• Houston, TX




The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence to the following guiding principles:

• Quality & Service - Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients,
• Partnership & Teamwork - Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City's goals,
• Integrity & Candor - Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior,
• Dignity & Diversity - Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual,
• Innovation & Imagination - Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City's objectives.

Comprised of over 100 of Houston's finest attorneys across ten sections, the Legal Department has the pivotal role of providing litigation support, negotiating and drafting contracts, handling taxation matters, advising on personnel actions, dealing with the acquisition of sale of City property, overseeing City elections, drafting ordinances, advising on ethics and conflicts of interest, and dealing with neighborhood protection and quality of life issues. Every employee is committed to the Department's motto - "Service Through Law."

The City of Houston seeks a solutions-focused transactional attorney with at least 4 years of experience to support the Houston Public Works Department as a member of the Legal Department's Contracts Section.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts related to water and wastewater, including water supply, cost sharing, regional wastewater, and sanitary sewer service agreements.
  • Interacting with state and federal governmental authorities on matters relating to Houston's water rights and infrastructure.
  • Counseling client on procurement rules applicable to federally funded enterprises and projects.
  • Drafting, revising and counseling clients on relevant City policies, procedures, and City Code provisions and training City employees.
  • Assisting the City Attorney and others with special projects such as drafting City Attorney Legal Opinions.
  • Working with litigation teams on disputes involving transactions relating to Houston's water and wastewater.


EDUCATIONAL:Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.

EXPERIENCE:4 years of experience in water law.

LICENSE:Must be a member of the Texas State Bar and have a valid Driver's License.


Preference will be give to applicants that possess:
  • Exceptional contract negotiation and drafting skills.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Above-average academic performance preferred.
  • Willing to take the initiative to identify and solve business and legal issues.
  • Experience working with federal, state and local agencies.
  • General understanding of Texas municipal procurement statutes.
  • Texas water law experience preferred but other jurisdictions will be considered.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and the use of technology in the practice of law.
  • Willing to work extended hours as needed to accommodate work demands.


All applicants will be expected to provide a writing sample, transcripts and letter(s) of recommendation.

If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in similar positions.

Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at:

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or please call 832.393.6090.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided. If you need special services or accommodations, call TTY 7-1-1.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

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