Assistant Counsel I or II (Workers' Compensation)

Washington D.C.
Feb 05, 2019
Mar 19, 2019
Full Time
Job Description

Department Marketing Statement

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of General Counsel is seeking an Assistant General Counsel I or II to join its workers’ compensation section.  The position requires a Juris Doctor and current D.C. Bar membership.

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated experience litigating workers’ compensation matters in the administrative commissions of the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia.
  • Demonstrated substantive knowledge of workers’ compensation law and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • At least one year of experience advising workers’ compensation claims adjusters and/or a third-party administrator.

The successful candidate must secure a MD or VA Bar membership within one year of employment

NOTE:  This position may be filled at Level I or II. 




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


A minimum of one year of 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 an entry-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 employee provides verbal and written legal advice, drafts, and reviews legal documents and/or engages, as directed, in civil and administrative litigation and litigation support arising from the management and operation of the Authority’s programs. The employee generally performs work on the least complex nature of matters in the Office and, with supervision, on more complex matters.  The employee receives work guidance from Associate and/or Senior Counsels on a frequent basis.


Conducts legal research and prepares relevant, clear and accurate verbal and written guidance and/or engages in civil and administrative litigation and litigation support on legal issues of minimal and intermediate complexity arising in areas of assigned responsibility. Performs work with direct and regular supervision.

Drafts and reviews legal documents under the direct guidance of Associate and Senior Counsels.

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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