Legal Counsel, Construction/Commercial Litigation

March 5 2019
Industries Public administration
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Litigation
Mississauga, ON

Req ID: 1666
Vacancy Type: Permanent
Number of Positions: 1
Closing Date: 03/19/2019

Job Summary

Working for the City means you are part of something big, something special!! You will be part of a team of engaging, enthusiastic and dedicated people that are committed to collaborating with one another to deliver on our commitment to the residents, visitors and businesses of Mississauga.

Do you want to be part of a dynamic team?

You can make an impact by joining the City of Mississauga's legal team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Deputy City Solicitor, Litigation, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Carriage of construction litigation files, including lien actions and adjudications, as well as general commercial litigation files, including breach of contract, warranty claims and collection actions
  • Opportunity for carriage of tort files, including negligent building inspection and subrogated property damage claims
  • Together with the City’s procurement lawyers, providing advice to City staff on updating contracts and construction project management processes to ensure readiness for, and compliance with, the amended Construction Act
  • Guiding investigations, developing legal strategies, conducting examinations for discovery, retaining external experts, negotiating and settling actions and attending mediations, Pre-Trials and Trials, all in a cost-effective manner
  • Researching legal issues and preparing legal opinions and reports
  • Providing strategic legal advice to City staff
  • Travelling to court houses and court reporting offices within Ontario.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A University Degree in Law (LLB or JD)
  • Member in good standing as a Lawyer with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Minimum 3-7 years’ experience providing a broad range of legal services, primarily focused in the area of construction litigation and general commercial litigation
  • Sound working knowledge of the Rules of Civil Procedure, the Construction Act, and the Municipal Act, 2001
  • Demonstrated ability to manage litigation files, including drafting pleadings, conducting legal research and analysis; providing oral and written legal advice and opinions; conducting examinations for discovery, mediations, adjudications, motions and trials as required
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing,
  • Ability to exercise appropriate and sound judgement and discretion in dealing with privileged or controversial matters and ability to provide advice and direction to members of Council, senior management and City staff, as necessary.
  • Demonstrated political acumen and ability to negotiate, facilitate and mediate towards a cost-effective resolution to litigation files.
  • Organizational skills and the proven ability to work under tight deadlines and determine work priorities are necessary.
  • Ability to work with paperless litigation files
  • Must maintain current knowledge of developments in law and their application to municipalities.



Hourly Rate/Salary: $ 109,123.00 - $ 145,496.00
Hours of Work: 35
Work Location: Civic Centre
Department/Division/Section: CMO/City Manager's Office , CMO/Legal Services , Litigation
Non-Union/Union: Non Union

A Criminal Record Search will be required of the successful candidate, their own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.

We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

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