The Texas Public Policy Foundation is seeking a strategic and innovative litigator with experience in the federal judiciary as a Senior Attorney for the Center for the American Future. The qualified applicant will possess a strong love of liberty as the foundational purpose of government, an enthusiasm for Texas as the keystone of the American Dream, and an eagerness to challenge precedent and convention within the legal sphere in the defense of both.

The Center for the American Future is the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s litigation-based endeavor for the advancement of Tenth Amendment principles through opposition to federal abuse and overreach in the subject matter areas of environmental, private property, and business autonomy rights.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

This candidate will be called upon to execute the Foundation’s legal work plan. This includes building a robust docket and advancing the Foundation’s strategic priorities. The Attorney will be an active participant in complex litigation, including the discovery process, briefs, trials, appellate work, and amicus briefing.


The Senior Attorney for the Center for the American Future must be an extraordinary person with a keen drive to blaze new pathways in the fight to reclaim territory from Washington, D.C. He or she must have the following qualities:

  • A self-starter. The Senior Attorney must be willing and able to conceive and develop innovative ideas independently and often — and bring them to fruition.
  • A writer. This Senior Attorney must possess the aptitude for graceful prose that conveys complicated concepts convincingly.
  • A strategic thinker. Specifically, the Senior Attorney must be a strategic legal thinker, with a Juris Doctorate, able to grasp Constitutional law sufficient for handling complex litigation matters and authoring amicus briefs that advance the strategic vision of the Foundation.
  • An advocate. The Senior Attorney must bring to a table litigation experience in trial and appellate courts, administrative law, policymaking, legislation, and/or media — and a proven record of accomplishment.
  • A team leader and mentor. The Senior Attorney must be willing to lead a team of junior attorneys in complex litigation matters, and oversee and develop their skills through the litigation process.
  • Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the United States for at least ten years. Applicants must also be admitted before a federal district or appellate court.

The position’s salary will be commensurate with the experience, expertise, and skills of the Attorney who takes the position.

Please send cover letter, references, resume, salary range and a writing sample to Gina Van Dyke at

While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute offering competitive salaries and benefits to qualified candidates.