Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Legal



Why Montana?

Montana, the Treasure State, fondly known as Big SkyCountry, is the 4th largest state in the U.S., populatedby 1,070,000 people and 2,600,000 cows.Montana’s state animal is the grizzly bear and the state tree is thePonderosa Pine.Magnificent GlacierNational Park resides in Montana, along with the northern corner of YellowstoneNational Park.Twenty-eight millionacres of public land are found in Montana waiting for you to explore and enjoy;including 10 national forests, 16 wilderness areas, 54 state parks, the mightyMissouri River, and numerous other blue-ribbon trout streams.Natural beauty, skiing, snowboarding,snowshoeing, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, wildlife, birds – these setthe backdrop for the culture.ButMontana also offers strong universities, friendly neighbors, and has recentlyheld the title as the state with the strongest entrepreneurial climate with themost small-business start-ups and a huge presence in the high-tech arena.

Why Helena?

Helena is the capital city of Big Sky Country, and thecounty seat of Lewis & Clark County.With 32,000 people in the city limits and 68,000 people in the county,all within 3,498 square miles, you will be surrounded by a whopping 19 peopleper square mile.In other words, yourcommute time will be amazing – even if you live 30 miles from the office!For a small city, grown up from its days as agold-miner camp, Helena offers much culture.A grand civic center, several theatre, ballet, and dance companies, themassive Cathedral of St. Helena, natural hot spring spas, a walking mall on thehistoric downtown Last Chance Gulch, the Montana State Historical Society andMuseum, and the state capitol building itself are all nestled in the PricklyPear Valley in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Learn more about moving to and living in Helena, Montana here.

Why CSI?

As an attorney, we know you have many employment opportunitiesavailable to you. But just as we caughtyour attention with the appeal of a small-city, mountain life, we will alsoappeal to you in creating your professional working environment.The Office of the Montana State Auditor,Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI), is an efficient,highly-regarded, professional regulatory agency with responsibility forconsumer protection of insurance and securities purchasers. Our success derives from having effectiveworking relationships, built on mutual trust and respect for each other’sskills and abilities.We will challengeyou to be the best you can be in both your individual competencies and as a team-player.We have created an environment for successand will work hard to provide opportunity for you to progress in your careerwith mentorship, education, and training.

Your service is rewarded with competitive compensationand generous benefits.

·Work/life balance

·Medical, dental, and vision coverage

·Retirement plans

·Generous paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays

·Pre-tax flexibility spending accounts

·A vibrant Employee Assistance Program

·State of Montana employment may qualify you toreceive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service LoanForgiveness.Look hereto learn more and understand whether or not you may qualify.

Additional benefit package information is available here.



Does this job match your strengths?

We are looking for a litigator wholoves to learn and is interested in staying abreast of, and matching wits with,the ever-changing, technologically-morphing, insurance industry; and the robustsecurities, business capitalization, and crowd-funding arenas. Youwould have an amazing opportunity to learn these financial-sector industries astechnological change sweeps through old business models.

You would be representing the CSI asa Special Assistant Attorney General in complex criminal and civil litigationinvolving the insurance and securities industries. This would includemanaging cases from referral through final judgment. Litigation dutiesinclude drafting all pleadings, engaging in written discovery, drafting andfiling motions and briefs, making court appearances, and taking and defendingdepositions. You would also be representing the CSI in administrativeproceedings under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act. Occasionalappellate advocacy is required in both district court petitions for judicialreview and in Montana Supreme Court appeals.

In addition to the litigation dutiesdescribed above, you would be researching and investigating referrals onmatters concerning regulatory compliance; advising agency staff onadministrative matters; researching and preparing proposed legislation;testifying at legislative hearings; preparing legal opinions; and draftingadministrative rules. Additionally, there may be times when you areappointed to serve as a hearing examiner over administrative cases.

Minimum qualifications for thisposition are:

  • Juris Doctor;
  • Membership in good standing in the State Bar of Montana, or the ability to become a member by the agreed upon start date; and
  • Three years of litigation experience as a lead attorney, preferably with trial experience.
  • Preferred qualifications for this position are:

  • Five or more years as a litigator in a state or federal government agency;
  • Two or more years in the insurance or securities industries; or
  • Two or more years with a state or federal insurance or securities regulator
  • Alternate combinations of experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • What do you need to do to apply?

    If youare interested in protecting Montana consumers through the regulation of theinsurance and securities industries, please submit your resume, a cover letteroutlining your litigation experience, a writing sample of which you are thesole author, and copies of your college and law school transcripts.Inyour resume, please include all work experience that qualifies you for thisposition, including duties and dates of employment (month and year for startand end). Please also include reasons for leaving all positions and threeprofessional business references.

    CSIwill invite a limited number of applicants to a minimum of one structuredinterview. Selectees are subject to successful reference, background,driving record, and fingerprint checks.

    Be sureto mark your attachments as 'relevant' or we will be unable to viewyour documents. Only electronic materials will be accepted. If you needassistance or an accommodation, please contact Human Resources. Failure toattach the requested materials will result in your application being incompleteand will not be considered further.

    Applicantsclaiming employment preference are required to provide proper documentation,i.e. Vet Preference (DD214), Disabled Vet document from U.S. VeteransAdministration certifying service connected disability or purple heart medal,disabled (DPHHS Disability Certification), by the closing date. The State ofMontana Careers system will generate an email with instructions on how tosubmit preference documents.

    Women(and/or) minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouragedto apply.

    Positionopen until filled, first review of applications will be reviewed on February 28, 2020.

    Applicant Pool Statement:If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.Training Assignment:Not Applicable

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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