the Chief Counsel in developing, maintaining and nurturing positive relationships with business units to which the employee provides guidance and/or representation.

Develops, under the supervision of Chief Counsel or Deputy General Counsel, improvements to Authority policies and practices that minimize risk and maximize opportunities.


As requested, performs or leads special legal and administrative projects.

Supports the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Counsel in the management of outside counsel.

Provides input into the performance evaluations of Associate Counsel and Assistant Counsel, and paralegals and other support staff.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment.  It is not intended to replace the official job description.  Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview .

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