Deputy City Attorney - Employment Relations - Water and Power Division


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Xochilt Chavira

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

POSITION: The Water & Power Division has an immediate opening for an attorney in its Employment Relations Section.

DIVISION INFORMATION: The Water & Power Division acts as counsel to the Department of Water & Power (DWP), its officers, employees, and the Board of Water & Power Commissioners.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The attorney’s primary duties will include advising and representing DWP on labor and employment law matters, including: 1) representing DWP in all phases of labor and employment litigation, including trials in state and federal court; 2) providing advice on state and federal labor and employment law matters, including statutes and regulations governing employee relations, discrimination, civil rights and related matters; 3) representing DWP in administrative matters and hearings; and 4) other related duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be licensed to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California. Additional qualifications include:
1. Significant experience in handling labor and employment law matters, including all aspects of civil litigation, including but not limited to conducting discovery, handling discovery disputes, preparing and arguing dispositive motions, and preparing pre-trial motions and documents;
2. At least five years of experience practicing labor and employment law;
3. Strong analytical and reasoning abilities;
4. Outstanding research and writing skills;
5. Demonstrated high level verbal, communication, and advocacy skills;
6. Ability to work as a team with other members of the practice group;
7. Ability to work effectively and professionally with public officials, department personnel, and members of the public; and
8. Ability to work independently.

WRITING SAMPLE: Candidates are required to submit two writing samples that they have personally authored in the last two years.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: This position is designated Category 17 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-WATER AND POWER EMPLOYMENT DIVISION” in ONE (1) merged pdf file via email to

This position will remain open until filled.
Selected applicants will be invited to interview.