Assistant Corporation Counsel I - Collection Ownership and Administrative Litiga
Chicago, IL 
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Assistant Corporation Counsel I - Collection Ownership and Administrative Litigation Division Job Number: 361834


Collection Ownership and Administrative Litigation

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel (ACC) in its Collections, Ownership and Administrative Litigation Division. The ACC will work in one of two practice areas: Collections or Ownership. The Collections Unit is responsible for financial litigation including prosecuting and defending debts due and owing to the City at Administrative Hearings, Circuit Court and Federal Court, negotiating settlements and payment agreements, handling probate and foreclosure claims, creating policies and advising Client Departments on current collections issues and laws. The Ownership Unit is responsible for preparing and reviewing title searches to determine property owners, responsible parties, and proper service of process in preparing for litigation for Municipal Code violations. The ACC will abstract, compile, and examine documents from public records and review chains of title to identify property owners and responsible parties, help develop and implement procedures and protocols, conduct law clerk training, and work on a variety of special projects. The ACC will work under the general supervision of the Deputy, Chief, and Supervising Attorney of the Division and assist in the counseling of various Client Departments.


Application Process and Materials

You must submit an on-line application along with your resume here on this site by the post extension date October 13, 2022.

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • One writing sample; and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar's equivalent) or proof that you will be sitting for the Illinois February 2022 bar exam.

Candidates experiencing trouble uploading the required documents to our system may e-mail the documents to: . However, uploading documents directly to your CAREERS applicant profile is our preferred method of receipt.

Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS: Working for the City of Chicago Department of Law may qualify you for loan forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For detailed information, visit or contact your federal loan servicer.

NOTE REGARDING REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Pease do not submit references with your materials. Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above. Submission of references and/or additional materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return e-mails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.



Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705) or sitting for the Illinois February 2022 bar exam.

Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any American law school that has passed and maintains the requirements of accreditation by the American Bar Association ().

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines;
  • The ability to work and communicate well with others;
  • Experience working with short deadlines;
  • The ability to exhibit leadership and initiative on assigned tasks;
  • Superior writing, research and editing skills;
  • Experience providing client counseling;

Preference may be given to candidates possessing the following:

  • Experience in determining real property ownership
  • Experience in reviewing and analyzing property deeds, mortgages, liens and foreclosures
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in collections matters

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

Education & Employment Verification - Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired, you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable.


This position requires applicants to complete an interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected.

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on the documents submitted. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applications will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City of Chicago as outlined in 2-152-050 of the Municipal Code of Chicago. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

City of Chicago Department of Law Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot Celia Meza Christopher Owen

Mayor Acting Corporation Counsel Commissioner

Job Posting: Aug 1, 2022, 4:20:24 PM Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External: Oct 14, 2022, 4:59:00 AM
BU: 09 Salary: commensurate w/experience Pay Basis:Yearly


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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