The Attorney General is looking for an experienced, highly motivated and organized attorney to join her Environmental Crimes Strike Force as an Assistant Attorney General to handle challenging environmental enforcement actions aimed at protecting human health, safety, welfare, and the natural resources of the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Environmental Crimes Strike Force investigates and prosecutes crimes that harm the state’s air, land, or water or pose a significant threat to human health. The Strike Force is an interagency team that includes prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office, officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police, and investigators, engineers, and attorneys from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Strike Force partners meet regularly to evaluate whether enforcement against particular environmental violations should be handled administratively, civilly, or criminally. The most egregious violations are referred for criminal prosecution. In the past several years, the focus of the Strike Force’s criminal prosecutions has been on improper disposal of hazardous waste, failure to properly report spills of oil or hazardous materials, failure to properly abate and dispose of asbestos, failure to abate lead paint hazards, and exposing workers and children to unsafe conditions.
Primary Duties: Investigate, develop, and litigate criminal environmental cases. This Assistant Attorney General may assume an existing caseload of substantive prosecutions and investigations, as well as responsibility for handling new assignments. The duties will include reviewing referrals/complaints; overseeing and conducting grand jury investigations and presentations; evidence review; witness interviews; preparation and review of search warrants; motion practice; settlement negotiations; trial practice; collaboration with Environmental Police, State Police, MassDEP personnel, and others during case development and throughout prosecution; and representing the office at meetings with government agencies and the regulated community.
Position Requirements: The position requires a highly motivated attorney with a minimum of eight years’ experience in the areas of criminal law, environmental law, or both. The attorney must be able to handle multiple complex criminal matters and to represent the Commonwealth effectively in court and with the public. A successful candidate will have excellent writing, communication, and courtroom skills, and must be able to work effectively as a member of a small team, as well as independently. This is a fast-paced environment, and the successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to generate high-quality work, even under time pressure. Must be a member of the Massachusetts bar. Prior experience as a prosecutor is preferred.
Bureau/Division: Energy and Environment /Environmental Crimes Strike Force
Supervisor: Daniel Licata, Chief, Environmental Crimes Strike Force
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Application Process: To apply, visit our recruitment and hiring portal via this link to register, create a profile, upload your cover letter and resume, and submit an application.
Inquiries regarding position & status may be made to:
Cameron Evans, Paralegal