AOPC - Litigation Attorney (20-04)


September 10, 2020








Full-Time Hire



Starting Salary

$62,010 - $73,368


An attorney in this position performs professional legal work in the Litigation Section of the Legal Department and is responsible for maintaining an independent caseload of moderate complexity providing legal representation for judges, District Court Administrators and other judicial officials and agencies when they are sued for performance of their official duties. The selected candidate will also serve as “second chair” in highly complex cases and conduct research to support other legal counsel. Work is performed independently under the direction of Litigation leadership.

Primary Duties

  • Develops theory of case, interviews clients and witnesses, and advises clients.
  • Drafts responses to suits, such as motions to dismiss, preliminary objections, motions for summary judgment, motions to quash, and memoranda of law.
  • Researches relevant areas of law using electronic and traditional research tools.
  • Propounds and responds to discovery requests.
  • Deposes opposing parties, witnesses and experts; prepares clients for and defends depositions.
  • Argues motions in state and federal court.
  • Drafts federal and state appellate court briefs and presents oral arguments.
  • Responds to discrimination complaints before agencies; compiles documentation and advises clients on employment issues.
  • Prepares witnesses for trial in state and federal courts; files pretrial memoranda; conducts voir dire; prepares proposed jury instructions, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, motions in limine, and memoranda of law.
  • Conducts trials, including post-trial motions.
  • Negotiates and finalizes settlements; participates in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Studies advance sheets, digests and newsletters to stay current in substantive and procedural law.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an ABA-approved school of law. Admission to and in good standing before the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
  • Two years of progressively responsible professional legal experience.

Additional Requirements/Preferences

  • Some employment law experience, particularly with federal anti-discrimination laws preferred.
  • Some litigation experience in the federal courts, including civil rights, constitutional law, and employment law cases preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check required.

Unified Judicial System Hiring Policy

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania recruits, employs, and promotes the most qualified applicants without regard to their political affiliation, race, color, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or other non-merit facts or considerations. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants with disabilities as may be necessary to ensure that all applicants are given a fair and equal opportunity to compete for all employment positions. Applicants who need accommodation for an interview should request so in advance. UJS hiring and employment policies and procedures are intended to conform to all applicable state and federal laws governing fair and non-discriminatory hiring and employment practices and are subject to change as necessary to remain in compliance with such laws.

Applicants requiring accommodation, for any part of the application and/or interview process, should contact Human Resources at (717) 231-3309.