Deputy City Attorney - Airport Division - Construction Law

Exempt | Location: Westchester/ Venice (LAX-Hyperion)

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Xochilt Chavira

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ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $107,991 - $206,524

POSITION: Construction law attorney to represent the Department of Airports (“Department”) in all engineering and construction-related matters.

SECTION: The 20 attorneys at the Airport Division act as legal counsel to the Department of Airports and to the Board of Airport Commissioners relating to the four airports owned and operated by the City.

Attorneys in the Division handle representation of the Department in a wide variety of areas, including lawsuits in state and federal court, and appearances before various administrative bodies such as the Civil Service Commission and the United States and California Departments of Transportation. This representation involves litigation concerning contract and lease disputes, direct condemnation, inverse condemnation, nuisance, personal injury, landlord-tenant disputes, First Amendment rights, and matters involving airport proprietor's rights covering a wide range of issues. Attorneys in the Division also prepare many types of documents including leases, permits, reports, construction contracts, and concession agreements. In addition, a significant portion of the attorneys’ time involves general counselor skills providing advice to various levels of Airport management regarding numerous issues.
The Airport Division is located at Los Angeles International Airport, One World Way, Room 104, Los Angeles.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The selected attorney will be responsible for providing legal advice to the Department and Board encompassing all phases of the construction contracting process, from bidding and negotiations through contract administration and performance to claims and litigation. Specifically, the selected attorney’s duties will include, without limitation, the following tasks:
  •  Litigation before both state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and alternative dispute resolution, involving various types of performance issues, such as delay, construction defects, cost overruns, design errors, regulatory compliance, and other related claims;
  • Assist with contract matters including but not limited to construction bidding, and drafting, reviewing and analyzing contract documents such as bid/proposal packages and bonds;
  • Enforce provisions of payment and performance bonds;
  • Assist in reviewing and processing of construction claims and change orders;
  • Assist the Department in claims avoidance and resolution procedures, insurance, risk management, and bonding requirements;
  • Defend imposition of stop notices; and
  • Assist the Department on project management issues, including contract administration and interpretation during performance, negotiations, and documentation of disputes.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants for this position must have a license to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Additional requirements include:
A minimum of 5 years of construction law experience. Candidates should have excellent writing and problem solving skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with public officials, non-attorney proprietary department employees, personnel and members of the public, and strong oral communication skills.

WRITING SAMPLE: Candidates are also required to submit a writing sample personally authored by them.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: This position is designated Category 16 on the Conflict of Interest Code.

PROBATION: Appointment to this exempt position (non-Civil-Service) will be subject to a two-year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the two-year probationary period will result in tenure with the Office.

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:

How to apply

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE: Attorneys interested in applying should submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter specifying “DCA – CONSTRUCTION LAW - LAWA” merged in ONE (1) pdf file via email to
This position will remain open until filled. Selected applicants will be invited to interview.