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Location: Manhattan - Midtown Job ID: 93671 Grade: H Salary Range: Min: $92,493 / Mid: $115,616.50 Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting prior to the Application Deadline.
MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal. We provide service to over 82 million customers annually, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut. A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is the busiest commuter railroad in the nation. MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe commute, great service to its customers and rewarding opportunities to its employees.
Represent Metro-North and other agencies in various matters involving litigation in State and Federal Courts. Represent Metro-North Railroad in the vertical defense of personal injury causes of action; including but not limited to asbestos, toxic tort and cumulative trauma. Represent Metro-North in claims related to the FRSA and other labor related issues.
Defend personal injury lawsuits on vertical basis; investigations, public authority hearings; pleadings; depositions; motion practice; trials.
Represent Metro-North Railroad and other agencies at trials; appeals; mediations; settlement and Court conferences
Represent Metro-North and other agencies as an affirmative claimant or as a defendant in matters related to personal injury litigation.
Coordinate legal strategy with and provide legal advice to various MTA agencies and other departments.
Defend Metro-North in matters related to the FRSA and other labor related issues.
Recruit and supervise law fellows and law interns for the Legal Department.
Provide legal advice to internal departments such as Claims Services, General Counsel and Safety regarding State and Federal regulations applicable to Metro-North and/or other agencies.
Superior trial skills.
Strong commitment to the public service.
Ability to handle a high volume, varied caseloads and function independently and under pressure, often under tight time constraints imposed internally or by the Courts.
Proven ability to effectively defend/prosecute on a vertical basis from pre-suit investigation through trial and appeal.
Proven ability to successfully conduct trials in both Federal and State Courts related to various types of claims involving Metro-North including but not limited to FELA matters, general negligence matters, and matters involving Metro-North’s relationship to other agencies and to outside parties.
Experience handling high exposure causes of action. Proven ability to manage and prioritize varied workload.
Proven ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both verbally and in writing.
Proven ability and great command over all types of research including but not limited to legal research engines (Lexis and Westlaw), general internet searches and investigative searches.
Proven strong analytical skills.
Proven ability to forensically analyze medical records and varied technical information.
Ability to supervise staff, law fellows and legal interns.
Ability to successfully negotiate settlements at mediations both in the Federal and State Courts and with third-party mediators.
Experience advising management in pre-litigation negotiations and settlements.
Proficiency in Microsoft PC applications and/or comparable applications.
Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
Minimum eight (8) years of trial experience in civil or criminal cases with demonstrated ability in all phases of vertical representation. Federal court and appellate experience required.
Admission in Good Standing to the New York State bar or to another State’s bar, with the ability and requirement to waive into the New York State bar expeditiously upon hiring.
Successful candidate must have participated in a significant manner, as lead counsel or assisting lead counsel, in at least 10 trials.
Ability to draft and argue Appeals to both State and Federal higher courts.
Experience with commercial matters including construction law cases both in litigation and with respect to regulatory matters.
Experience in matters related to real estate conflicts litigation.
Experience both in litigating real estate/commercial conflicts and in overseeing outside counsel.
Experience with litigating and defending matters related to labor conflicts such as FRSA claims, retaliation claims, discrimination claims and/or interference with treatment claims.
Familiarity with Adobe 7 and Needles systems.
This is a safety sensitive position and subject to toxicology testing. As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be required to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $95,534.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.
Effective September 2017, all full-time non-agreement personnel other than those directly involved with the movement of trains or delivery of service, or assigned to other emergency response teams, are required to serve in the Station Terminal Auxiliary Response (STAR) program requiring Terminal coverage for Grand Central Terminal (GCT) from 4:30 PM-7:30 PM one week per year or responding to Station STAR duty during a service disruption, system-wide at various hours including nights and weekends. This program is designed to improve Metro-North’s ability to provide customer service during emergencies that impact service delivery or other service disruptions that require staff to provide directions and information to MNR customers at GCT or outlying stations. Please note, hours worked during your participation week are subject to change.
Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.
Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in your current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments.
We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
To apply Online, Please Visit: http://web.mta.info//mta/employment/ Click on Metro-North Railroad, select “Agree,” then Search by Job Title.
MTA Metro-North Railroad is an Equal Opportunity Employer