Attorney I

City of Avondale Avondale, AZ, USA
Start Date 08/02/2021
130,261.34 Full-Time
Attorney I

Attorney I, Arizona

The City of Avondale has an opportunity for an Attorney I assigned to the City Attorney's Office. This is a full-time exempt position with benefits.

Job Description

Provides legal advice to a city department, creates transactional and other documents perform legal research, and represents the city in litigation and administrative procedures.  

Essential Functions

  • Prepares, reviews and negotiates contracts, intergovernmental agreements, deeds, leases and prepares draft ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents.
  •  Provides legal advice, prepares legal opinions and memorandums for the guidance of the city departments, employees, and management.
  •  Provides legal representation for all non-judicial claims against the City and its employees including investigation, legal research, and negotiations with claimants.
  •  Provides contact with citizens and other attorneys including writing letters, telephone calls, and personal meetings to respond to complaints and requests for information.
  • Attends and provides legal advice at Board, Commission, and City Council meetings, as directed.
  • Remains appraised of current court decisions and legislation and advises relevant City departments of the effects of that development on City business.
  •  Analyzes claims by or against the City prepares civil court cases and negotiates settlements when so directed.

Job Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law.
  • Current membership in the Arizona State Bar Association
  • Valid Arizona Operator's Driver's License.

Knowledge of:

  • Municipal or public law. Local, state, and federal law particularly about City government
  • The principles, practices, methods, materials, and references utilized in legal research, including electronic research.
  • Microsoft Office products and other related technologies.

Ability to:

  • Analyze, assess, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents and present such material in a clear and logical form.
  • Identify the alternative course of action and their respective legal impacts and make pertinent decisions and recommend options.
  • Present oral and written information clearly and concisely, using proper sentence construction, grammar, punctuation, and citation to legal authority.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Work independently on complex legal issues and problems.  
  • Simultaneously manage multiple projects and use good judgment in prioritizing work assignments.
  • Independently draft and edit documents on a computer.
  • Establish and maintain effective relations with city officials, city staff, and the general public.

Supplemental Information

  • Work requires the ability to read legal statutes and ordinances, legal books, and memorandums.
  • Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Work requires the ability to write legal motions, appeals, special actions, and advisory memorandums.
  • Work is widely varied, involving analyzing and evaluating many complex and significant variables. City-wide policies, procedures, or precedents are developed and/or recommended.

The incumbents in this position shall establish ongoing contact with others within the organization.  These contacts involve similar work units or departments within the City such as the Mayor, City Council, and City Administration which is involved in decision making or providing approval or decision-making authority for purchases, projects, and policies.  The incumbents must build positive relationships and earn the confidence of City elected officials and staff as well as citizens. Working closely with other elected officials and their staff is required from the local, regional, and federal levels of government.  In addition, these incumbents work with individuals outside the City who may belong to professional or peer organizations.   Vendors and suppliers may also be called upon for information on purchases, supplies, or products.  Meetings and discussions may be conducted with customers, sales representatives, and the general public.  The employee must maintain regular attendance. Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner. 


  • The City of Avondale offers a comprehensive and competitive total compensation package.
  • For detailed information on the City of Avondale's benefits, visit

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