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The Florida Legislature
Office of the Public Counsel

Job Title

Attorney - Entry Level Attorney - 2 years or less experience and recent graduates are invited to apply (Office of Public Counsel)

General Summary

The Office of Public Counsel has a full-time attorney vacancy.  This position provides legal representation for the people of the State of Florida in proceedings related to electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities before the Florida Public Service Commission and in proceedings before counties pursuant to Section 367.171(8), F.S.  This position also handles appeals from orders issued by the Florida Public Service Commission before the Florida First District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court. 
 
Under the supervision of the Public Counsel and Deputy Public Counsel, this position applies his or her legal expertise to handle complex regulatory utility litigation, to research federal and state utility issues, to conduct legal discovery, and to prepare legal pleadings and briefs.  The attorney must be able to assimilate and analyze a variety of complex legislative and legal concepts relating to regulatory utility issues.  This position will be focused primarily on the practice of law in the areas of electric and water/wastewater regulatory law.

Examples of Work Performed

Handles administrative litigation before the Florida Public Service Commission and certain specified counties on utility matters relating to water and wastewater, electric and gas service.
 
Assists with legal research in evaluating state statutes and preparation of legal opinions on questions relating to utility issues.
 
Prepares and drafts routine pleadings, briefs, agreements, and related legal documents relating to utility issues.
 
Prepares and handles all forms of legal discovery, including issuing interrogatories and requests for production of documents and conducting depositions.
 
Provides legal counsel on behalf of utility ratepayers on legal matters related to utility matters that come before the Florida Public Service Commission; interprets state and federal legislation related to utility matters.
 
Performs legal research concerning the interpretation of Florida Statutes and The Florida Administrate Code on other utility matters in question.
 
Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of legal terminology.
Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure.
Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, research, and organization.
Ability to provide legal counsel.
Ability to interpret state and federal legislation, laws, and rules.
Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems.
Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction.
Ability to take initiative on independent research projects.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public and press.
Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to use independent judgment when releasing information to the public.
Ability to collect and analyze data.
Ability to conduct meetings and to make presentations.
Ability to perform legal writing and prepare various legal documents.
Ability to research legal documents and legal references.

Minimum Qualifications

Admission to the Florida Bar.  Will accept applications from persons taking the Bar Exam in July.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in federal, state and/or local government regulatory utility matters.
Experience in regulatory litigation.
 

Salary

Commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application and resume to:
 
Office of Public Counsel
Suite 812, Claude Pepper Building
111 West Madison Street
Tallahassee, FL   32399-1400
(850) 488-9330
 

 

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.