Exempt | Location: Civic Center

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ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $110,121 - $210,658

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 attorney interested in representing the Department of Water and Power on legal matters involving environmental and natural resources law. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong oral and written skills and enjoy a team-based approach to representing clients.

DIVISION: The Department of Water & Power (DWP) Division acts as General Counsel to the Board of Water & Power Commissioners, its officers and employees. Division attorneys are responsible for legal representation, counsel and advice, and handling litigation related to DWP operations.
The DWP Division is located at 221 N. Figueroa St., Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The attorneys in this group advise LADWP as it navigates the legal challenges associated with transforming from a utility founded in the 20th century into one that intends to provide the vast majority of its power from renewable sources by 2035 and to drastically increase the amount of recycled water supplied to its customers. The legal implications of climate change and the essential actions to adapt to it are among the most pressing legal issues facing both the water and power systems. The responsibilities of this position are generally representing and advising DWP’s Water System on issues involving the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, groundwater rights, and purchased imported water supplies. Advising the Power System on mandatory environmental regulations affecting its operations are also integral to the work. The scope of work includes analyzing and litigating matters arising from state and federal laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the California Water Code, the Fish and Game Code, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, and other relevant statutes. Responsibilities include representing DWP before various administrative agencies, State and Federal Courts. Because DWP is a municipal utility and a proprietary department of the City, matters relating to the City Charter, general municipal law, the fixing of rates and enforcement of the rules and regulations under which DWP operates will be implicated. Some of this work will require handling legal matters that arise in Inyo County and Mono County and will require travel to the Eastern Sierra region of California.

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 of practice in California and Federal Courts. Ability to review and draft contracts, ordinances, settlement agreements, resolutions and Board letters; and the ability to draft motions and argue persuasively before courts, administrative hearing boards and other tribunals.
The following qualifications are desirable:
? Previous civil litigation experience in environmental and natural resources law;
? Previous experience as a regulator or prosecutor for environmental matters;
? Demonstrated analytical skills;
? Ability to deal effectively with public officials, departmental personnel and members of the public; and
? Strong oral communication skills.

WRITING SAMPLE: Candidates are required to submit two (2) writing samples.

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:

PROBATION: Appointment to this exempt position (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.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: This position is designated Category 24 on Schedule B of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Conflict of Interest Code.

How to apply

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE: Attorneys interested in applying should submit the following four (3) documents: cover letter, resume, and writing samples in one (1) merged PDF file specifying: “DWP – WATER AND ENVIRONMENT (YOUR CALIFORNIA BAR NUMBER), Job #3181” via email to
Hiring ongoing as positions become available.
Selected applicants will be invited to interview.