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Attorney/Associate Attorney, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office

Posted 2 years ago

Salary See Position Description

Location Downtown Minneapolis

Job TypeFull-time

DepartmentCounty Attorney’s Office

Job Number20CAO341JR001

Closing1/20/2021 11:59 PM Central


The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (CAO) is seeking to fill Associate Attorney and Attorney positions. The CAO serves as the chief prosecutor of all felony and juvenile crimes in Hennepin County. The CAO is also responsible for providing legal counsel to the Board of Commissioners and all county departments, as well as representing the county government in civil lawsuits, child support matters, and child protection actions.
 Location and hours:
This position is located in Downtown Minneapolis at the Government Center 300 South 6th Street Minneapolis, MN 55415. Work hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
About the position type:
The current position is a full-time, grant-funded, benefit earning position lasting up to 2 years.

  • Associate Attorney: $63,205.69 – $104,123.56 Annually 
  • Attorney: $72,636.62 – $142,901.57 Annually

In this position, you will:

  • Prepare cases for prosecution of criminal statutes and/or fraud cases for prosecutions. 
  • Try civil and criminal cases and prosecute appeals. 
  • Interview prospective complainants and police officers relative to the violation of statutes and filing of complaints. 
  • Perform legal work involved in the purchase and sale of real property by the county. 
  • Render legal opinions and resolutions, motions, contracts, and other legal documents. 
  • Interpret and furnish information regarding county ordinances; check specifications, contracts, and special assessment proceedings. 
  • Examine general claims, warrants, and demands against the county to determine their legality; examine and approve deeds, bonds, contracts, and other documents. 
  • Confer with and provide legal advice to county departments regarding the legality of proposed expenditures and other actions. 
  • Prepare briefs, opinions, pleadings, and other legal papers; confer with attorneys, other county employees and other interested parties regarding criminal prosecutions or civil cases. 
  • Conduct necessary legal research; keep case records and make reports; perform necessary research, work investigations, and preparation of briefs for the trial of cases involving criminal prosecution.

Need to have:

  • Associate Attorney:
    • Admission to the Bar of the State of Minnesota at the time of application submission.
  • Attorney:
    • Admission to the Bar of the State of Minnesota at the time of application submission and two years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Nice to have:

  • Excellent trial skills, including criminal trial experience.
  • Experience working in a county attorney’s office (or equivalent office in Minnesota or another
  • Knowledge of:
    • Local laws and ordinances, established precedents, and legal reference sources.
    • The principles, methods, and practices of legal research and investigation.
    • Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
    • The pleading and practice of effective presentation of court cases.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and persuasive public speaking ability.
  • Ability to:
    • Charge criminal cases.
    • Try cases independently.
    • Establish effective working relationships and to collaborate with other county

About the department:The mission of the County Attorney’s Office is to serve justice and public safety through our commitment to ethical prosecution, crime prevention, and through innovative and reasoned client representation.
About Hennepin County: 
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals — that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.
The list of candidates created from this posting will be used to fill full-time, benefit-earning, permanent, grant-funded and limited duration (for up to two years) Associate Attorney and Attorney positions, in any division of the CAO. Selection will be based upon the qualifications of the applicants. 
Applicants must attach a cover letter and a resume in order to apply for this position. 

This position may be internally classified as an Associate Attorney.
Click here to view the job classification specification.

This position may be internally classified as an Attorney.
Click here to view the job classification specification.

The work assigned to a position allocated to this class may not include all of the job functions or knowledge, skills, abilities, and physical requirements indicated nor does the class specification include all work that may be assigned or restrict the emphasis of the work assigned.
 Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Laura Miller

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