Assistant City Solicitor

Posting Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Department: Law Department
Job Title: 
Assistant City Solicitor
Appointing Authority:
 Mayor Jared C. Nicholson
Term: Three (3) year term**
**Successful candidate is eligible for tenure if re-appointed after initial three (3) year term

$119,723.16 - 0-4 years MA state/municipal creditable service
*$124,512.09 - 5-9 years MA state/municipal creditable service
*$125,709.32 - 10-14 years MA state/municipal creditable service
*$130,498.24 - 15-19 years MA state/municipal creditable service
*$131,695.48 - 20-24 years MA state/municipal creditable service
*$132,892.71 - 25-29 years MA state/municipal creditable service
*$138,878.89 - 30+ years MA state/municipal creditable service

The City of Lynn seeks a diligent, thorough, detail-oriented attorney to join the City’s Law Department for an initial term of three years, per Section 6-5 of the City of Lynn Charter, as an Assistant City Solicitor. The successful candidate will work well in a fast-paced environment, be engaged and proactive with other members of the Law Department team under the direction of the City Solicitor, and have experience working in municipal government. The Assistant City Solicitor is appointed by the Mayor of the City of Lynn, subject to confirmation by the Lynn City Council, and will be a full-time employee working in person at Lynn City Hall during regular business hours.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Be a practicing attorney in good standing and duly admitted as an attorney and counselor in the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
• Work under the general supervision and direction of the City Solicitor.
• Assist the City Solicitor in the duties of their office as defined by ordinance.
• Appear at City Council meetings, committee meetings, members of municipal boards and commissions as directed by the City Solicitor.
• Assist in the defense and prosecution of legal actions brought by and against the City of Lynn.
• Assist in the drafting of all municipal ordinances.
• Advise the Mayor, City Council, and Department Heads on matters relating to municipal government.
• Expected to appear before the Federal Court, Superior Court, District Court, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and other federal and state tribunals.
• The City Solicitor may reassign the duties of the Third Assistant City Solicitor at any time based upon the needs of the office.

• Admission to Massachusetts Bar required.
• Admitted or will be admitted to the Federal Courts within three (3) months of appointment.
• Experienced in litigation, including conducting depositions and trials.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Experience in municipal government strongly preferred, including but not limited to:
o The defense of Massachusetts General Laws (MGL). c. 258 claims. 84 claims, civil rights actions, MCAD claims
o Representation of municipalities before the Massachusetts State Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Judicial Court
o Experience in public records law, open meeting laws, Massachusetts Building Codes, MGL. c. 30B, conflicts of interest law and MGL c. 268A.
o Experience with 30A and administrative hearings.
• Bilingual/bicultural candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
• When applicants are substantially similar in terms of qualifications, preference will be given to candidates who have resided in the City of Lynn for a continuous twelve-month period prior to the date of posting.

This is a Level 2 Department Head position subject to confirmation by the Lynn City Council.

How To Apply
A completed application, including a resumecover letter, and a writing sample that demonstrates the candidate’s legal acumen (i.e. court pleadings including but not limited to motions, briefs, affidavits et al) can be submitted via:

- Email ([email protected])
- Regular Post
- In-Person at the Personnel Dept., Room 307 in Lynn City Hall During Regular Business Hours

If submitting via e-mail, please include the Job Title in the subject line. A review of applications will begin the week of February 19, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

Job Title: “Assistant City Solicitor"


The City of Lynn is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer!

All applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment in employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, familial status, genetic information, or any other status prohibited by law.

If you have any questions about the application process or need assistance, please call (781) 586-4000 or email us at [email protected].