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:                       The Office of the City Attorney has an immediate opening for an experienced litigator in the Business & Complex Litigation Division of the Civil Litigation Branch.



SECTION:                        The Business & Complex Litigation Division is responsible for complex litigation matters involving a broad range of practice areas involving City policies and practices.  The Division handles cases involving civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, constitutional challenges to City ordinances, class actions, contract and business disputes, and a variety of other civil litigation against the City, its departments, and personnel.




RESPONSIBILITIES:      The primary responsibility of the attorney selected for this position will be the defense of complex and sophisticated civil litigation in state and federal courts.



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:

·         At least three years of active civil litigation practice in California and Federal Courts;

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

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

·         A sincere desire to vigorously and ethically litigate cases through pretrial and trial stages;

·         Strong oral communication and advocacy skills;

·         Sound judgment and strong organizational skills.


The following qualifications are desirable:

·         Significant civil litigation experience, especially in cases involving civil rights, statutory and constitutional challenges, and complex business disputes; and

·         Class action, judicial clerkship, or appellate experience.



WRITING SAMPLES:     Two writing samples composed by the candidate in the last two years are required.



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:



APPLICATION AND DEADLINE:            Attorneys interested in applying should submit ONE (1) PDF File, via email only, that includes their resume, writing samples, law school transcript, three references, and cover letter indicating, “DCA – BUSINESS AND COMPLEX LITIGATION DIVISION” in the subject line to


                                          Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.


Selected applicants will be invited to interview.



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

How to apply

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE:            Attorneys interested in applying should submit ONE (1) PDF File, via email only, that includes their resume, writing samples, law school transcript, three references, and cover letter indicating, “DCA – BUSINESS AND COMPLEX LITIGATION DIVISION” in the subject line to

                                          Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Selected applicants will be invited to interview.