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The Florida Legislature
Senate Office of the General Counsel

Job Title

Senior Attorney (Office of the General Counsel)

Working Title

Deputy General Counsel

General Summary

This is intermediate level work providing professional legal counsel, advice, and opinions on legal matters.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Conducts legal research in evaluating state statutes and prepares legal opinions on questions submitted by authorized persons, and trial briefs, pleadings, and oral arguments for cases brought before state and federal courts.
  • Prepares and drafts contracts, agreements, and related legal documents for authorized parties.
  • Drafts legislative bills, resolutions, and amendments in technically complete language.
  • Provides legal counsel and advice to authorized persons in drafting legislation and developing agency programs and regulations, and interprets state and federal legislation as it affects the operations of state agency programs.
  • Recommends needed changes to legislation based upon trends in case law, agency comment or citizen request.
  • Performs legal research concerning the interpretation of Florida Statutes and on other matters in question for Legislators and staff; answers telephone inquiries and composes routine responses to constituents.
  • Assists in preparing trial briefs, pleadings, and oral arguments for cases brought before state and federal courts.
  • Assists in representing the Legislature in court and at legislative or administrative hearings under supervision of more experienced attorneys.
  • Handles administrative litigation on utility matters relating to water and wastewater, electric, and gas service; performs legal research and prepares legal opinions and drafts routine pleadings, briefs relating to utility issues; conducts discovery through depositions, interrogatories and requests for production of documents. Represents the Legislature in court and at legislative or administrative hearings.
  • Reviews agency action pursuant to Chapter 120, the Administrative Procedures Act, to identify instances of the invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority; monitors Florida court cases and administrative decisions and advises agencies accordingly; prepares and presents proposed objections to full committee; reviews statutes passed each session and calls to the attention of the agencies all those which may require administrative rule promulgation, repeal or amendment.
  • Drafts binding, judicially reviewable opinions interpreting the ethics laws for consideration and adoption by the Commission on Ethics; prepares written orders analyzing the legal
  • sufficiency of complaints received by the Commission; assists Commission members who serve as hearing officers at public hearings in making legal rulings and by preparing recommended orders.
  • Drafts Reviser’s Bills; edits and revises the text of the Florida Statutes manuscript; indexes new legislation for the Florida Statutes, the Digest of General Laws, and the Laws of Florida.
  • Maintains communications with agency heads, or their assigned deputies, assistants, and agency general counsel.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure.
  • Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, research, and organization.
  • Ability to provide legal counsel.
  • Ability to interpret state and federal legislation, laws, and rules.
  • Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction.
  • Ability to take initiative on independent research projects.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to use independent judgment when releasing information to the public.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data.
  • Ability to conduct meetings and to make presentations.
  • Ability to perform legal writing and prepare various legal documents.
  • Ability to research legal documents and legal references.
  • Ability to prepare and present trial briefs, pleadings, and oral arguments.

Minimum Qualifications

Attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar and two years of professional experience in the practice of law, legal research, teaching law, or in administrative or judicial hearings.


Salary commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Interested parties may send a completed Florida Legislature Employment Application and resume to:
Jeremiah Hawkes, General Counsel 
RE:  Senate General Counsel
The Capitol, Suite 302
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL. 32399-1100


Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.