Job Posting: Legal Officer, Attorney I (Enforcement Attorney I)
Legal Officer, Attorney I (Enforcement Attorney I)
Location: Elections Division, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.E., Suite 820, West Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Hiring Salary: $80,000.00
Pay Grade: K
This position is open to current Secretary of State employees and external applicants.
Department: Securities, Charities & Cemeteries
Job Code: LEP020
Supervisor: Division Director
Date Closing: June 1, 2022
Revision Date: May 15, 2020
Under the supervision of the designated Division staff, the Enforcement Attorney (I) is charged with detecting violations to applicable securities, charities and cemeteries laws, and having direct involvement in the investigation and prosecution of individuals or business entities that are in violation of the Georgia Uniform Securities Act of 2008 (“Act”), the Georgia Charitable Solicitations Act of 1988, and the Georgia Cemeteries and Funeral Services Act of 2000 (“Cemeteries Act”) (collectively, “Acts”), and the rules promulgated thereunder.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Conduct research and drafts various documents relating to the enforcement of the Georgia Uniform Securities Act, the Georgia Charitable Solicitations Act of 1988, and the Georgia Cemeteries and Funeral Services Act of 2000.
- Review complaints from the general public as well as from referrals from other regulatory agencies in an effort to determine whether enforcement action should be taken.
- Analyze case files including but not limited to complex business and financial documents in connection with multiple open enforcement proceedings.
- Review investigative reports and identify areas that require further investigation.
- Participate in case related meetings with designated agency legal and investigative staff.
- Participate in the preparation and coordination of cases prior to administrative hearings and informal conferences.
- Participate in and assist with administrative hearings and informal conferences conducted by the Division.
- Participate in the implementation of settlements, agreements, and/or legal judgments within approved guidelines.
- Assist with the planning and performance of compliance examinations and financial reviews of entities registered or required to be registered with the Division.
- Maintain and apply a high level of expertise and knowledge of the Georgia Uniform Securities Act, the Georgia Charitable Solicitations Act of 1988 and the Georgia Cemeteries and Funeral Services Act of 2000 as well as applicable federal securities laws.
- Expand areas of subject matter expertise by researching and keeping up with regulatory trends and updated laws to report to and be a resource to Division management.
- Provide legal interpretation of the Acts to Division staff members, including but not limited to Compliance Examinations staff, registration analysts, licensure analysts, and Division and agency management.
- Assist designated Division staff with the registrations and compliance inspections of registered entities, including but not limited to charity organizations, cemeteries and funeral services establishments and investment advisers and broker-dealers.
- Research and analyze current statutory and case law affecting the agency and/or programs.
- Draft topical legal articles, web site content, as well as new or amended securities, charities and cemeteries regulations.
- Work with other state and federal securities, charities and cemeteries regulators as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of relevant Georgia and federal securities, charities laws and cemeteries (statutes, court decisions, rules/regulations and other precedent) impacting securities registration/exemptions, investment advisers, broker-dealers and administrative procedure.
- Legal research/writing and analysis skills.
- Knowledge of legal methods and processes, including administrative/regulatory processes.
- Ability to perform research and analysis with respect to business and financial matters.
- Ability to draft various legal documents, such as administrative opinions/orders and legal memoranda.
- Knowledge of technical legal writing.
- Knowledge of contract law.
- Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence. · Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to maintain oversight of multiple cases.
- Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts and present such materials in clear and logical form for oral and written presentation.
- Ability to advise Division staff on points of law affecting the Division. · Ability to determine compliance with rules and regulations.
- Ability to determine sufficiency of the information.
- Ability to determine other potential avenues for investigation.
Familiarity with laws, rules and regulations in a closely related financial industry field. Excellent writing, communications and analytical skills are also required.
Experience with and knowledge of Federal or State securities and charities laws and regulations and previous experience in analyzing and investigating complex business/financial transactions and/or participation in criminal, civil, or administrative proceedings is especially preferred.
Graduate of a nationally accredited ABA-approved law school with J.D. Degree. Admitted to practice in all Georgia courts and a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia
Interested In Applying?
Applicants may send one State of Georgia Application and/or their resume to:
Secretary of State/Human Resources Office
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.E.
Suite 820, Floyd West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
If you have a disability and require assistance to apply for a position, please call (404) 656-5551 or the Georgia Relay Service.
The State of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.