Deputy City Attorney - GENERAL LITIGATION

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$115,682.00 - $221,386.00

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job description

Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney

Hydee Feldstein Soto





ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $115,682 - $221,386


SUMMARY:                     The City Attorney’s Office offers a range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex issues.  The effectiveness of the City Attorney’s Office depends upon the continued recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent.  We recognize the need for attorneys of varied backgrounds and skills, and offer an inclusive environment that relies on diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the people of Los Angeles.  We also offer competitive benefits and working arrangements including a telework program.

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




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.


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 their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample in ONE (1) PDF FILE via email only to; indicating in the subject line,DCA – GENERAL LITIGATION DIVISION.


                                          Resumes will be accepted until positions are filled.


OF INTEREST:                This position is designated Category 4 on Schedule B of the Conflict-of-Interest Code.

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; indicating in the subject line, “DCA – GENERAL LITIGATION DIVISION.

                                           Resumes will be accepted until positions are filled.