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Assistant Attorney General

Torts and Workers' Compensation Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office

The Torts and Workers’ Compensation section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented and hard-working attorney who wants to become a member of our active workers’ compensation legal team in Anchorage. If you want to be a part of a collegial and collaborative workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this full-time position on August 13, 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the section supervisor identified below.

The Office

The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Department of Law is comprised of 13 different sections throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska.

The Torts and Workers’ Compensation section primarily handles torts and workers’ compensation litigation on behalf of the State of Alaska in judicial and administrative forums. The workers’ compensation group in the section represents the state as an employer before the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board and the Alaska Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission. The group also provides advice and training to state agencies on workers’ compensation matters as well as playing a role in analyzing legislation impacting the practice area. The torts group provides legal defense and advice in tort lawsuits filed against state agencies and state employees, including personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, property damage, and civil rights claims. The section consists of 15 attorneys, 4 of whom comprise the workers’ compensation group in Anchorage; the 11 attorneys in the torts group work in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks.

Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. The city is a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains. It’s a great community to live and work in. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. The city offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trail inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown and spectacular mountains and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an 11 mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, begins only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys multiple performing arts centers, extensive shopping and nightlife; and a growing culinary scene to enjoy.  For more information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.

Job Description

Attorneys assigned to the Workers’ Compensation workgroup will represent the state as an employer in workers’ compensation cases brought by state employees. This requires routinely handling litigation in administrative proceedings before the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board, including discovery, motion practice, and hearings, as well as appellate matters before the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Appeals Commission and the Alaska Supreme Court.  The attorney will also provide legal counsel to state agency employers, the state’s Division of Risk Management, and the state’s independent adjusters on workers’ compensation issues, and may advise on proposed legislation.  Travel both in Alaska and out of state may be required.

Qualifications

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have a strong knowledge of general legal principles and practices. Qualified applicants must have excellent communication, oral advocacy, writing, and time management skills, and good judgment. The ability to handle a high volume of cases in a fast-paced work environment is essential. Administrative law experience, including a background in workers’ compensation law, is preferred, but not required. Litigation experience in any forum is also preferred.

Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work as a member of a team with minimum supervision. They should feel comfortable directly advising clients, and should expect to:

  • Analyze and make recommendations on legal and factual questions;
  • Research and analyze medical issues;
  • Assess and manage cases and claims;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with public agencies, clients, opposing counsel, and unrepresented litigants.

Individuals who would like additional information about the position may contact Patti Shake, Supervising Attorney for the Torts and Workers’ Compensation section, at (907) 269-5100; email patti.shake@alaska.gov.

Application Instructions

Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package to regular, full-time, partially-exempt (PX) positions. State attorneys are in the partially-exempt service and serve at will, at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

Candidates who are interested in applying for this position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying.  Applications can be either emailed to civil.recruit@alaska.gov (with the subject line titled “application for current attorney recruitment”) or mailed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who need accommodation to apply may call Melanie Ferguson at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.