City of Framingham Advertising For 2 Attorneys & Paralegal For New In-House Legal Department

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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham has opted to go with an in-house legal team this fiscal year, as opposed to hiring outside counsel, after the retirement of Chris Petrini.

In August, Mayor Charlie Sisitsky hired City of Malden attorney Kathryn Fallon as the head of Framingham’s new in-house legal team. Her starting salary is $175,000 a year.

This month, the City of Framingham began advertising for two attorneys and a paralegal to join the City of Framingham legal department.

Fallon worked for the City of Malden for 26 years, first serving as Assistant City Solicitor, and then for 15 years as the City Solicitor.

As Malden’s City Solicitor, she provided in-house legal representation on all legal matters pertaining to City operations. She has worked on cases ranging from civil rights, to civil service, employment, torts, zoning appeals, and much more. Fallon brings extensive experience representing the City, its employees, and officials in federal court, trial court, appellate court, the Supreme Judicial Court, and the United States District Court.

Today, October 3, the City of Framingham began advertising for a First Assistant City Solicitor, an Assistant City Solicitor 2, and a Legal Office Administrator/Paralegal.

The salary range for the First Assistant City Solicitor is $116,269 to $156,781 a year.

The salary range for the Assistant City Solicitor is $107,597 to $146,524 a year.

The salary range for the legal office manager/paralegal is $73,533 to $95,122 a year.

The First Assistant City Solicitor will perform a broad range of municipal legal tasks and represent and advise the City, its elected and appointed officials, employees, Division Heads, Committees and Boards regarding cases, claims, collective bargaining, grievances and arbitrations, labor and employee relations, strategy and organizational goals, employee discipline, conduct and performance matters, policies, procedures, land use and planning, land acquisition and disposition transactions, contracts, legislative matters, and other legal tasks as assigned by the City Solicitor, noted the job description.

The First Assistant City Solicitor:

  • Represents and advises the City and its elected and appointed officials, employees Boards, Councils and Committees in legal transactions and tasks, as requested
  • • Represents and advises the City and its elected and appointed officials, Division Heads, employees Council, Boards, Committees, Commissions and Advisory Teams on legal matters as requested, or as required through all stages of litigation and/or adjudicatory proceedings, including any appeals.
  • • Serves as the City’s counsel in assigned cases, claims, grievances, arbitrations and appeals, including appearing at conferences, hearings, mediations, pre-trial and trial conferences, depositions, and oral arguments.
  • • Drafts, serves and files all case-related documents, including correspondence, pleadings, motions and memoranda, discovery, and appellate briefs, and represents the City on cases and claims, from initial investigation and review, to discovery, depositions and motion and motion hearings, through trial or adjudicatory proceedings, and appeals.
  • • Interacts and confers with witnesses and expert witnesses, including drafting case-related expert pleadings and documents as well as other legal transactions requiring/involving experts
  • • Advises on labor and employee relations and collective bargaining matters
  • • Advises the City in internal and external investigations, interviews, disciplinary matters, and grievances
  • • Represents and advises the City in hearings and arbitrations before administrative agencies
  • • Assists as requested with executive and legislative proposals, policies, initiatives and orders, including legal review, research, analysis, and drafting
  • • Assists with contract review, negotiation and preparation
  • • Assists with assignments and legal tasks involving various City Boards, Committees, Commissions and Teams including providing legal advice and information as needed • Researches and prepares pleadings and filings for cases • Performs investigatory, factual, claims, and other legal research • Effectively and proactively communicates with Courts, agencies, organizations, attorneys, municipal employees, city officials, and others
  • • Travels as needed relating to legal assignments for the City
  • • Assists with Open Meeting Law and Public Records Request matters • Assists with a variety of other legal tasks and transactions as requested by the City Solicitor
  • • Attend and participates in meetings, including evening meetings as needed or assigned

Applicants are required to have a Juris Doctor Degree and Admission to Massachusetts Bar in good standing, as well as Admission to United States District Court Bar in good standing.

Applicants should have minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in a municipal law department, or commensurate law office or law firm experience involving municipal law.

