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Staff Attorney

Posted 2 years ago

Working Title:  Staff Attorney

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 03/15/2021

Closing Date: 04/19/2021

Hiring Agency: Office of Administrative Hearings

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday – Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $27.56- $40.61/ hourly; $57,545 – $84,794/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 219–Professional/Commissioner’s

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is seeking applicants to serve as an Attorney 1 in the Workers’ Compensation Division.

OAH renders justice through fair, timely and impartial administrative hearings and high-quality dispute resolution services. Each year, 10,000 new workers’ compensation cases are filed at OAH, involving 7,500 workers and their employers, insurers and medical providers.

Core responsibilities:

Conduct legal research.

Provide legal analysis and opinion.

Independently prepare drafts of interim orders, medical summaries and final Findings and Orders.

Serve as a point of contact for attorneys and pro se parties seeking answers to procedure questions.


Complete the online application available.

Submit a writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages).

All documents required MUST be received no later than the close of this posting.


Minimum Qualifications

Current licensure in good standing to practice law in the State of Minnesota.

Must have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.)

Ability to research, understand, interpret and explain relevant law, and apply it in complex legal and factual settings.

Ability to speak and write effectively, including drafting clear, concise and well-reasoned findings of fact, conclusions and orders.

Produce high quality legal writing, with appropriate analysis and using proper citation form.

Relate and communicate effectively with individuals who do not share the same culture, ethnicity, language or other common experiences.

Handle high volume requests within statutory guidelines.

Comply with all applicable codes of ethics.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior executive branch or judicial branch experience drafting judicial opinions/orders/decisions, and conducting legal research.

Knowledge of workers’ compensation law.

Demonstrated commitment to public service.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

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If you have questions about the position, contact Jill Melzarek at or 651-361-7834.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job posting ID#/number to Jill Melzarek at by the position close date.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact Jill Melzarek at


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.

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