Performs responsible professional and supervisory work in providing competent in-house legal counsel, analysis and research pertaining to the Authority's legal issues and concerns. Also represents the Authority before Courts of law.
Provides advice and represents the Authority in a variety of areas, including personal injury, workers' compensation, contracts and general corporate matters; performs legal research and provides opinions and memoranda;
Advises claims adjuster and other Authority employees in their handling of tort claims, with the objective of efficiently disposing of such claims in the most cost-effective manner consistent with Authority policy; reviews and manages claims and collections; consults with witnesses; negotiates with opposing attorneys and recommends settlement outcomes to VP Legal & Govt. Affairs/General Counsel;
Monitors compliance with all local, state and federal laws; monitors current ADA compliance; monitors claims experience and calculates probable legal liability to the Authority;
Prepares legal pleadings, motions, statements, trial briefs, etc.; conducts examinations of legal and claims records, consults with witnesses, clients, and claims personnel in pre-trial preparation; prepares appeals and performs the necessary research on motions; with the objective of disposing of such claims in the most cost-efficient manner consistent with Authority policy, negotiating settlements with opposing attorneys;
Receives claim files for personal injury cases and prepares files for trial as necessary, including case investigation, preparation of pleadings, taking of depositions, responding to interrogatories with the objective of disposing of such claims in the most cost-efficient manner consistent with COTA policy; negotiates settlement with personal injury attorneys and with workers' compensation plaintiff attorneys;
Administers and conducts collection activities, including representation at judgment debtor examinations, debtor location and execution of judgments including possession of property and wage garnishments;
Drafts and analyzes proposed and/or existing contracts, prepares legal documents, and reviews company policies; and
Assists COTA in achieving its Affirmative Action goals and in eliminating discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or disability;
Performs other non-trial and trial responsibilities; and
Performs legal research and provides opinions and memoranda.
Requires a Juris Doctor and three (3) years of experience in litigation; and
Requires admission to the Ohio Bar; Federal Court licensure preferred.
About Central Ohio Transit Authority
COTA is central Ohio's public transportation provider, providing nearly 19 million passenger trips per year.
The Authority’s fleet of more than 325 fixed-route buses operate across a service area of 562 square miles in Franklin County and parts of Delaware, Fairfield, Licking and Union counties. COTA’s paratransit service, Mainstream, serves seniors and people with disabilities with 250,000+ trips each year.
COTA’s roughly 1,100 employees include more than 700 bus operators. The Authority is always hiring. Visit www.cota.com/jobs to view our openings.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority will be the region’s transportation leader.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority is committed to excellence in serving our stakeholders – customers, employees and taxpayers. We will deliver quality transportation services and conduct business courteously, safely, ethically and reliably. We will demonstrate leadership that is fiscally responsible and environmentally conscientious.
We desire a work environment where employees are proud and devoted to work, treated fairly, feel respected and are productively engaged as mutual partners in the achievement of Autho...rity goals. All employees are expected to embrace and practice the values and standards of behavior established by the organization.