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Assistant Corporation Counsel II - Regulatory & Contracts Division

Chicago, Illinois
Job Type
8 Sep 2022

The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking several attorneys for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel (ACC) in the Regulatory and Contracts Division, which handles a wide range of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters including those relating to city purchasing, environmental issues, utility regulation, and OHare and Midway International Airports. The focus of the work will be to represent various City departments in transactional, litigation, and regulatory matters including those relating to the procurement of goods, work and services, concession agreements, and other agreements relating to information technology and data. The work will provide legal representation to City departments, which may include, for example, the Department of Finance, the Chicago Department of Aviation, the Department of Transportation, etc. The ACC will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel, Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel, and Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisors of the RC Division. The ACC will analyze proposed transactions for compliance with law, conduct legal research, and advise City departments. The ACC may also review, draft, and negotiate contracts. The ACC may also draft proposed ordinances related to such agreements and review and comment on proposed legislation and federal rules. The ACC may also handle pre-litigation disputes, litigation in federal and state court, and proceedings before administrative bodies, including but not limited to the Federal Communications Commission, the Illinois Commerce Commission, and the Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings. The ACC will be expected to learn the legal framework governing City of Chicago transactions. The ACC may be required to assist in the other practice areas (aviation, regulatory, litigation) as necessary, and may be required to attend client meetings or hearings onsite at the Citys airports or other City facilities.


Application Process and Materials

You must submit an on-line application by the post-extension date October 6 , 2022:
  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; (2) includes a preference for litigation or transactional work; and (3) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • One writing sample; and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website (or your admitted state bar's equivalent).
Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS : Working for the City of Chicago Department of Law may qualify you for loan forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For detailed information, visit or contact your federal loan servicer.

NOTE REGARDING REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references with your hard copy materials, but they shall be provided through the online system. Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above. Submission of references and/or additional materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.


Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705).

Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any American law school that has passed and maintains the requirements of accreditation by the American Bar Association ( ).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ideal candidates will possess the following:
  • Superior writing, researching and editing skills;
  • Preference given to candidates with experience in commercial transactional law including the ability to draft and negotiate agreements and analyze transactions for compliance with the law;
  • Preference given to candidates with demonstrated experience and ability to litigate in court and administrative tribunals;
  • Preference given to candidates with legal experience researching, analyzing, drafting and/or reviewing legislation, proposed legislation, and rules/regulations;
  • Preference given to candidates with legal experience with the statutory and regulatory frameworks for contracts of governmental entities;
  • Excellent analytical and communication (oral and writing) skills;
  • Exceptional client counseling, negotiation, and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated academic achievement;
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize project schedules and meet deadlines; and
  • Ability to work well with others.
NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Education & Employment Verification - Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired, you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.


This position requires applicants to complete an interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected.

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on the documents submitted. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applications will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City of Chicago as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process , please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at (voice) or (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

City of Chicago Department of Law Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot Celia Meza Christopher Owen

Mayor Corporation Counsel Commissioner

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  • Job Reference: 707238925-2
  • Date Posted: 8 September 2022
  • Recruiter: City of Chicago
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Legal
  • Job Type: Permanent