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Senior Port Counsel – Litigation and Labor Focused

Posting Expires: Nov 7, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

Minimum Salary: 147,388.80

MidPoint Salary: $184,246

Maximum Salary: 221,104.00


At the Port of Seattle, we anticipate making salary offers between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range. Offers will be based on experience similar to the Port job being applied for as well as a review of pay rates for Port employees performing similar work. Salary ranges are under review and subject to change.


Some of what you'll be doing:

As a Senior Port Counsel, you will have the opportunity to make a positive, immediate, and lasting impact by providing high quality legal support to assist the Port of Seattle in carrying out its business and meeting its strategic goals.  This includes managing litigation and advising clients at all levels of the organization.

  • You will provide legal services to the Port focused on personal injury and other types of tort litigation. You will retain and manage outside counsel to represent the Port in these cases.
  • You will provide legal advice on labor issues and represent the Port in some labor related administrative hearings.  Your labor practice will include collective bargaining agreements, grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, project labor agreements and labor harmony agreements.
  • You will provide legal guidance regarding the initiation of litigation holds and retention of documents, and will help outside counsel with the identification of witnesses and materials to be produced in discovery.
  • You will review pleadings and attend mediations, and you may attend depositions, hearings and trials conducted by outside counsel.
  • You will advise on insurance coverage and contractual defense and indemnity obligations in connection with personal injury and other claims asserted against the Port.
  • You will advise the Port on its safety program and related regulatory compliance.
  • You will draft, review, and negotiate agreements related to your practice areas such as labor-related agreements, settlement agreements and intergovernmental or interlocal agreements.
  • You will advise on a variety of general municipal law issues such as the Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Interlocal Cooperation Act, the Accountancy Act and Gifts of Public Funds questions.
  • You will provide legal advice on a wide variety of other legal issues encountered at the Port, which may include employment law and the application of other federal and state constitutional, statutory, and regulatory laws, Port Commission enactments, and Port rules and regulations.
  • You may be assigned additional or different duties or practice areas by the General Counsel as needed.

Who you are:

  • Experienced – You have five (5) years of experience representing government, private, or in-house clients that includes a litigation practice.
  • Educated – You possess a Juris Doctor degree and Washington State Bar admission.
  • Desired – We hope you have eight (8) or more years of experience representing government, private, or in-house clients that includes a litigation practice. We also hope you have experience with some or all the following:Personal injury litigation
    Labor law advising and administrative hearings
    Public Records Act and other municipal law issues
    Employment law advising and litigation
    State and federal regulatory regimes such as those imposed by the State Department of Labor and Industries or the Federal Aviation Administration.
    Port districts
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work.  At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.
  • Critical Thinker – You are highly skilled at exercising your critical thinking abilities to analyze facts and the law. You use sound judgement with factual and legal support to advise clients and achieve the Port’s policy and business goals. You can collaborate with opposing counsel to craft solutions and solve problems.
  • Effective Communicator – You are very skilled in both verbal and written communication techniques and can effectively work with clients at all levels of the organization.
  • Curious – You are interested in learning new subject matter and taking on responsibilities and projects outside of your areas of expertise.
  • Business/Political Acumen – You have a keen sense of the political realities and look at the bigger picture of a situation, weigh it carefully, and provide sound recommendations that are in the best interests of the organization.

What else you need to know:

  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). Slightly more flexible start and end times are available in this role. At times, you may be asked to be available for earlier or later hours or on some weekends.
  • Work Environment – This work will take place in a hybrid remote/in-office setting that can be adjusted at management’s discretion.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking generally must be performed in Washington State.
  • Grade Review – The pay range and grade for non-represented positions are under review and subject to change as part of the Port’s work to implement a new pay program. This review is intended to ensure that positions are aligned with the new program that will be implemented in early 2024.
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