City Attorney

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$101,080.00 - $228,072.00

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job description

Salary Range
DCA I: $101,080- $147,788
DCA II: $120,435 - $176,122
DCA III: $155,994 - $228,072

For current City Attorney employees this will be a lateral transfer.

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 Public Procurement and Contracting Division serves as contracting and procurement counsel to various City offices and departments, including the Mayor, City Council, City Attorney, Controller, City Administrative Officer and its Office of Procurement, City Clerk, Chief Legislative Analyst, Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department, Department of Building and Safety, Department of City Planning, Personnel Department, Convention Center, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Emergency Management Department, and General Services Department. Division attorneys also provide advice on HIPAA and manage contracting for major special events, such as the Olympics, World Cup, Super Bowl; NBA All-Star Game, and the Academy Awards.

The attorneys in this Division provide procurement advice and review, edit, draft and negotiate contracts and other transactional documents, frequently involving highly complex transactions. Further, the Division is responsible for drafting certain ordinances relating to procurement and contracting, preparation of advisory opinions or legal memoranda on issues of significance to the City leadership, and advising on major efforts to streamline the City’s contracting and procurement process.

Duties and Responsibilities
The attorney selected for this position will be responsible for providing legal counsel for several City Departments on transactional maters pertaining to public contracting and specifically professional services agreements. The attorney will be expected to provide expertise on all aspects of the City’s public procurement and competitive bidding procedures, as well as all applicable Codes and laws governing City contracts. The attorney will also be responsible for providing support to team members on all elements of contracting, which include: negotiating, drafting, and executing contractual agreements, applying the Standard Provisions for City Contracts to such agreements, enhancing the overall efficiency of the procurement and contracting process, and addressing stakeholder contracting concerns as they arise.

• Licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California;
• At least three years of transactional law experience;
• Knowledge of public contracting and competitive bidding processes (or similar experience in private sector contracting that would enable the attorney to quickly adapt to the public sector);
• Strong research and writing skills in complex areas of law;
• Demonstrated abilities to exercise sound judgment;
• Ability to work effectively with governmental agencies, public officials, departmental personnel, and members of the public; and
• Ability to manage large projects, including major procurement initiatives.

Desired Qualifications
• Knowledge of the City Charter and City Administrative Code provisions pertaining to contracting;
• Familiarity with professional service contracts for public entities;
• Experience in drafting legal advice and ordinances.

Writing Sample
Candidates are required to submit one writing sample composed by the applicant 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 per week.

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

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.

Internal applicants: Placement in this position will be as a lateral transfer with the selected candidate assuming the position in their current classification. The candidate’s transfer will require approval from the CAO through the Prioritized Critical Hiring process.

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

Questions? Please email

How to apply

Application and Deadline
Attorneys interested in applying should submit their cover letter, resume, and writing samples in ONE (1) MERGED PDF FILE specifying #3399 – DCA – PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACTING DIVISION, via email to
Position will remain open until filled. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.