Torts Litigation Lawyer (County Attorney 2) - Civil Division

09/24/2017 5:49 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
Civil Division
$78,301.87 - $105,693.41 
Full-time 35 hours per week with benefits


The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, located in downtown Tacoma, is the largest law firm in the county, employing approximately 217 staff including a large number of deputy prosecutors.  Pierce County, which includes Tacoma, has a population of 813,600 and growing.  The office has three divisions:  the Criminal Division, which is responsible for prosecuting all felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile cases; the Civil Division, which is responsible for providing legal advice to County officials and representing the County's interest in court; and the Family Support Division, which is an integral part of the State child support system. Position Summary


This position performs highly complex professional level work in the legal field as a Deputy Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division acting as a legal representative of Pierce County, handling all phases of litigation including practice in state and federal trial and appellate courts.  Duties are performed with professional discretion and within office guidelines, professional ethics and standards, and legal requirements.  An attorney in this classification exercises independent judgment, initiative and resourcefulness in adapting policies and precedents to complex situations or to provide legal advice regarding a course of action.  This is an exempt, represented position.  



  • Independently handles litigation and legal matters on behalf of Pierce County in Superior Court, United States District Court, Appellate Courts, and quasi-judicial bodies.  The attorney represents the County through pre-litigation claims processes, discovery, motion hearings, trials and any appeals.
  •  Drafts and prepares legal briefs, memoranda, and discovery using word processing skills.
  •  Advocates verbally and in writing in court and litigation related proceedings.
  •  Handles other projects as assigned.
  •  Just as important as the ability to perform the essential functions of the position are the following core competencies and characteristics:
  •  The desire and ability to uphold the mission and core values of the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office as outlined below.
  •  The ability to interact in a positive and engaging manner with internal and external customers treating every contact as a valued individual contributing to inclusiveness in the work environment and embracing and promoting diversity.
  •  Exceptional interpersonal ability and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  •  The ability to build partnerships and promote teamwork.
  •  A professional image and positive, approachable demeanor.
  •  A commitment to teamwork and helping others achieve goals.
  •  The ability to multi-task and handle numerous responsibilities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  •  Creativity and open-mindedness.
  •  Strong learning acumen.
  •  Ability to type on a personal computer at an acceptable level of proficiency for independent production of work product and operate standard office machines.

 Mission Statement:

Pursuing Justice.  Representing the People.  Serving Our Community.


Core Values:

Justice:           We vigorously protect the rights of the people of Pierce County and hold offenders accountable.  We support crime victims and their families.
Excellence:    We maintain the highest standards of personal and professional performance in service to the community.
Teamwork:    We work respectfully with each other, all members of the justice system, and the community to promote the public good.
Accountability: We believe in open government and accept responsibility for the decisions we make.  We are fiscally sound, innovative and operationally efficient.
Integrity:   We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in carrying out our responsibilities.
Respect:    We treat our co-workers and all members of the community professionally, fair and with dignity.



U.S. Citizen (RCW 36.27.010, RCW 36.27.040, and RCW 29) and admitted as an attorney in the State of Washington (RCW 36.27.010) plus at least three to five years of civil litigation practice, including tort defense experience.
Ability to successfully complete and pass a thorough background investigation and interview is required.  A valid Washington State driver's license is required. Supplemental Information


To be considered for this opportunity, please complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application by selecting "APPLY" above or go to:

If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.

Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need.

This is a competitive selection process.  Your materials will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed.  Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration.  Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.  Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews. 
Pierce County will provide reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities during the selection process, if requested.  Please notify the Human Resources Department at (253) 798-7480 of the accommodation needed, preferably at the time of application, but at least two days prior to the date needed.
It is the policy of Pierce County that no person shall be subjected to employment discrimination because of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.

AgencyPierce County

AddressPierce County Human Resources
950 Fawcett Avenue, Suite 200 
Tacoma, Washington, 98402.

Phone(253) 798-7480 
For Sheriff's Department positions: 253-798-6250


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