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Staff Counsel

Company name
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs

Manhattan, NY

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City of New York


Job Vacancy Notice

Civil Service Title:




Title Code No:



$66,326.00 / $76,275.00*

*minimum with two years of continuous city service

Office Title:

Staff Counsel

Work location:

42 Broadway, New York, NY

Division/Work Unit:

General Counsel’s Office

Number of Positions:


Job ID:



9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Job Description

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCA licenses more than 81,000 businesses in more than 50 industries and enforces key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws that apply to countless more. By supporting businesses through equitable enforcement and access to resources and, by helping to resolve complaints, DCA protects the marketplace from predatory practices and strives to create a culture of compliance. Through its community outreach and the work of its offices of Financial Empowerment and Labor Policy & Standards, DCA empowers consumers and working families by providing the tools and resources they need to be educated consumers and to achieve financial health and work-life balance. DCA also conducts research and advocates for public policy that furthers its work to support New York City’s communities. For more information about DCA and its work, call 311 or visit DCA at or on its social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

DCA is seeking an experienced attorney to serve in a Staff Counsel position. Reporting to the General Counsel, Associate General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, the Staff Counsel will handle a docket of affirmative consumer protection litigation work that will be heard in the NYS Supreme Court or Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). The Staff Counsel will be responsible for developing, investigating and litigating cases involving deceptive and unfair practices that violate New York City’s consumer protection laws. The Staff Counsel will also:

· Make initial determinations as to whether matters should be investigated; determine legal theories and plans for investigations and carry them out; and review completed investigations or compliance reports for legal sufficiency.

· Assist in investigating matters and preparing cases for trial by securing and preparing evidence, conferring with witnesses, participating in conferences, examining and cross-examining witnesses, conducting oral arguments before the Supreme Court or OATH, and drafting legal documents needed during the various stages of litigation.

· Recommend whether cases should be filed and litigated in Supreme Court or OATH, resolved informally or through settlements; and negotiate settlements as appropriate.

· Try cases before appropriate adjudicatory bodies.

· Confer with other government agencies and Agency divisions.

The ideal candidate will be capable of working in teams, with both attorney and non-attorney staff and will perform ad hoc tasks as required. The ideal candidate is will also have substantive litigation experience, an interest in consumer protection and an inventive, creative mind.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Admission to the New York State Bar; and either 2 or 3 below.

One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or

Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).

Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:

To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Preferred Skills

· Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, analytical, problem-solving and time management skills.

· Demonstrated excellent legal research and writing skills.

· Comfort with data-driven analysis, strategic planning and outreach initiatives.

· Ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with multi-functional teams comprised of attorney

and non-attorney staff.

· Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities with competing deadlines.

· Experience and knowledge in consumer protection and finance laws, administrative law, false advertising litigation, and/or internet and data privacy issues is desired.

To Apply

For Non-City/External Candidates:

Visit the External Applicant NYC Careers site

and search by Job ID number.

For Current City Employees:

Visit Employee Self Service


to view and click on Recruiting Activities, Careers, and search by Job ID number.





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Post Until:


DCA and the City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $66,326.00 to $76,275.00 /year

Required experience:

Assignment Levels I: 1 year

Company info

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
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Company Profile
DCA was created on April 29, 1969 when City Council passed the landmark Consumer Protection Law that gave the agency its broad authority to protect the public from deceptive business practices, making it the first municipal agency of its kind in the country. It was at this time that the City’s Department of Markets, which included the City’s Weights and Measures division, merged with the Department of Licensing to form one unified Department of Consumer Affairs. In 2006, DCA again evolved with the changing marketplace with the creation of its Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), the first local government initiative in the nation aimed expressly at educating, empowering and protecting those with low incomes. DCA’s OFE has emerged as a national leader in the field of municipal financial empowerment and model of local government offering residents consumer protection and financial empowerment has been looked to by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for national replication. Now, with its expanded mission, DCA looks to pioneer the way that city government can protect and enhance the lives of all of players in the marketplace, including consumers, business and workers, and how that work ultimately fosters stronger, more sustainable, and thriving communities.

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