The Second Assistant City Solicitor will perform a broad range of municipal legal tasks and assist in representing the City, its elected and appointed officials, employees, Division Heads, Committees and Boards regarding cases, claims, collective bargaining, grievances and arbitrations, labor and employee relations, strategy and organizational goals, employee discipline, conduct and performance matters, policies, procedures, land use and planning, land acquisition and disposition transactions, contracts, legislative matters, and other legal tasks as assigned by the City Solicitor, noted the job description.

Applicants are required to have a Juris Doctor Degree and Admission to Massachusetts Bar in good standing, as well as Admission to United States District Court Bar in good standing

“The qualified candidate will have at least 5 years of municipal law, trial and appellate experience in the Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and procedural and professional rules related thereto, experience handling claims with Massachusetts and federal administrative agencies and procedural rules applicable thereto, experience with labor negotiations and collective bargaining processes and familiarity with labor relations grievance and arbitration agencies and rules, and experience with land use and planning and land acquisition and disposition transactions including statutory and regulatory requirements relating thereto. The qualified candidate is self-motivated, detail-oriented, deadline driven, organized and analytical and possesses a well-honed ability to multitask and successfully handle multiple cases, tasks and assignments. This role is full time and in-person and includes attending evening meetings and attending legal proceedings in person or as otherwise ordered by the forum or venue involved. We seek to hire a candidate who shares our commitment to Framingham, and values civility, collegiality and working in coordinated team environment to serve the City,” noted the job description.

The Legal Office Administrator/Paralegal serves as the executive administrator/paralegal performing and managing administrative tasks for the City’s Legal Department and assisting the City’s in-house attorneys with professional administrative and paralegal support services. The Legal Office Administrator/Paralegal serves on-site in a confidential capacity and performs a broad variety of administrative and paralegal tasks, including handling litigation-related tasks, transactional, billing, case management, budget and other support services for the Legal Department attorneys, as well as other tasks as directed by the City Solicitor, noted the job description.

The advministrator/paralegal:

  • Serves at a professional level at organizing and managing case files, docketing, calendars, meetings, schedules, tracking deadlines, appointments, reminders and provides timely case and legal task-related communications internally and externally. Performs legal and administrative tasks for the Legal Department
  • Organizes and maintains legal calendars and schedules, case files, docketing and tracking deadliness, appointments, and reminders for attorneys
  • Prepares and provides timely related communications internally and externally as required based on legal tasks and case-related tasks • Establishes, organizes, and maintains databases, electronic case filing systems, electronic files and records for the Legal Department and its attorneys
  • Organizes and maintains Legal Department files and records, including case files, legal opinions, communications, contracts and other legal documents • Scans and distributes documents, pleadings, files and reports and collects and organizes case files and case-related documents and records for Legal Department attorneys
  • Assists with accounting tasks including preparing and processing payrolls, billing, vendor payments and warrants
  • Performs investigatory, factual, claims, and other legal research
  • Timely provides documentation and records to insurance counsel for the City
  • Coordinates and schedules meetings, depositions, hearing and trial dates and other case-related proceedings on behalf of Legal Department attorneys
  • Prepares correspondence, pleadings, notices, and case-related documents for service on opposing parties/counsel, and for filing with Courts and agencies, including electronic filings with Courts and State agencies
  • Assists with preparing files, records, documents and pleadings for filings, hearings and trials
  • Accesses and obtains information and documents internally as well as externally from local, state and federal agencies and databases
  • Prepares, reviews, and edits correspondence, pleadings, documents and legal papers
  • Engages in telephone and email communications with staff, courts, agencies, organizations, attorneys, municipal employees, city officials, and others
  • Communicates politely and effectively and responds to internal and external calls, inquiries and communications
  • Travels as needed to Courts and agencies to assist with filings, hearings, and trials
  • Assists with coordinating responses to legal process, subpoenas, administrative proceedings and public records requests
  • Serves as Clerk for the City’s Marijuana Advisory Team
  • Provides Notary Public services for Legal Department attorneys
  • Attend and participates in meetings and other matters as needed

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree and Minimum of five years of relevant professional administrative and/or paralegal experience in a municipal law department, law office or law firm including experience preparing and filing documents, correspondence, pleadings and reports with federal and Massachusetts Courts and agencies

Paralegal certification, training and experience preferred

Notary Public appointment and experience desired. Must be able to become a Notary Public

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