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Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Transit Law

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on March 31, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Do long commutes and collapsing highways have you down? Maybe the answer is in public transportation. We're not talking about taking the bus, though. We're talking about finding a job as a lawyer in a transportation field. So, as part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, this week we're rounding up the best transit-related jobs we could find.

Whether you want to be the attorney in charge of the F line or in-house counsel for the cross town express, these jobs could be for you.

1. General Attorney, Special Projects, Long Island Rail Road

Take the LIRR to Jamaica, Queens and an exciting job as a special projects attorney. For those you who aren't New Yawkers, the LIRR is the busiest commuter railroad in the United States, stretching from rural Montauk to Penn Station. Every day, it hauls over 300,000 riders down Long Island and back.

In this role, you'd be responsible for providing legal advice to LIRR departments and management regarding special projects and complex transactions. This includes assisting in negotiations, advising on compliance, and drafting agreements between the railroad and other parties. The job also comes with transportation pass privileges, so you can ride the rails to work in the morning.

2. Chief Attorney, Labor, Chicago Transit Authority

Chicago may be America's "Second City," but its metro system comes second to none. (Actually, it's third, at least when it comes to ridership. But still.) Chicago's "L" transit system stretches over 100 miles and moves three quarters of a million riders on a typical weekday. When you throw in buses, the CTA provides another million trips every day.

As chief attorney for the CTA's labor and employment needs, you'd be handling "first chair" responsibilities involving employment litigation, labor arbitration, and administrative issues. You'd also be responsible for providing advice and guidance on labor and employment issues generally.

3. Special Counsel, Florida Department of Transportation

Working in transportation isn't all railways and big cities. As special counsel for Florida's DOT, you'd be able to practice transit law from the relatively bucolic town of Tallahassee. Just watch out for the gators.

As special counsel, you'd take the lead in negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts and complex commercial transactions for the DOT, everything from transportation project deals to rail agreements. In addition, you'd be coordinating a group of lawyers and complex transaction teams, conducting legislative analysis, researching state and federal law, and advising personnel -- all to make sure that every Florida man and Florida woman has a safe, functional transit system ... on which to smoke bath salts.

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