Minimum Qualifications The ideal applicant will be a highly-motived individual with at least seven (7) years of experience litigating in New York courts. Applicants must possess excellent analytical, writing, research, and communication skills. Applicants must also have strong organizational skills and the ability to handle a diverse, fast-paced, and high-volume caseload comprised of document review, investigations, affirmative litigation, and settlement negotiations. Additionally, the applicant must have a demonstrated ability to jump-start investigations and litigation by identifying issues and creating case strategies that either lead to settlement or prosecution of the claims. Strong preference will be given to applicants with prior experience litigating on behalf of or against the government and/or an understanding of the Martin Act or real property laws.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that attorneys in the Office be citizens of the United States. A two (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.
Duties Description The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking an experienced affirmative litigator with a background in real estate, securities, and/or government litigation to serve as Senior Enforcement Counsel in the Real Estate Finance Bureau (REF).
REF is charged with the enforcement of Article 23-A of the New York General Business Law (the “Martin Act”) and governing regulations that relate to real estate securities, including syndications and cooperative interests in realty such as cooperatives, condominiums, timeshares, homeowners associations, and senior living communities. REF also has jurisdiction over the conversion of rental buildings to condominiums and cooperatives as well as affordable housing developments that include the offer of cooperative interests in realty.
REF’s Enforcement Section enforces the Martin Act both through investigating complaints from the public and developing affirmative initiatives with other OAG bureaus and government agencies on issues such as the preservation of affordable housing and abuse of tax benefits. REF has recently investigated issues such as misuse of purchaser down payments, failure to disclose environmental hazards, misleading sales practices, and the violation of tenants’ rights in cooperative and condominium conversions.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
• Investigating complaints from the public related to Martin Act violations.
• Identifying issues for affirmative litigation initiatives and developing such initiatives from the ground up.
• Drafting subpoenas, motions, complaints, petitions, and settlement agreements.
• Taking testimony of witnesses, litigating cases in various courts, and engaging in settlement negotiations.
• Interacting on a regular basis with attorneys for other government agencies, real estate developers, tenants, and property owners.
• Coordinating with attorneys in REF’s Regulatory Review Section on investigations related to issues identified during REF’s regulatory review process.
• Assisting with the development of REF’s policy, regulatory, and legislative initiatives.
Additional Comments OAG employees serve more than 19.85 million state residents through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The OAG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.
Salary commensurate with experience.
PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise specified in the “Notes on Applying” section, the “Application Due” date associated with this posting is not the last day applications can be submitted. Applications for this position will be accepted by the hiring bureau on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected; recruitment for this position can be closed or suspended at any time. For the most current information on available position vacancies, applicants are advised to review the Office of the New York State Attorney General website (www.ag.ny.gov/job-postings) or contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 212-416-8080.
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Notes on ApplyingHOW TO APPLY
Applications are being received online. To apply, please visit our careers website: https://ag.ny.gov/job-postings, Reference No. REF_SEC_NYC_3250
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
• Cover Letter (which may be addressed to Legal Recruitment);
• List of three (3) references (with contact information including email addresses); and a
• Writing Sample.
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment via email at email@example.com or phone at 212-416-8080.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: ag.ny.gov.