Why UT Southwestern?

With over 75 years of excellence in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, UT Southwestern is committed to excellence, innovation, teamwork, and compassion. UT Southwestern is known for our mission to promote a healthy society that enables individuals to achiever their full potential through education, discovery, and healing. With a career at UT Southwestern, you will be a key part of our Legal Affairs team and have the opportunity to join one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. We invite you to be a part of the UT Southwestern team where you’ll discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism, and a life-changing career!

Job Summary

UT Southwestern is hiring an attorney to provide legal counsel and resolve issues arising within our academic medical center. As an attorney for UT Southwestern, you will work within our General Legal Services team in Legal Affairs to oversee and manage all legal services for the University (excluding medical risk management and healthcare regulatory matters) to ensure maximum protection of our legal rights. We are looking for an attorney who can provide legal advice and resolve all general legal issues arising within UT Southwestern. Join the UT Southwestern Legal Affairs team today!

Job Duties

  • Review, analyze and advise the University administration, individual schools, and basic sciences and clinical departments concerning legal matters in the medical and educational setting.
  • Manage all claims and lawsuits filed against the institution and its employees, including pre-litigation investigation, document preservation and discovery practice, preparing for and attending depositions, motions practice, hearing preparation, mediation, trial preparation, and appeals. Assist the Office of General Counsel at UT System and the Office of the Attorney General in managing all aspects of active lawsuits, assist with the University’s response to complaints, charges or investigations from external agencies.
  • Advise on employment issues, including internal complaints and investigations, disciplinary actions, grievances and appeals, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies (FMLA, FLSA, ADA, Texas Labor Code, etc.)
  • Advise on new and existing policy initiatives; draft, review and revise institutional and departmental policies and procedures; develop and provide training on legal issues.
  • Review and analyze legal issues arising within the medical, graduate and health professional schools. Advise administration regarding student disciplinary actions and internal grievances, hearings and appeals.
  • Review and analyze legal terms arising with University business areas including Business Affairs, Information Resources, Audit, Technology Development, Real Estate, Conflict of Interest, Contracts Management, and Safety & Business Continuity.
  • Process pre-litigation tort claims involving the University in accordance with the Texas Tort Claims Act. Coordinate the submission and collection of claims to insurers.
  • Serve on or advise institutional committees in areas such as conflict of interest, research, policy, compliance, safety, etc

Experience and Education


  • Juris Doctor degree and license to practice law in Texas
  • Minimum of four (4) consecutive years of experience actively engaged in the practice of law

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous employment litigation practice and case management experience
  • Previous commercial litigation practice and case management experience
  • Previous experience at a state agency, in higher education, in healthcare, or at an academic medical center

To learn more about the benefits UT Southwestern offer visit https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/employees/hr-resources/

For COVID-19 vaccine information, applicants should visit https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/covid-19/work-on-campus/

This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In addition, it is UT Southwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.