Lead Attorney, Civil Recovery Unit for the Inspector General

Location: Boston, MA

The Office of the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Office) is the oldest state-level inspector general’s office in the nation.   The Office has a broad mandate to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in the expenditure of public funds.  In keeping with this mandate, the Office investigates allegations of fraud, waste and abuse at all levels of government; reviews programs and practices in state and local agencies to identify systemic vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement; and provides assistance to the public and private sectors to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse in government spending. Please see our website (www.mass.gov/ig) for more information.

The Office seeks a Lead Attorney for its newly created Civil Recovery Unit.  The Unit is charged with investigating civil cases in which the Commonwealth or one of its political subdivisions has suffered monetary or financial loss and, when appropriate, initiating actions to recover funds on behalf of the impacted entity and the Commonwealth itself.  The Unit will be housed within the Office’s Legal Division and the Lead Attorney will report to the Office’s General Counsel and will work in close coordination with the Attorney General’s Office.  Some in-state travel may be required.

The successful candidate will:

  • Initiate and pursue civil recovery actions to recover funds on behalf of the Commonwealth, in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office.
  • Identify potential causes of action for civil recovery.
  • Investigate potential civil recovery actions on behalf of the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions, including actions sounding in false claims, restitution and breach of contract.
  • Working with a small staff, manage all aspects of each civil recovery action, including drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, preparing and arguing motions, and preparing cases for trial.
  • Resolve civil recovery actions through trial or negotiated settlement, with input and oversight from the Attorney General’s Office and impacted stakeholders.
  • Develop relationships leading to civil recovery referrals through outreach efforts to cities and towns, state agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct legal research and draft investigative memoranda, case summaries and pleadings as appropriate.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Member in good standing of the Massachusetts bar.
  • Strong academic credentials.
  • At least five years of civil litigation experience, with a focus in one or more of the following areas: false claims, contract disputes, business litigation, internal investigations or white collar investigations.
  • Experience with all phases of civil litigation, including drafting complaints, written discovery, depositions, motion practice and trial.
  • Experience conducting investigations.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with agency personnel, opposing counsel, and state and local officials.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with common e-discovery platforms.
  • Knowledge of state and municipal government.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities in different subject matter areas and meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to conduct trainings and public presentations for large groups.

Salary Range:

$85,000.00 to $95,000.00

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Mary Beth Farrelly, Chief Financial Officer

Office of the Inspector General
One Ashburton Place, Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108


(617) 722-8832

Diversity Officer:
Mary Beth Farrelly

The Office of the Inspector General is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Office actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce.

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