City Attorney

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$115,696.00 - $221,390.00

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Salary Range: $115,696 - $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 find great meaning in the work we do and the services we provide.

Duties and Responsibilities
Attorneys in the Police Litigation Unit defend the City of Los Angeles and individual LAPD Officers in civil lawsuits alleging excessive use of force or other police misconduct. Largely, the cases assigned to the trial attorneys involve allegations of constitutional violations of the 1st, 4th and 14th Amendments, claims of excessive force, false arrest, illegal search and seizure, or other violations of civil rights. In addition to trying cases, trial attorneys are responsible for all pretrial phases of litigation, including law and motion, depositions and discovery, mediation, and frequent interaction with LAPD personnel. Litigation is primarily in the United States District Court and Superior Courts.

Applicants for this position must have a license to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California. Additional requirements include:
•At least three years of civil litigation practice in California Superior Courtsand/or United States District Court.
•Significant trial experience (civil or criminal);
•Demonstrated strong research and writing skills in complex areas of law;
•Ability to deal effectively with public officials, departmental personnel, andmembers of the public;
•Strong analytical and reasoning skills and a strong work ethic; and
•Strong oral communication and advocacy skills.

Writing Sample
Candidates are required to submit two writing samples that they have personally authored within 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 Ordinance187134, information regarding COVID -19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: htps://

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 (BAR NUMBER) #3037C to Qualified applicants will be invited to interview. This position announcement will remain open until position is filled.