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Employment Opportunities

Workers' Compensation Attorney

Torts & Workers’ Compensation Section - Full-Time; Anchorage, Juneau or Fairbanks
(position 21-TWC-02; open until filled)

Job description

Attorneys assigned to the Workers’ Compensation workgroup represent the state as an employer in workers’ compensation cases brought by state employees. The successful applicant will routinely handle 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, 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.

Attorneys who applied for this position in response to the March 2021 recruitment notice will automatically be considered for this vacancy and need not resubmit an application.

Contact

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 or by email at patti.shake@alaska.gov.

Salary and Benefits

Salary will depend upon the legal experience of the selected candidate. Attorneys offered positions requiring relocation may be eligible for up to $6,000 in moving reimbursement.  The State provides a comprehensive state benefits package, which includes health insurance, generous leave accrual, 11 paid holidays, and a variety of retirement plans. Additionally, employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Public Loan Forgiveness Program.  Attorneys work a standard 37.5-hour workweek and after an initial training period are eligible for part-time teleworking, alternate workweek, or a flex schedule allowing for a work life balance.

Application Instructions

Candidates who are interested in applying for any of these positions 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 by using the job number indicated on the recruitment announcement. 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 Kelly West at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5101 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.