Staff Attorney

The Detroit Land Bank Authority is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, or other criteria prohibited by the City, State or Federal law.

To qualify for a job, an applicant must meet the education, training, experience and any applicable license or certificate requirement for the job position. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide acceptable proof of their work record and history.

Detroit Land Bank Authority Published: April 8, 2016
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The Staff Attorney is responsible for all aspects of civil litigation, including drafting pleadings, negotiating agreements, reviewing records, managing files, and attending hearings.


  • Manage full case load of properties and be responsible for timely movement and resolution
  • Draft pleadings, review records, attend hearings, manage files in various stages of NAP process
  • Responds to questions, requests for information, and, when appropriate, comments regarding the law from other DLBA staff, and the general public
  • Conduct litigation hearings
  • Provide direct supervision to paralegal, second chair, or support staff, as applicable
  • Confer with legal team on various matters
  • Perform legal and general research
  • Perform additional duties as directed by the Principle Attorney, Deputy General Counsel or General Counsel

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association-accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan
  • At least four (4) years’ related legal experience, including litigation experience
  • Must be a mission-driven individual with high personal integrity and a strong sense of public service to the residents of the City of Detroit
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in public speaking and writing
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills as well as the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent analytical, and problem-solving skills, and good judgment to identify potential solutions
  • Understanding of and ability to apply attorney ethics rules
  • Familiarity with and ability to prepare basic litigation documents
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team
  • Ability to conduct research that is relevant, accurate, and thorough
  • Experience using and proficiency with MS Office
  • Self-Driven and Ambitious Attorney
  • Detroit residency, preferred
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