This position involves performing professional legal work for Jefferson County, including advising and representing the County in actions filed against it in court to assure proper case disposition. The Assistant County Attorney is expected to use professional judgment to timely and effectively handle work to completion. Work is reviewed by the County Attorney and other Assistant County Attorneys through review of research, casework, records and documents and daily interaction with the Assistant Attorney.

Essential Functions and Duties:

Advises and assists County Commissioners, the County Manager, other Elected Officials, the County Attorney’s Office and Department Heads on legal matters affecting the County involving ordinances, resolutions, legislation, codes, contracts, leases, and local, state, federal and case law. Reviews and negotiates contracts, researches and prepares for litigation of civil matters involving the County and its staff. Researches, prepares and drafts all types of County ordinances, resolutions, bond provisions, zoning documents, contracts, deeds, policies and procedures and other legal documents. Investigates claims and complaints by or against the County; assists and prepares cases for trial, including preparing pleadings, conducting written discovery, taking depositions, appearing before state and federal courts, and assisting or serving as trial counsel for the County in federal and state courts. Prepares written briefs on pending cases, including those on appeal to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, the Supreme Court of Alabama and/or the United States Court of Appeals or the United States Supreme Court. Handles or assists in hearings and prepares briefs before the Personnel Board. Assists attorneys in the County Attorney’s Office in the performance of their work and disposition of a case, as needed.

Work Environment and Demands:

The work environment involves daily professional and courteous interaction with the County Attorney’s staff, the County Manager’s Office, the County Commissioners, Department Heads, County employees, Judges and attorneys. Work requires sitting, standing, walking, bending and transporting files. Also requires operating office equipment including computer, telephone, and printer.


Ability to research, analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents. Ability to prepare and conduct written and oral discovery and assist in preparation of non-complex court trials and hearings. Must exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, possess a strong work ethic and be highly organized, and have strong communication skills, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with all County employees and elected officials.


Possession of a Doctorate of Jurisprudence, top 15% in law school class, and at least 0 ­3 years experience in professional legal work, including research, conducting discovery and preparation for trial of cases. A legal clerkship or internship for a State or Federal Court Judge or law firm may meet this experience requirement. Also experience using WordPerfect, Microsoft Word and Outlook, Excel, and having online legal research skills (Lexis/Westlaw). Writing samples may be requested.

License/Certification Required:

Juris Doctorate Degree and a current license to practice law in the State of Alabama. Member in good standing of the Alabama State Bar Association.


Position includes a competitive salary and employee benefits.

To Be Considered:

Reply with your resume to:

T.A. “Theo” Lawson, II

County Attorney

Jefferson County, Alabama

716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North

Room 280

Birmingham, Alabama 35203


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