Attorney II

Recruitment #201201-UNCE-412




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Attorney II
Salary: $70,604.41

Employees in this class perform at the full-performance level in providing legal assistance to a state agency including litigation, legal research for various internal and external inquiries, and policy and procedure review. Incumbents will prepare and try both routine and difficult cases. Incumbents will receive limited supervision, are given considerable freedom from technical and administrative oversight, and have a substantial amount of responsibility in planning and organizing his or her own work.

The specific functions of this position vary, but may include the following:
• Prepares and presents the agency’s case in administrative hearings and before a district court; prepares briefs, motions and other documents preparatory or incidental to the trial of a case.
• Analyzes factual and legal issues; reviews policies, procedures, regulations, and other related legal questions for the agency.
• Conducts research of laws, policies, regulations, legal texts and cases.
• Prepares memoranda or reports outlining facts and legal issues, prepares necessary legal documents and advisory opinions for administrative personnel.
• Participates in pre-trial or pre-hearing conferences, conducts discovery, examines and cross-examines witnesses, argues motions before the Court or hearing officer and summarizes the agency’s case.
• Conducts or participates in conferences with other legal counsel and reviews the opinions and suggestions of other staff attorneys.
• Examines or interviews petitioners, claimants, and defendants involved in administrative proceedings of the agency and court proceedings brought by the agency; prepares reports, exhibits and legal memoranda from the records and hearings outlining the factual and legal issues and recommends disposition of a case.
• Prepares and presents appeals, in both written and oral form, to higher courts of record.
• Drafts or comments on proposed legislation or changes in regulations.
• Performs related work as required and assigned.

• Comprehensive Knowledge of
o Applicable tax laws, agency policies and procedures.
o Methods and techniques for conducting legal research.
o Legal principles and their application.
o The scope of Oklahoma statutes and federal statutes, regulations, and policies; the Oklahoma Constitution; the principles of administrative and constitutional law; trial and hearing procedures; the rules of evidence.

• Ability is required to
o Understand, interpret and apply applicable laws, agency policies and procedures.
o Ensure timelines are being met while following tax laws/statutes of the State of Oklahoma.
o Develop briefings, presentations, and reports; and conduct data analysis.
o Represent the division and agency in a professional manner.

• Skills include
o Strong analytical skills.
o Strong critical thinking, attention to detail, sound judgment and decision-making.
o Strong legal research skills regarding tax laws.
o Directing and/or performing independent and difficult research, analyzing, appraising and applying legal principles, facts, and precedents to difficult legal or factual problem.
o Presenting statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written or oral form.
o Presenting, explaining, or arguing cases to administrative commissions, boards, or courts.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of:
• J.D. from an accredited law school;
• PLUS licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma;
• PLUS an active member of the State Bar of Oklahoma;
• PLUS two (2) years of experience in the practice of law.

Telework may be required based on the needs of the agency, division, and section.  If applicable, applicant must be willing and able to BOTH work on-site and telework at an off-site location, generally in the applicant’s home.  Applicant must have a secure internet connection and a dedicated telephone (landline) or smart phone device during scheduled working hours.

Employment with the Oklahoma Tax Commission offers benefits, which include medical, dental, life, disability and vision insurance, medical and health care reimbursement programs, retirement plan, deferred compensation plan, paid holidays, and longevity payments. Employees are provided a benefit allowance to spend toward their benefits. Employees earn three weeks annual and three weeks paid sick leave in the first year of employment.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities may be provided upon request.

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


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