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 immediate opening for a trial attorney in the Employment Litigation Division of the Civil Litigation Branch.

DUTIES AND                        

RESPONSIBILITIES:      The Employment Litigation Division defends City departments and individual City employees in employment litigation brought by current and former employees. The Division’s practice has a strong focus on public safety employees (Police and Fire); however, the work includes a variety of cases from many City departments.


                                          Most of the litigation involves California state law employment theories, especially those arising under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) and Labor Code § 1102.5 (the whistleblower statute). However, a working knowledge of labor law and theories in federal employment litigation is helpful in analyzing the cases.




·         Significant trial experience (civil or criminal) to verdict;

·         At least three years of litigation practice in California Superior Court or United States District Court;

·         Demonstrated strong research and writing skills in complex areas of law;

·         Ability to deal effectively with public officials, departmental personnel and members of the public;

·         Strong analytical and reasoning skills, good judgment, and a strong work ethic; and

·         Strong oral communication and advocacy skills.



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


PROBATION:                  Appointment to these exempt positions (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 their resume, writing samples, three references, and cover letter in ONE (1) PDF FILE via email only to, indicating “DCA – EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION DIVISION” in the subject line.  


Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.


Selected applicants will be invited to interview.




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

How to apply


AND DEADLINE:            Attorneys interested in applying should submit their resume, writing samples, three references, and cover letter in ONE (1) PDF FILE via email only to, indicating “DCA – EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION DIVISION” in the subject line.