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Litigation Attorney Job Posting



The University of Missouri System, located in Columbia, Missouri, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, with an emphasis on litigation.  This position will be based in the Office of the General Counsel in Columbia, Missouri and will report directly to the General Counsel.  The University of Missouri System consists of four academic campuses located in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis, and the University Health System.  The System has more than 71,000 students and 24,000 employees and its health system provided 127,822 patient days of hospital care and 532,239 clinic visits in fiscal year 2010.

Responsibilities for this position primarily will focus on representing and advising the University and its officers and employees in litigation.  The caseload will be in state and federal court and is expected to emphasize employment litigation, with cases involving torts, academic issues, contracts, and other matters also likely.  Duties will include frequently serving as the sole attorney on cases; in some cases teaming with other attorneys in the Office and occasionally with outside counsel; handling cases through all stages of litigation, including pleadings, motions, discovery, trial, and appeal; providing advice and representation in matters in which the University and its personnel are non-parties, such as responding to subpoenas; coordinating closely with University risk management personnel and insurance carriers; keeping the General Counsel well-informed; and informing and advising relevant personnel concerning litigation.  This attorney also will contribute to the non-litigation work of the office including providing advice, representation, and training for University personnel on a range of topics and performing other responsibilities assigned by the General Counsel.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have demonstrated skill, knowledge, and experience in litigation, including significant trial experience; ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization and external contacts; demonstrated skills in client service, oral and written communication and time management; and proven ability to effectively develop trust, respect and cooperation across all areas of an organization and staff levels. 

Candidate must have a law degree.  At least five years experience in litigation is required.  Admission to Missouri Bar or eligibility for admission by reciprocity is necessary.  Starting salary is negotiable.  The University provides an excellent benefits package.  Beginning October 10, 2011, apply online at

Reviewed 2012-07-02.