TxDOT Attorney IV
Texas Department of Transportation - Mesquite, TX

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Performs complex professional legal work concerning the compliance and interpretation of federal and state laws, rules and regulations for the Department. Work requires contact with governmental agencies and private entities. Employees at this level establish their own work plan and priorities to meet set objectives. Issues are rarely referred to the supervisor but are handled at the occurrence.


Education and Experience

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law schoolplus five (5) years professional legal experience in real estate law, governmental law or contract law. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. (Experience requirements may be satisfied by full-time experience or the prorated part-time equivalent.)

The Texas Penal Code (Section 32.52) prohibits the use of fraudulent or substandard degrees. Education and degree information listed on applications will be verified for all final applicants. See "Education Verification" on Careers page for information on verifying degrees.


Extensive knowledge of

Applicable laws, rules and regulations

Considerable knowledge of

Real property law, conveyances and easement documents, and real estate land titles

Expert skill in

Developing, interpreting and implementing policies, procedures and technical information

Researching, analyzing and interpreting policies and state and federal laws and regulations

Preparing legal documents including deeds, easements, opinions, case law summaries and legislative impact statements

Proficient skill in

Maintaining effective working relationships with others

The use of personal computers and applicable programs, applications and systems

Ability to

Communicate effectively


Researches legal issues, advises on legal questions and interprets laws, rules and regulations especially as they relate to real property acquisition and title issues under both State and Federal laws and regulations.

Prepare, review and interpret legal opinions, briefs, decisions, orders, contracts, real property conveyance instruments, easements, eminent domain judgments, title commitments, agreements, attorney's certificates and other legal instruments.

Reviews and renders legal advice on a variety of legal issues.

Coordinates and advises on the legal and title aspects of the disposition and exchange of surplus property.

Performs legal work relating to the regulation and control of outdoor advertising signs, junkyards and beautification laws.

Drafts and reviews or assists in drafting and reviewing bills or amendments for legislative consideration.

Formulates and recommends rules and policies.

Travels overnight in a state or personal vehicle to complete Department assignments.

Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Driver 's record check will be conducted by the Department. Satisfactory driving records are required for driving state or personal vehicles and motor driven equipment to conduct agency business.

Must attend work regularly and observe approved work hours.

External final applicants for any department position who could potentially be required to drive for the department must pass a drug test prior to employment and will be subject to reasonable cause testing during employment.

External final male applicants who are 18-25 years of age will be required to furnish proof of registration or exemption from registration with the Selective Service System.

Successful completion of a post-offer/pre-employment physical exam at the employer's expense is required.

If hired, employee must provide document(s) within three(3) days of hire date that establish identity and employment eligibility. A complete list of acceptable documents is on file with the local Texas Workforce Commission office.

Department employees or family members will not have, either directly or indirectly, any financial or other personal interest in a department (or a TxDOT) contract or subcontract of any kind. A contract may not be awarded to an entity that is owned in whole or in part by any TxDOT employee or immediate family member.

As part of its employment process, TxDOT may procure or have prepared a criminal background check. An applicant with an unsatisfactory criminal background check report is ineligible to be hired for the position for which the report is initiated.

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