Lake County State's Attorneys Office


Eric Rinehart

Title: Principal Assistant State’s Attorney


Under the professional direction of the Division Chief, performs complex legal work of advanced difficulty in the Civil Division of the State’s Attorney’s Office. This is a responsible legal position involving the independent performance of difficult legal assignments involving both state and federal litigation and advising clients and elected officials. Employees in this class are fully qualified professional attorneys capable of applying the techniques of the legal profession to any case assigned and assisting assigned clients and elected officials on legal issues. Work as a Principal Assistant State’s Attorney is performed with a minimum amount of instruction and guidance.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This following list of essential functions is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed. • Conducts complex litigation in all stages, including filing, discovery, settlement negotiations and trial • Manages state and federal cases independently including any resulting appeals • Provides legal advice and legal opinions and support to elected officials and clients • Assists other assistant state’s attorneys in the division on areas of expertise • Assists in preparing and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents • Takes direction from supervisors • Performs comprehensive research utilizing Westlaw and other electronic legal research software PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. • Experience in one or more areas of law strongly preferred: experience handling Section1983 litigation, labor and employment matters, employment litigation, labor arbitrations, transactional work, drafting legislative enactments or ordinances, experience advising clients on the OMA or FOIA, work related to taxing bodies, and/or environmental litigation. • Comprehensive knowledge of Illinois and Federal law, local court procedures, rules of civil procedure and the rules of evidence. • Considerable knowledge of federal and state appellate procedures • Strong research, analytical, and negotiation skills. • Ability to clearly communicate legal recommendations to clients and elected officials • Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and to present such materials effectively • Demonstrated ability to provide professional and persuasive court presentations. • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to use a computer. Good knowledge of PC operations and software (word processing, spreadsheet, and document scanning, editing and management system, i.e. Acrobat/Adobe) are required. Good typing skills are also required. COMPETENCY: To perform the job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following competencies. • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Uses intuition and experience to complement the analysis. • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions. • Case Management – Develops case management plan; Coordinates case management with co-workers; Communicates case progress and status periodically. • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings. • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information. • Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Monitors transition and evaluated results. • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values. • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Adapts strategy to changing conditions. • Judgement - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions. • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans. • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments. • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Monitors own work to ensure quality. • Quantity - Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity. • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly. • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time. • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments. • Initiative - Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent action. EDUCATION and/or Other Requirements: • Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree program from an American Bar Association approved law school. • A minimum of five years of experience as a licensed attorney; alternatively, similar amount of experience working with and representing local governments preferred. • Licensed Attorney in the State of Illinois. PHYSIOLOGICAL FACTORS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. PHYSIOLOGICAL FACTORS: The psychological demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. • Ability to maintain pleasant working relationships with judges, attorneys, co-workers, elected officials, county clients and the public. • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made in order to perform the essential functions. This job description describes a general category of jobs. In order to meet the needs of Lake County Government or its departments, employees may be assigned other duties, in addition to or in lieu of those described above, and any duties are subject to change at any time. TO APPLY:

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