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Litigation Attorney

The University of Missouri System, located in Columbia, Missouri, is seeking qualified applicants for an attorney emphasizing litigation in the Office of the General Counsel. This position will be based in the Office of the General Counsel in Columbia, Missouri, although hybrid work arrangements may be considered. This position will report to the General Counsel. The University of Missouri System consists of four academic universities located in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis, and the University Health System. The UM System has more than 75,000 students and 24,000 employees. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services to all the universities, Health System, and the university system offices.

Responsibilities for the position primarily will focus on representing and advising the University 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; teaming with other attorneys in the Office or monitoring outside counsel in other cases; 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; and keeping the General Counsel well informed. The 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, conducting and coordinating internal investigations, participating in internal grievance and disciplinary proceedings, drafting and reviewing contracts, and performing other responsibilities assigned by the General Counsel.

To perform this job successfully, individuals should have demonstrated skill, knowledge, and experience in litigation and employment law; 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. Other responsibilities may include service on University committees; policy development and review; and creating and delivering training programs. The attorney should be enthusiastic about taking a client-centered, business-oriented, collegial approach to representing a land grant public research institution. Individuals should be prepared to promote a culture of ethics, integrity, and compliance.

Candidates must have a law degree and be in good standing with all bars or bar associations and no prior disciplinary matters. Admission to Missouri Bar or eligibility for admission by reciprocity is necessary.   At least three years’ experience is preferred with knowledge of federal, state and local laws.  The starting salary is negotiable.  The University provides a benefits package.  Apply on-line at

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Reviewed 2023-04-14