Attorney 2 Position for the West Virginia Department of Commerce

Category: Executive
Department/Division: Commerce
Travel Required: Occasionally
Level/Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Position Type: Full-time
Start Date: As soon as possible

Under the supervision of the General Counsel for the Department of Commerce, the Attorney 2 position performs legal work for various agencies within the Department.

In this role, the Attorney 2 will work closely with the Office of the Secretary and will help must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and will be responsible for:

  • Solving problems
  • Leading teams
  • Helping design new strategies to grow job opportunities for West Virginians
  • Handling diverse legal issues related to state government operations, compliance with federal regulations, federal grants, and private industry
  • Legal research and writing primarily related to economic development policies, incentives, and strategy
  • Assisting with ongoing litigation, administrative grievances, and other legal disputes before other quasi-judicial forums
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts with government entities, quasi-government entities, non-profits and corporations through various programs, including job training, community development, business development and federal programs
  • Drafting and tracking legislation
  • Drafting and tracking legislative rules
  • Providing counsel and legal advice to various agencies and their leadership
  • Helping manage property acquisition programs
  • Representing agencies and/or the Department in public meetings

Educational Requirements and Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited school of law
  • Licensed in good standing to practice law in the State of West Virginia

Minimum Requirements:
  • Two years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in the practice of law 
  • Transactional experience in real estate and property law
  • Strong understanding of business and finance concepts, business formation, tax laws, and raising capital
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Sound legal and practical judgment
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Securities, private equity, and/or debt financing experience a plus

Additional Notes:

About the West Virginia Department of Commerce: The Department is focused on advancing West Virginia by growing high-quality jobs, promoting tourism, and preserving natural resources.  The Department houses nine separate agencies, including the Development Office, Office of Tourism, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Labor, Division of Forestry, WorkForce West Virginia, Office of Miners Health Safety and Training, Geologic and Economic Survey, and Coal Board. 

About the Development Office:  A large portion of the job will focus on supporting the Development Office serve its clients and to help it succeed in a rapidly changing business environment.  The Development Office supports existing businesses in West Virginia and recruits new businesses to locate in West Virginia.  It has offices in Nagoya, Japan, and Zurich, Switzerland. 


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