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Wayne County Airport Authority



Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Attorney performs duties as assigned.  The Legal Department delivers legal services to the Airport Authority Board and Airport Authority Departments and Divisions, including preparing all contracts, operating agreements, and leases between the Airport Authority and third parties; providing legal counsel to the Airport Authority board and all Departments and Divisions when requested; handling litigation and other legal proceedings against or by the Airport Authority; coordinating the legal services provided by outside counsel; and handling all legal matters related to the governance of the Airport Authority.


Include the following, with a specific emphasis on the Facilities, Design and Construction Department.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Draft, review and negotiate Airport Authority contracts for the Facilities, Design and Construction Department, including Professional Services Agreements, Construction Services Agreements and Terms and Conditions, Development Agreements, and Environmental Services Agreements. 
  • Draft, review and negotiate Airport Authority contracts for other specifically assigned Departments or Divisions, which may include leases, concession agreements, and other business contracts.
  • Review and approve various construction-related documents, including performance and payment bonds and environmental documents; and review master planning and zoning documents.
  • Respond to general requests for legal advice on an as-needed basis.
  • Represent Airport Authority clients as needed in meetings related to on-going matters.
  • Help manage outside counsel representing the Airport Authority in litigated matters or investigatory activities.
  • Advise and counsel the Departments/Divisions for which he/she has been assigned direct responsibility of all legal matters (Assigned Divisions) as needed in response to agency (FAA, etc.) inquiries and investigations.
  • Advise and counsel members of Assigned Divisions with regard to other agency-related matters (FAA, etc.)
  • Advise and counsel members of Assigned Divisions with interpretation and compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and ordinances.
  • Advise and counsel, as necessary, Assigned Divisions with regard to legal issues that arise within the Airport Authority’s procurement and contracting process, including but not limited to bid evaluation and recommendation, protests and ordinance issues.
  • Advise and counsel Assigned Divisions, as necessary, in matters related to the Airport Authority Board approval process for Airport Authority procurements.
  • Assist and support the General Counsel, as needed, with all matters related to the Legal Department.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Juris Doctorate (J.D.) AND at least five (5) years of full-time paid experience practicing as an attorney, with experience preparing complex legal contracts, and demonstrated expertise in construction-related law and one or more of the following areas: airport federal regulatory compliance, real estate law, environmental law, administrative law, federal and state laws governing public procurements (including knowledge of competitive solicitation practices for governmental or other public sector entities), and/or intellectual property law.  Experience representing airports or general familiarity with federal aviation laws is preferred but not required.  Experience representing municipal or governmental entities is preferred but not required.  Must be, or eligible to become, a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.   


A valid driver's license and a safe, acceptable driving record. 

Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan. 


Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed more than 34 million passengers in 2016 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs.  With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers more than 1,100 flights per day to and from more than 140 non-stop destinations on four continents. With two award-winning passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin Hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America.