Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Principal Attorney (#20002247)


General Statement

Under the supervision of a division head, performs supervisory and complex legal work.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Prosecutes and defends cases in all state and federal courts, including appellate courts and represents the District before various administrative bodies, which may include: preparing pleadings, discovery and briefs; interviewing and deposing witnesses; reviewing and preparing evidence and witnesses; negotiating settlements; and trial of cases.
  • Supervises other attorneys and staff engaged in the prosecution and defense of cases; functions as a team leader on cases.
  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of legal documents such as bonds, leases, permits, contracts, intergovernmental and settlement agreements, legislative measures, regulations, resolutions, ordinances and board transmittal letters; reviews such legal documents as to form and legality.
  • Supervises and performs legal work involved in the acquisition and disposition of right-of-way and other interests in real property; monitors compliance with District land use agreements.
  • Confers with and advises District officers and staff on various legal issues, interpretation of statutes and ordinances and appropriate procedures; prepares legal opinions. 
  • Monitors legislation for current and potential impact on District activities; reviews and revises ordinances, rules and administrative procedures as necessary.
  • Assigns, supervises and reviews work; ensures staff compliance with District policies and procedures including Personnel Rules and Administrative Procedures; completes performance reviews; addresses employee complaints and grievances; may recommend employment actions such as hiring, transfer, suspension, promotion or discharge.

Other Job Functions

Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Work is performed in a typical office environment and requires the use of standard office equipment including computers and peripheral equipment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the civil code of the State of Illinois.
  • Thorough knowledge of the rules of evidence.
  • Thorough knowledge of court procedures.    
  • Thorough knowledge of the laws, ordinances, rules and precedents governing District activities.
  • Ability to prosecute and defend cases in state and federal court and before various administrative bodies.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of a section or other organizational unit. 
  • Ability to prepare briefs and write legal opinions.
  • Ability to provide advice and counsel.  
  • Ability to communicate persuasively and effectively, orally and in writing. 
  • Negotiation skills.

Absolute Requirements

Admission to practice before all courts of the State of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited law school with a Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor) degree and six years of progressively responsible experience in the general practice of law and litigation, three years of which must have been in work related to District activities.

Promotional Requirement

  • Two years of service as a Senior Attorney with the District.
  • Civil service status as a Senior Attorney.

CLASS: 20002247; EST: 1/1/2013; REV: 1/1/2019;