City Attorney

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$115,696.00 - $221,390.00

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job description

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 1000 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 General Litigation Division defends the City of Los Angeles and its employees in civil tort litigation, particularly in wrongful death and personal injury damages actions. The cases typically involve allegations of a dangerous condition of public property or allegations of negligent conduct by the City or its employees. The dangerous condition maters include roadway design, crosswalk placement and condition, sidewalk and roadway conditions, and a variety of traffic control installations involving traffic engineering principles. There are often significant issues relating to governmental immunities and other defenses warranting dispositive motions. The litigation primarily involves State Court litigation in Superior Courts throughout Los Angeles County, but occasionally involves lawsuits venued in surrounding counties or Federal Court.

Duties and Responsibilities
The attorney occupying this position will be responsible for analyzing claims and lawsuits to give advice and negotiate early settlements. The attorney will also be responsible for legal research and law and motion support. The primary focus will be crafting dispositive motions, although other law and motion practice, including discovery motions, motions in limine, and post-trial motions, will be involved as well. Consulting with the trial deputies, appellate attorneys, and management concerning legal and settlement strategy will also be a job responsibility at all stages from claim to trial.
Must be licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California. Additional required
qualifications include:
• Five years civil litigation experience;
• Substantial experience in negotiation of claims and lawsuits;
• A sincere desire to vigorously defend the City through thoughftul, well written and well
researched law and motion practice;
• Strong oral communication, writing, and advocacy skills; and
• The ability to exercise sound judgment.

Desired Qualifications
The following qualifications are highly desirable:
• Experience in governmental tort litigation;
• Familiarity with governmental immunities and defenses commonly applicable to the governmental entities;
• Experience in law and motion and/or appellate advocacy;
• Knowledge of medical conditions and terminology; and
• Licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Writing Sample
Applicants are required to submit two writing samples personally written.

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
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 one (1) Year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the one (1) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.

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How to apply

Application and Deadline
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, writing samples and resume in one (1) merged PDF file specifying DCA – GENERAL LITIGATION (LAW & MOTION) #3329 to
Resumes will be accepted until this position is filled.
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.