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Assistant Associate Counsel, Collections Attorney

Job ID: 4126
Business Unit: MTA Headquarters
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: General Law #2
Date Posted: Nov 6, 2023


JOB TITLE:                         Assistant Associate Counsel, Collections Attorney 
SALARY RANGE:               $101,253 - $112,000 
HAY POINTS:                      775 
DEPT/DIV:                         Transit Adjudication Bureau
SUPERVISOR:                    Executive Director 
LOCATION:                        177 Livingston Street
HOURS OF WORK:            8:30 am - 5:00 pm (7 1/2 hours/day)  

This position is eligible for telework which is currently one day per week. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire. 


The Transit Adjudication Unit (TAB) has approximately 200 million dollars in unpaid debt. The Collections Attorney is responsible for formulating and overseeing the implementation of strategic methods to collect this debt in accordance with rules and regulations for the enforcement of judgments and the collection of debt. 

The Collections Attorney will also assist management staff with the oversight of the TAB Hearing Officers who adjudicate TAB summonses.


The Collections Attorney will be responsible for obtaining civil judgments in New York State Supreme Court and enforcing those judgments in collaboration with the New York City Sheriff’s Office, the New York City Marshals and law firms who are contracted to pursue the collection of outstanding debt. The Collection Attorney’s duties include but are not limited to, issuing and litigating information subpoenas, signing attorney letters on behalf of TAB, researching case law, preparing motions, appeals and answers to Article 78 Petitions, appearing in court for hearings, court conferences, and oral arguments, negotiating settlements of pending cases, managing bankruptcy claims and pursuing liens against debtors. In addition, the Collection Attorney will be responsible for monitoring contractual agreements with law firms who provide collection services. 

The Collections Attorney will evaluate, implement, and improve collections litigation practices and procedures that are compliant with federal, state, and local laws to collect debt owed to TAB.

The Collections Attorney will assist Senior Management with the oversight of the TAB Hearing Officers who adjudicate TAB summonses. 

The Collections Attorney will handle a variety of special projects as assigned by Senior Management. 



  • Familiarity with substantive statutory, regulatory and case law as well as procedural requirements related to debt collection.
  • Knowledge of administrative law.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Solid knowledge of Lexis-Nexis, Microsoft Office, Windows, and other relevant computer software programs.


Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school and New York State Bar Admission and license to practice law, maintained in good standing throughout employment. This is an entry level position. 

A minimum of 0 to 2 years of experience in the field of debt collection litigation is desirable but not required for a highly motivated candidate who will receive specialized training required for the position. 



Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”). 


Equal Employment Opportunity  

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities. 

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.

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