Associate Counsel

Washington D.C.
Jun 21, 2018
Jun 27, 2018
Full Time
Job Description

Department Marketing Statement:

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of General Counsel is seeking an attorney to provide legal advice and counsel, and draft and review legal documents.  A J.D. and current license to practice law (if not in the District of Columbia, must apply for DC bar within 60 days of hire) are required.  Applicants should have at least four years of experience in legal issues arising from DOT and/or FTA compliance programs (EEO, DBE, Title VI and Drug and Alcohol Testing), employment (e.g. ADA, Title VII, FLSA, FMLA, whistleblowing) and/or labor matters. The attorney will also furnish legal services, as directed, in other matters within the jurisdiction of the Office of General Counsel. 



Graduation from an accredited law school with LL.B or J.D. degree. 


A minimum of four (4) years of demonstrated progressively responsible experience in legal research, writing, document drafting, and counseling and/or representation in cases in the substantive law related to areas of assigned responsibility.


For positions involving litigation responsibilities: Must be licensed to practice law before local and federal courts in the District of Columbia, and meet all qualifications to obtain a license to practice law before state and local courts in either Maryland or Virginia, and apply for that license within 60 days of hire.

For other positions: Must be licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia. In the alternative, must have a license to practice law in Maryland, Virginia or another state, apply for a license to practice law in the District of Columbia within 60 days of hire and comply with the rules regarding practice of law in the District of Columbia (currently Court of Appeals Rule 49).

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.


This is a mid-level professional position involving the furnishing of legal services to a public transit agency on matters within the jurisdiction of the Office of General Counsel.  The incumbent provides verbal and written legal advice, drafts and reviews legal documents and/or engages, with minimal supervision, in civil and administrative litigation and litigation support arising from the management and operation of the Authority’s programs. The incumbent generally performs work of intermediate complexity and, with supervision, on more complex matters.  The incumbent receives work guidance from Senior Counsels on a less frequent basis than an Assistant General Counsel.  The incumbent provides work guidance to Assistant Counsels under the supervision of Senior and Chief Counsels. 


Conducts legal research and prepares verbal and written opinions and/or engages in civil and administrative litigation and litigation support on legal issues of intermediate complexity arising in areas of assigned responsibility with more independence and latitude for independent judgment and action than an Assistant Counsel. 

Drafts and reviews legal documents under the guidance of a Senior and/or Chief Counsel.

Provides and presents legal advice to General Counsel.

Represents the Authority in transactions with outside organizations and persons concerning legal issues and/or represents the Authority in jury and non-jury cases in the federal and state courts of the District of Columbia, Maryland and/or Virginia, and administrative matters and adjudications in these jurisdictions.

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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