Senior Attorney – Torts, General Counsel Department-THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY

Under general supervision, performs a broad variety of legal duties in support of the Authority’s
General Counsel. Works on the defense of personal injury lawsuits filed against the Authority,
from minor to catastrophic injuries and subrogation and property damage defense and
performs all litigation for assigned caseload.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. 65% Plans, directs, and participates in litigation involving personal injury cases and
    other matters on behalf of the Authority.
    o Handles own caseload of personal injury cases and other matters.
    o Initiates, researches, prepares, and presents opinions, briefs,
    arguments, and pleadings in litigation and arbitrations.
    o Makes frequent appearances before courts, jury, and bench trials.
    o Obtains and defends depositions, and prepares witnesses for trial.
    o Gathers research, drafts pleadings and motions, and completes and
    submits any forms, memoranda, briefs, and settlement agreements on behalf of the Authority’s General Counsel.

2. 10% Works with more senior attorneys in “second chair” capacity on large personal
injury litigation. Serves an integral role in these assignments, typically
examining witnesses, arguing motions, and drafting memoranda, briefs, and
settlement agreements.
3 10% Conducts research for the purpose of advising client departments. May
provide advice and counsel directly to client departments. Attends and
participates in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and
innovations in the legal field.
4 10% Manages work of paralegals and other support staff assigned to his/her
projects. Verifies work for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques and
compliance with legal standards and practices.
5 5% Performs related duties as assigned.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to this position may include the following jobs:

• Paralegal
• Administrative Staff

CHALLENGES
• Keeping abreast of new trends and innovations in the legal field.
• Maintaining good working relationships and communicating effectively with client
departments and staff on all levels to achieve Authority goals and objectives.
• Managing multiple tasks simultaneously and handling stressful situations.
• Providing legal advice with efficiently and accurately on behalf of the Authority.


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
• Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited school of law and licensed to practice law
in the State of Illinois, plus three (3) years of experience as a practicing attorney, of
which one (1) year of experience was spent specializing in personal injury, subrogation,
or property damage, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Required to maintain appropriate continuing legal education credits.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Requires sitting for extended periods of time, standing, visual acumen, manual
dexterity, and fingering for working with computer keyboards.
• Requires physical handling of legal documents and equipment


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
• Detailed knowledge of applicable federal and state laws.
• Detailed knowledge of principles and methods in drafting legal documents.
• Detailed knowledge of the methods and practices of legal research and investigation,
judicial procedure, and the rules of evidence.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including work processing functions.
• Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively interrelate with Authority personnel
of all levels and the public.
• Strong editing and drafting skills, and great attention to detail.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
• Strong verbal and in written communication skills.
• Strong analytical skills necessary for competent legal interpretation.
• Strong managerial and administrative skills to direct and coordinate the activities of the

Senior Attorney – Torts
work team.
• Ability to coordinate multiple requests simultaneously while meeting multiple deadlines.
• Ability to provide effective solutions to CTA issues with integrity, initiative and creativity.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and possess analytical
skills necessary for competent legal interpretation.


WORKING CONDITIONS
• General office environment.
• Travels regularly to court, depositions, and field locations as necessary.


EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, AND MATERIALS UTILIZED
• Standard office equipment.
• Personal computer, telephone, trial visual aids equipment,