Deputy City Attorney - GENERAL LITIGATION

City Attorney

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$115,696.00 - $221,390.00

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Salary Range 
DCA II $115,696 - $169,148 
DCA III $151,442 - $221,390 

About Us 
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office is one of the nation's largest municipal law offices. With over 1,000 legal professionals, including 500 attorneys, the Office provides the City with the highest caliber of legal services, ranging from prosecuting criminal misdemeanors and playing a leading role in criminal justice reform, advising on homelessness initiatives, defending civil lawsuits and claims, and bringing civil enforcement actions in the name of the People of the State of California. 
Guided by an overarching commitment to integrity, accountability and transparency, we ?nd great meaning in the work we do and the services we provide. 

Duties and Responsibilities 
Attorneys with the General Litigation Division defend the City of Los Angeles and its employees in civil tort litigation, particularly in personal injury and property damage actions.  The cases involve allegations of dangerous condition of public property or negligence. The dangerous condition matters include roadway design, sewer backup, traffic engineering principles, trip and falls, and governmental immunities.  Substantial knowledge of medical conditions is required since many matters involve catastrophic injuries.  The negligence matters primarily involve allegations of negligent driving by City employees that have resulted in traffic collisions. The primary venue for General Litigation is in Superior Courts throughout Los Angeles County as well as surrounding counties, although some Federal Court litigation is involved.  The attorneys in this position are responsible for their own case intake, filing initial pleadings, motion work, discovery, settlement conferences, expert discovery and trial.  The attorney must be willing and able to conduct trials alone or with co-counsel. 

Applicants for this position must have a license to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California. Additional requirements include: 

Five (5) years criminal or civil trial experience, or general litigation experience;

  • A sincere desire to vigorously litigate cases through pretrial and trial stages; and
  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills and ability to exercise sound judgment. The following qualifications are highly desirable:
  • Experience in representing governmental entities in Tort Litigation.
  • Ability to interact with public officials, city departments as well as the public.
  • Knowledge of medical conditions and terminology.

Writing Sample
Candidates are required to submit two writing samples that they personally have authored in the last two years.

Benefits Offered

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Tax-Advantage Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Plan (LACERS)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457(b))
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off 
    • 13 Yearly Holidays
    • Vacation
    • Personal Leave
    • Floating Holidays
    • Sick Leave
    • Bereavement Leave

This position may qualify for up to 3 days of telework.

Current Location
City Hall East, 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles. Position is subject to assignment at any location within the County of Los Angeles.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID -19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at:

Appointment to this exempt position (non-Civil-Service) will be subject to a two (2) year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the two (2) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.

Conflict of Interest
This position is designated as Category 1 on the Conflict of Interest Code.

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How to apply

Application and Deadline
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume in one (1) merged PDF file specifying DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY – GENERAL LITIGATION #3048 in the subject line to
Resumes will be accepted until this position is filled. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.