City Attorney

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$115,696.00 - $221,390.00

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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 find great meaning in the work we do and the services we provide.

The DWP Division acts as General Counsel to the Board of Water & Power Commissioners, its officers, and employees. Division attorneys are responsible for legal representation, counsel and advice, and handling litigation related to DWP operations.
Duties and Responsibilities

The Office of the City Attorney has an immediate opening for an experienced attorney interested in representing the Department of Water and Power (DWP) on legal matters involving water, environmental, and natural resources law. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong oral and written skills and enjoy a team-based approach to representing clients.

The attorneys in this Section advise LADWP as it navigates the legal challenges associated with transforming from a utility founded in the 20th century into one that intends to provide the vast majority of its power from renewable sources by 2035 and to drastically increase the amount of recycled water supplied to its customers. The legal implications of climate change and the essential actions to adapt to it are among the most pressing legal issues facing both the water and power systems.

The responsibilities of this position are generally representing and advising DWP’s Water System on issues involving the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, groundwater rights, purchased imported water supplies, storm water and recycled water projects, and contaminated site remediation. Advising the Power System on mandatory environmental regulations affecting its operations are also integral to the work. The scope of work includes analyzing and litigating matters arising under state and federal laws, including the California Water Code, the Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Fish and Game Code, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, and other relevant statutes. Responsibilities include representing DWP before various administrative agencies and State and Federal Courts, and handling legal matters that arise in Inyo and Mono Counties. Accordingly, the position requires occasional travel to other parts of the State, including the Eastern Sierra region, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Because DWP is a municipal utility and a proprietary department of the City, matters relating to the City Charter, general municipal law, the fixing of rates and enforcement of the rules and regulations under which DWP operates will be implicated.

Five (5) years of practice in California and Federal Courts. Ability to review and draft contracts, ordinances, settlement agreements, resolutions, and Board letters; and the ability to draft clear, concise pleadings and motions and argue persuasively before courts, administrative hearing boards, and other tribunals. Licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Desired Qualifications
The following qualifications are desirable:
? Previous civil litigation experience in water, environmental, and/or natural resources law;
? Previous experience as a regulator or prosecutor for environmental matters;
? Demonstrated analytical skills;
? Ability to deal effectively with public officials, departmental personnel, and members of the public; and
? Strong oral communication skills.

Writing Sample
Candidates must provide two (2) writing samples.

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 per week.

Current Location
DWP Division is located at 221 N. Figueroa St., Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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.

Placement in this position by a current City Attorney employee will initially be as a lateral transfer with the selected candidate assuming the position in their current classification, pending six months of satisfactory performance.

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 DCA - DWP – WATER & ENVIRONMENT #3293 to
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.