Government Attorney Jobs: An Introduction to Various Career Opportunities

Have you thought about what it would be like to work as a government attorney? In this recorded program, current local, state, and federal government attorney panelists will explain what they do on a day-to-day basis, how they got their jobs, and what types of skills are needed to perform them. Session wraps with audience Q&A session. Recording date: April 15, 2014.

Moderator: Daiquiri Steele, U.S. Department of Education, Atlanta, GA

Erica Grinde, Missoula County Attorney’s Office, Missoula, MT
Erica R. Grinde is a Civil Deputy County Attorney in the Missoula County Attorney’s Office in Missoula, Montana. She primarily handles civil commitment and guardianship matters. Prior to joining the Missoula County Attorney’s Office, she was a civil defense trial attorney with a mid-size law firm where she practiced employment law, medical malpractice law and railroad law. Ms. Grinde graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2008. She is currently a member of the senior leadership team for the ABA Young Lawyers Division serving as the Division’s Conference, Programs, and Products Director for the 2013-2014 bar year. Outside of her practice and work with the ABA YLD, Ms. Grinde enjoys taking advantage of Montana’s outdoor recreational opportunities including skiing, hiking, running and whitewater rafting.

Evan Wilson, Minneapolis Saint Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, MN
Evan L. Wilson is in-house counsel for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, a government entity charged with promoting and coordinating air navigation, transportation and commerce in the State of Minnesota. In this capacity, he provides advice and representation in the areas of public policy, legislation, governance, constitutional law, administrative law, municipal law, real estate, and in administrative and litigation proceedings. Evan received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004.

Paul Kugelman, Virginia Office of the Attorney General - Environmental Section, Richmond, VA
Paul Kugelman works in the environmental section of the Virginia Attorney General's Office. He advises the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Commonwealth's 47 Soil & Water Conservation Districts. He also serves as the litigator for the section, handling Virginia Administrative Process Act appeals and other civil matters where the environmental agencies of the Commonwealth are involved.

Paul also serves as an executive committee member of the Richmond Bar Association’s Environmental & Energy Law Section. He is a trial advocacy instructor with the National Association of Attorneys General Trial Research Institute.

Brad Preamble, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC
Bradley J. Preamble graduated from Indiana University–Bloomington in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After working in the private sector for two years, he attended law school and received his law degree with honors in 2004 from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. Mr. Preamble accepted a position in the Honors Attorney Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he rotated through legal offices in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Office of Inspector General. He also rotated through the general law section in the Department’s Office of General Counsel. In 2006, Mr. Preamble accepted a permanent position at the Federal Aviation Administration as a trial attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Litigation Division.

As a trial attorney in the Litigation Division, Mr. Preamble provides legal services to the FAA and its employees in aircraft accident investigations and associated litigation, participates in federal cases where the negligence of FAA employees is alleged, serves as lead counsel before the federal courts of appeals in administrative law matters, handles requests for employee testimony in private litigation, and assists the Department of Justice in a variety of general litigation matters.

In addition to his legal work, Mr. Preamble served as the Director of the FAA’s Law Honors Intern Program from 2008–2011 and as a member of the DOT’s core hiring committee for the Honors Attorney Program in 2008 and 2012.

Presented by
YLD Administrative Law Committee
YLD Air & Space Committee
ABA Section of State and Local Government Law
ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice