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Assistant County Attorney - Hospital District
at Harris County
- Position Description
The Harris County Attorney's Office (HCAO) represents Harris County, its departments, elected and appointed officials, and employees in all civil matters that involve county business. HCAO also represents the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, and the Greater 911 Emergency Network, which are separate legal entities.
The Assistant County Attorney in the Hospital District Practice group provides legal representation to the Harris County Hospital District d/b/a Harris Health System ("Harris Health" or the "Client") in all stages of litigation. The attorney also provides counsel to the Client on various matters including employment, EEOC, health care liability claims, constitutional claims, contract issues, general healthcare matters, patient eligibility, hospital billing and liens, and consent issues. This position requires making presentations to the Board of Trustees in Executive Session and direct interaction with Harris Health administration, personnel, medical staff, as well as various Federal and State Agencies.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Represents Harris Health in litigation matters, including employment related matters, health care liability claims, constitutional claims, personal injury claims, breach of contract, and declaratory judgment actions in State and Federal Court
- Represents Harris Health in response to EEOC charges, prepares responses and attends EEOC mediations
- Advises Harris Health on various employment law matters including terminations, employee discipline, employee benefits, disability accommodations and employee grievances
- Responds to Texas Public Information Act requests, performs research and prepares briefing to the Attorney General of Texas
- Analyzes Texas statutes and advises on the development and implementation of Harris Health institutional (clinical and operational) policies in compliance with Texas law
- Advises Harris Health on a variety of health care matters including HIPAA, EMTALA, and informed consent
- Serves as representative on a variety of Harris Health committees as needed, including Patient Safety, Medical Staff Bylaws, Ethics, and Threat Task Force
- Takes on call questions advising Harris Health staff on issues relating to end of life care, including in patient Do-Not-Resuscitate and advanced directives
- Researches the Constitution, statutes, case law and regulations to determine ramifications and interpret laws, rulings and regulations
- Gathers evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions by such means as gathering documents and interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case
- Analyzes the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents & examines legal data to determine advisability of defending or settling claims and litigation
- Evaluates findings and develops strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases
- Propounds and responds to discovery documents/requests such as joint discovery case management plans (JDCMP), requests for disclosures, requests for production, interrogatories, depositions upon written questions and requests for admissions
- Conducts and defends depositions, including preparing clients for depositions
- Conducts research and prepares pleadings, motions, and briefs
- Argues motions and presents and summarizes cases to judges; represents Harris Health in mediations & trial
- Negotiates settlements and prepares settlement documents and releases
- Makes presentations to Harris Health Board of Trustees in Executive Sessions on litigation settlements
- Prepares responses to subpoenas and depositions upon written questions
- Develops concise legal advice for a variety of legal matters impacting Harris Health, involving interpretation of federal and state statutes and drafts legal opinions upon request of managing attorney
- Represents Harris Health in interactions with state and federal government entities and assists in responses to governmental inquiries and investigations
- Maintains familiarity with legal software search databases (Westlaw) as the majority of research is performed electronically
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
- Juris Doctorate Degree
- License to practice law by the State Bar of Texas and in good standing
NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.
- General Information
- Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- To Be Discussed At Interview
- Depends on Qualifications
Employment is contingent upon passing a background check.
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.