DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY
GENERAL LITIGATION DIVISION-LAW & MOTION
CIVIL LITIGATION BRANCH
DCA II: $115,696 - $169,148
DCA III: $151,442 - $221,390
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
• 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.
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.
Applicants are required to submit two writing samples personally written.
- 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
- Personal Leave
- Floating Holidays
- Sick Leave
- Bereavement Leave
This position may qualify for up to 3 days of telework per week.
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: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf
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.
Questions? Please email email@example.com.
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 Atty.Recruit@lacity.org.
Resumes will be accepted until this position is filled.
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.
If employment is said to be exempt, it is meant that the employment is exempted from the civil service provisions of the City Charter. In order to receive a regular civil service appointment, employees must have successfully participated in a civil service examination, received a high enough score on the examination to be placed on and receive an appointment from an eligible list, and they must serve a probationary period. Exempt employees do not compete in a civil service examination, they are not placed on an eligible list and receive an appointment from that list, nor do they serve a probationary period. As a result, exempt employees do not have what is referred to as a “property interest” in their job. Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority and can be terminated at any time without cause. Employees with a property interest in their job, i.e. civil service employees, cannot be deprived of their employment(discharged or suspended) without due process.
General Information About Exempt Employment
Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority, and as such, they may be discharged, suspended or otherwise disciplined without cause. Exempt employees have no property interest in their employment, and any procedural benefit or other prerogative extended to them by their appointing authority is not intended to create and does not create any such property interest. No officer or employee of the City may make to any other officer or employee any representation of a property interest in employment which does not correspond to Charter provisions unless the City Council, by ordinance, permits such representation. No unauthorized representation can serve as the basis of an employee's reliance on, or expectation of, a property interest.
Employees Seeking To Become Civil Service Employees
There is no protective leave for an exempt employee appointed to a civil service position. Upon receiving a civil service appointment and passing probation, the former exempt employee will be subject to the Civil Service provisions described in Article X of the City Charter. Upon appointment, the civil service employee will begin to accrue displacement and layoff seniority on the first day of his/her civil service appointment and may file for promotional examinations for which s/he qualifies. A full or half-time exempt employee appointed to a full or half-time civil service position continues to: contribute to the Retirement System; accrue vacation time; accrue sick time; receive anniversary date salary increases; and, receive health and dental benefits identical to those received in the civil service position.
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: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf
Closing Date/Time: 3/20/24