Assistant Attorney General - Revenue & Utilities Section

This attorney will represent multiple clients within Colorado’s Department of Revenue.  At the outset, the attorney will primarily represent the Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division and the State Licensing Authority in general counsel and litigation matters, but over time, depending upon client needs, responsibilities may shift to other programs represented by the General Tax and Enforcement Unit (Unit) or by other units in the Revenue and Utilities Section (Section).

The Marijuana Enforcement Division is responsible for licensing and regulating Colorado’s medical and retail marijuana industries. The attorney will represent the client in administrative licensure and disciplinary actions, beginning with a hearing before a hearing officer and, potentially, continuing through judicial review. The attorney will also represent the client in litigation in state and federal courts as needed.  Finally, the attorney will also be part of a team that advises the client regarding all aspects of its functions and responsibilities in this unique and evolving area of the law. Our cases often involve novel issues, including the interplay between state and federal law.

The attorney may represent other Unit clients such as bankruptcy matters for all state clients, representing the Department of Revenue’s Taxation divisions and Liquor Enforcement Division, the Property Tax Administrator in the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, the Colorado Lottery, and regulatory and enforcement programs overseeing the auto industry, limited gaming, and racing, and possibly the Public Utility Commission.  

The new attorney will be part of a dynamic and collaborative legal team meeting the diverse legal needs of these clients. Attorneys in the Unit address a wide variety of interesting and complex legal issues, and often have the opportunity to handle cases and matters with constitutional implications and of significant importance to the state of Colorado.

Job Qualifications: All candidates must be admitted to the Colorado bar in good standing with a minimum of 5 years of experience practicing law that included a strong litigation background. Administrative law experience is preferred. The ideal candidate will have well-developed litigation skills, excellent writing, research, and analytical abilities and familiarity with the substantive areas of law of importance to our clients, including constitutional law. 

The final candidate for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation and tax check.

The Office of the Attorney General offers the opportunity to be involved in challenging, interesting, and meaningful work in a friendly professional environment.  We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that a diverse workforce adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public.  We encourage candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds to apply.  

The State of Colorado offers retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan and PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus 401(k) and 457 plans; medical and dental health plans; paid life insurance; short and long-term disability coverage; flexible spending accounts; annual leave; sick leave and ten paid holidays per year.

Position Type: 
Non-Classified
Salary: 
$5,650 - $8,249/month (Commensurate with experience)
Application Deadline: 
January 12, 2015
Application Instructions: 

Please submit a cover letter, short writing sample and resume (preferably by email) to:
Patrick Burwick, Administrative Assistant
Ralph L. Carr, Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 8th floor
Denver, Colorado  80203
Email:  patrick.burwick@state.co.us

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