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Job Title: Staff Investigator for the Board of Trustees of the Client Security Fund and Staff Investigator for the State Bar Office of Counsel. 

Department: Office of Counsel 

Immediate Supervisor: Director of Investigations 

Purpose of the job: To provide investigative support to the Board of Trustees of the Client Security Fund and to the State Bar Office of Counsel. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Investigate and submit written and oral reports on claims made by members of the public for compensation from the Client Security Fund alleging that claimants suffered financial loss as the result of dishonest conduct of lawyers engaged in the private practice of law  

  • Plan and conduct investigations concerning allegations of (1) professional misconduct and professional disability of lawyers licensed to practice law in North Carolina and (2the unauthorized practice of law  

  • Identify and locate necessary witnesses and documentary evidence 

  • Interview claimants, respondents, and other witnesses 

  • Analyze written submissions of CSF claimants, grievance complainants and grievance respondents, and evidence gathered from other sources 

  • Conduct forensic audits and analyze financial data, including forming and articulating conclusions and expert opinions regarding the propriety of transaction details 

  • Prepare detailed, annotated reports memorializing witness interviews and reflecting and explaining investigative findings, conclusions, and opinions 

  • Prepare for and testify as a fact witness and as an expert witness in proceedings before the state and federal courts and before the Disciplinary Hearing Commission 

  • Attend quarterly meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Client Security Fund and provide information about investigation of claims as requested by members of the Board 

  • Identify and locate claimants to funds remaining in and/or misappropriated from trust accounts of deceased, disbarred, disabled, and missing lawyers 

  • Plan, oversee, and review the work of investigative clerks 

  • Serve process 

  • Coordinate and participate with law enforcement agencies in formulating and executing facility security strategies 

  • Travel throughout North Carolina as needed to perform these functions 

Accountability and Authority: 

The investigator reports to and is directly supervised by the Director of Investigations. After the investigator and deputy counsel collaborate to formulate investigation goals and strategy, the investigator works independently with limited supervision. The investigator is expected to complete investigations timely and to minimize any investigative backlog. 

Desired Education, Experience and Skills: 

  • Undergraduate degree in business, economics, or accounting 

  • Previous investigative experience, preferably with a local, federal, or state law enforcement agency 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 

  • Ability to elicit appropriate information through interviews 

  • Ability to analyze financial and other records 

  • Experience working independently to formulate and execute investigation strategies 

  • Experience testifying as a fact witness and as an expert witness in legal proceedings 

  • Experience gathering, preserving, and authenticating evidence, including establishing and preserving chains of custody 

  • A valid driver’s license, the ability to drive, and access to an automobile is required for the position 

Working Conditions: 

  • Position is exempt in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act 
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, one-hour lunch break 

  • Overtime: As required, unpaid 

  • Travel: Requiredexpenses reimbursed 

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Jobs@ncbar.gov.

For Questions About This Position: Please email Joe Commisso, Director of Investigations, at JCommisso@ncbar.gov.

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The State Bar is an equal opportunity employer. 

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