Staff Attorney 2

Recruitment #240409-0088AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is accepting applications for the title of Staff Attorney 2 within the DCP Legal Division. This role will help manage a large case load and develop policy for the department. The Legal Division is responsible for advising the Commissioner’s office, conducting legal analysis of industry requirements, case development, negotiation and prosecution at administrative hearings. 

  • A Competitive starting salary
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  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • A culture that encourages work/life balance
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation
  • Tuition reimbursement
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The Staff Attorney will oversee enforcement and legal issues related to professional and occupational licensing. These cases involve plumbers, electricians, architects, engineers, and many additional credential types that fall under DCP’s oversight. 
Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to, the following duties: 
  • Managing case development;
  • Conducting settlement negotiations;
  • Presenting at administrative hearings;
  • Drafting and interpreting statutes and regulations;
  • Providing legal support to the DCP Investigations Division;
  • Drafting legal memorandum;
  • Facilitating communication and coordination with internal DCP stakeholders;
  • Interacting with external stakeholders, including other state agencies, boards and commissions; and
  • Performing all other assigned duties and responsibilities. 
The DCP's mission is to ensure a fair and equitable marketplace and promote safe products and services for Connecticut Consumers.

  • Permanent full-time position working 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday schedule
  • First shift hours, however flexible work schedules may be available
  • Hybrid opportunity, combination of in office and remote work, in accordance with the Telework Policy
  • Centrally located at 450 Columbus Blvd with easy access to all major highway

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above, who has worked for the state for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e. Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other. 

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.

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  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the legal work of the agency.


  • Performs advanced and complex legal work of an agency; 
  • Researches, interprets, analyzes and applies complex and conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles; 
  • Acts as hearing officer or represents agency in formal administrative and public proceedings on a full range of cases involving complex legal and technical issues; 
  • Negotiates and drafts settlement agreements; 
  • Drafts advisory opinions, rulings, decisions, recommendations, findings, legislation, statutes, regulations, publications and other related legal documents; 
  • Assists in the preparation and presentation of trials and appeals; 
  • Consults with the Office of the Attorney General on legal issues; 
  • Researches complex legal issues; 
  • Conducts investigations and enforcement proceedings; 
  • Prepares comprehensive reports for use in administrative and court proceedings; 
  • Prepares pleadings and other court papers; 
  • Interprets and applies complex or conflicting laws and regulations, case law and legal principles; 
  • Participates in the conduct of various educational activities; 
  • Provides legal guidance when duly authorized; 
  • Provides input into policy formation; 
  • Reviews court decisions, new and proposed laws and regulations to determine impact on agency operations; 
  • Prepares and maintains precedent manuals; 
  • Reviews legal and other related documents for legal sufficiency; 
  • May testify at or monitor legislative proceedings; 
  • May represent agency in court when authorized; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • legal principles, practices and procedures in Connecticut; 
    • legal research techniques; 
    • the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act; 
    • and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation; 
    • relevant agency policies and procedures; 
  • Knowledge of
    • the rules of evidence; 
    • criminal and constitutional law and legislative process; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Considerable ability to
    • apply judicial decisions to the interpretation of statutes; 
    • comprehend, analyze and organize technical data and coordinate elements of legal cases.


Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law.


  • Legal experience directly related to consumer protection law.
  • Experience arguing before a court or administrative hearing officer. 
  • Experience writing legal briefs, decisions, or memoranda of law. 
  • Experience engaging with regulators in government enforcement actions. 
  • Experience meeting deadlines with competing priorities.


  • Incumbents in this class must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.