Deputy City Attorney - General Litigation (Law and Motion)

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

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Xochilt Chavira

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


POSITION:                       Deputy City Attorney in the General Litigation Division of the Civil Litigation Branch with a focus on advising the Claims and General Litigation Divisions regarding prompt settlement of cases at the claim stage and early stages of litigation.   This position would also involve sophisticated law and motion assignments in General Litigation and Claims Unit cases. 


DIVISION:                        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 matters 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.



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.



QUALIFICATIONS:         Must be licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Additional qualifications include:       

·         Five years civil litigation experience;

·         Substantial experience in negotiation of claims and lawsuits,

·         A sincere desire to vigorously defend the City through thoughtful, well written and well researched law and motion practice;

·         Strong oral communication, writing, and advocacy skills;

·         The ability to exercise sound judgment; and


The following qualifications are highly desirable:

·         Experience in plaintiff or defense governmental tort litigation;

·         Familiarity with governmental immunities and defenses commonly applicable to the governmental entities; and

·         Experience in law and motion and/or appellate advocacy.

·         Knowledge of medical conditions and terminology.

WRITING SAMPLE:        Applicants are required to submit two writing samples personally written.




OF INTEREST:                This position is designated Category 4 on Schedule B of the Los Angeles City Attorney 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.




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:




AND DEADLINE:            Attorneys interested in applying should submit ONE (1) PDF FILE, including their resume, cover letter, and writing samples, indicating in the subject line,DCA – GENERAL LITIGATION DIVISION (Claims/Law & Motion) via email only to  by midnight, Monday, May 30, 2022.  


Selected applicants will be invited to interview.

How to apply


AND DEADLINE:            Attorneys interested in applying should submit ONE (1) PDF FILE, including their resume, cover letter, and writing samples, indicating in the subject line, “DCA – GENERAL LITIGATION DIVISION (Claims/Law & Motion) via email only to  by midnight, Monday, May 30, 2022