City of Tampa

Paralegal (#807020) AUD

$31.76-$47.52 Hourly / $5,505.07-$8,236.80 Monthly / $66,060.80-$98,841.60 Yearly


This is specialized legal research and/or confidential administrative work involving the preparation of complex real estate civil litigation, foreclosure of liens on various properties throughout the city, or administering cost recovery programs pursuant to provisions of Florida Statutes.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing specialized legal research work of considerable difficulty requiring considerable initiative and independent judgement under general direction. Duties involve providing assistance to attorneys in the preparation of complex cases by investigating the facts of the case and by identifying appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials necessary to determine the merits of a proposed case; reviewing law files to determine if cases are appropriate for mediation or arbitration; preparing legal memoranda, general correspondence, reports, and legal arguments; assisting in drafting pleadings, trial and appellate briefs, and land use and zoning documents; and analyzing data and preparing tables, compilations, and graphs for presentation in court. The employee will also use a computer to establish and maintain a fully indexed and cross-referenced database of briefs, memoranda and other legal materials, oversee the organization and maintenance of a law library, refer attorney and lay persons to appropriate legal research material; provide guidance to departmental personnel concerning the conduct of legal research, coordinate the work of nonattorney legal resources personnel, coordinate the preparation of documentation material for civil litigation cases; and administer law enforcement cost recovery programs such as the impounded vehicles program and the felony vehicle forfeiture program. The employee may serve as a liaison between attorney, mediators/arbitrators and the public, responding to questions and providing information as needed, and in some programs participate in and/or conduct negotiations. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results obtained.  Appointed unclassified, non-exempt position.

Examples of Duties

Takes and transcribes dictation from Assistant City Attorney, attorneys, and other officials; explains routine legal requirements, standard programs and policies; files and maintains documents and other data requested by officers in the conduct of official business.

Keeps check on pending cases to avoid delay or default in filing pleadings; assists in maintaining the Legal Library for the legal staff.

Compiles, types and edits reports, resolutions, ordinances, drafts, legal briefs, contracts, declarations, and other legal documents; assists assigned attorneys in drafting pleadings, summarizing depositions, managing document production, performing legal research, and preparing for hearings and trials.

Administers various programs such as the impounded vehicle program, ensuring compliance with Florida Statutes regarding notifications to owners and others; administers felony vehicle forfeiture program; conducts research and initiates the process for transfer of police seized monies to the Law Enforcement Trust Fund.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the laws of Florida; the principles, practices and methods of legal research.

Ability to: communicate effectively both orally and in writing; compile, analyze and organize data and information; access and use automated databases; work effectively with others; work independently.

Suggested Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree from an accredited paralegal program and five (5) years of experience in the subject area of real property and lien foreclosures, or, one (1) year of college and three (3) years of experience in business and/or administrative support functions for positions in the Police Legal Unit.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid drivers license may be required.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 807020; EST: 8/14/2013; REV: 2/6/2018;