Deputy City Attorney - General Litigation Division

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

contact information

Xochilt Chavira
2139787142
xochilt.chavira@lacity.org

job description

MICHAEL N. FEUER
CITY ATTORNEY
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY
GENERAL LITIGATION DIVISION
CIVIL LITIGATION BRANCH
SALARY RANGE: $107,991 - $206,524

POSITION: There is an opening for a Deputy City Attorney in the General Litigation Division of the Civil Litigation Branch.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Attorneys with the General Litigation Division defend the City of Los Angeles and its employees in civil tort litigation, particularly in personal injury and property damage actions. The cases involve allegations of dangerous condition of public property or negligence. The dangerous condition matters include roadway design, sewer backup, traffic engineering principles, trip and falls, and governmental immunities. Substantial knowledge of medical conditions is required since many matters involve catastrophic injuries. The negligence matters primarily involve allegations of negligent driving by City employees that have resulted in traffic collisions. The primary venue for General Litigation is in Superior Courts throughout Los Angeles County as well as surrounding counties, although some Federal Court litigation is involved. The attorneys in this position are responsible for their own case intake, filing initial pleadings, motion work, discovery, settlement conferences, expert discovery and trial. The attorney must be willing and able to conduct trials alone or with co-counsel.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants for this position must have a license to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California. Additional requirements include:
  • Five (5) years criminal or civil trial experience, or general litigation experience;
  • A sincere desire to vigorously litigate cases through pretrial and trial stages; and
  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills and ability to exercise sound judgment.
The following qualifications are highly desirable:
  • Experience in representing governmental entities in Tort Litigation.
  • Ability to interact with public officials, city departments as well as the public.
  • Knowledge of medical conditions and terminology.
WRITING SAMPLE: Applicants are required to submit a writing sample.

PROBATION: Appointment to these exempt positions (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.

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE: Attorneys interested in applying should submit their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample in ONE (1) PDF FILE via email only to atty.recruit@lacity.org; indicating in the subject line, “DCA – GENERAL LITIGATION DIVISION.”

Resumes will be accepted until positions are filled.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: This position is designated Category 4 on Schedule B of the Conflict-of-Interest Code.
AS A COVERED ENTITY UNDER TITLE II OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT,
THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY AND, UPON REQUEST, WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO ITS PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES.
TO REQUEST A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, PLEASE CALL (213) 978-7160.

How to apply

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE: Attorneys interested in applying should submit their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample in ONE (1) PDF FILE via email only to atty.recruit@lacity.org; indicating in the subject line, “DCA – GENERAL LITIGATION DIVISION.”