Attorney III, Transportation, Western Legal Office

Attorney III, Transportation, Western Legal Office

$84,728.00 – $135,565.00 Annually

Buncombe County, NC

Job Type
Permanent Full-Time

Dept of Justice

Job Number

9/4/2018 5:00 PM Eastern

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $ 84,728 to $ 97,437. Salary determination is based upon the candidate’s education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

For current State employees, please note that as of June 1, 2018, promotional priority and salary administration will be made based on the new Statewide NC Classification System.

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.

This position is not-subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act. This position is located in the Western office of the Transportation Division of the N.C. Department of Justice.

The Attorney III represents the N.C. Department of Transportation in eminent domain litigation at all levels of complexity. The attorney has responsibility for all phases of litigation in land acquisition proceedings, including investigation, trials in the superior courts, and appeals to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The attorney provides legal advice and representation to the Right of Way Branch with respect to questions of law involved in appraisal and valuation of properties.

The primary duty of a trial attorney in this position is to represent the Department in the trial of eminent domain actions for the acquisition of real estate for highway purposes in cases where the Department’s Right of Way Branch has been unable to effect settlement with landowners, and legal proceedings have to be instituted.

This position requires travel and overnight travel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
In general the knowledge skills and abilities requirements are those for the general practice of law with heavy emphasis on litigation and civil jury trials; those to effectively interact with clients, colleagues, juries, court officials and the general public; and those to supervise colleagues. The knowledge, skill and ability to assimilate complicated and large amounts of information, to organize it and present it effectively orally and in writing is also required.

Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Word and capable of creating Powerpoint presentations.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and three years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. NOTE: GS 114-2 and 114-6 make it the duty of the Attorney General of NC to represent the State of North Carolina in all litigation unless another statute specifically states otherwise.

Preference for attorneys with significant jury trial experience, and/or experience in the area of condemnation (eminent domain) law.

Supplemental and Contact Information
Computer literacy is an important component of all DOJ jobs, we encourage you to apply electronically. All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the NEOGOV Online Job Application System ( for the State of North Carolina.
To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. Any information not included on the application form cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Embedded or attached resumes are not accepted as a substitution for a completed application.
Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form.
Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.
The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act. Once the position has been filled, all on-line applicants will be notified via the e-mail provided at the time of application.

NC Department of Justice
Human Resources Office
Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603