Staff Attorney (South Sarasota County)

Job Location

South County Judicial Center, Venice; travel to other court locations may be required

Position Type

Full-time, salaried

Position Available



$57,242.00, plus benefits (Sarasota County Government position)


The essential function of the Trial Court Staff Attorney position is research and writing of legal memoranda, draft opinions, orders and reports; conduct legal research; review briefs and case files in numerous areas of law, including complex civil litigation, constitutional questions and complex family law cases. Most work involves criminal matters, including post-conviction motions and related civil matters such as petitions for extraordinary relief filed by or on behalf of sentenced inmates, pretrial detainees and other litigants.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Supervising Senior Staff Attorneys, Trial Court Administrator and Judges, and is reviewed in progress, as necessary, and upon completion.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Draft/review post-conviction motions/orders, including research 
  • Draft/review civil memoranda/orders, including research
  • Conduct legal research on behalf of judges and Trial Court Administrator 
  • Attend hearings
  • Perform administrative tasks/intern reviews

Knowledge, skills and abilities

This position requires knowledge of the legal system; criminal and civil court processes and procedures, and the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.


Legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, legal publications, Florida State Courts System.


Manual legal research; computerized legal research, including Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis; legal writing and drafting.


Reason logically and analytically; grasp, comprehend and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details; perform exacting work, attentive to issues in matters before the court; comprehend that which is read; digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing; exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality and honesty; work effectively with others.


Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and membership in good standing in the Florida Bar. At least five years of experience in the practice of law.


Apply directly through the Sarasota County Career Oppportunities page. Cover letters are encouraged.

You must complete the online application to be considered for this position.
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Reasons to work with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit


As a state or county-funded court employee, you will become eligible for healthcare, retirement savings through a self-directed investment plan or a dedicated pension plan, paid time off plus 12 paid holidays each year.

Career Advancement

Court employees become eligible for tuition programs and career advancement programs to grow or enhance leadership skills.

Our Culture

Court employees can expect a safe and diverse work environment with managers that want to help you succeed.


We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call (941) 861‑7811 or the Florida Relay Service, 711 or 1 (800) 955‑8771

Contact Information

Human Resources Manager

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