The Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2021 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and 2022 Top Workplace USA — has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect. We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.
The Attorney General’s Office seeks an experienced attorney to join its Tax Litigation Division which is housed in the Solicitor General’s Section of the Office. The attorney’s primary caseload will involve representing the Minnesota Department of Revenue in tax protests filed with the Minnesota Tax Court, a specialized court with the jurisdiction to hear and determine matters related to Minnesota’s tax laws. The position will also include appellate work arising out of the decisions of the Minnesota Tax Court, which are immediately appealable as a matter of right to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Tax Litigation Division of the Office also represents the Minnesota Department of Revenue and other state agencies in bankruptcy courts throughout the country.
Responsibilities: The successful applicant will litigate tax cases before the Minnesota Tax Court. In this position, the lawyer will act as lead counsel in all phases of assigned cases, including pleadings, discovery, and trial with minimal oversight. In addition, the successful applicant will assist and support other attorneys in the division on cases requiring more than one attorney.
Qualifications: Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota;
o Three years of complex civil litigation experience;
o An interest in handling cases involving complex statutory schemes;
o An interest in appellate work; o Excellent research and writing skills;
o Proven ability to litigate autonomously and to make strategic legal decisions as lead counsel on a caseload involving different tax types;
o Proven ability to counsel and advise clients throughout all stages of a case;
o Ability to travel to counties throughout the state;
o Experience using electronic files, case management tools, and e-discovery platforms;
o Proven ability to contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public;
o Proven ability to multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines; and
o Proven ability to work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment.
o Five or more years of complex litigation experience, including the use of experts at trial;
o Knowledge of state and federal tax laws or a proven track record of handling cases that implicate complex statutory schemes;
o Knowledge of the Bankruptcy Code; and
o Appellate experience, including drafting briefs and arguing before appellate courts or an appellate clerkship.
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.
Service with the Office may qualify applicants to have part of their student loans forgiven under the federal student loan forgiveness program that applies to state government employees. (For more information, visit https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service).
Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.
Application Information: Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. Applications are preferred by July 7th, 2022.
1. Go to www.mn.gov/careers;
2. Apply for posting number 56757
3. Please ensure to include a writing sample (up to five pages) within the cover letter.
Note: The Attorney General’s Office greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity. It is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or military status. If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please call June Walsh at (651) 757-1199 or (800) 627-3529 (Minnesota Relay).