Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
Hydee Feldstein Soto
DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY
EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION DIVISION
CIVIL LITIGATION BRANCH
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: Law and motion attorney in the Employment Litigation Division of the Civil Litigation Branch.
SECTION: The Employment Litigation Division defends the City of Los Angeles, 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 statutes, especially those arising under the California 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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Law and motion attorneys are responsible for the initial evaluation of cases including spotting potential liability issues, determining compliance with the Government Tort Claims Act and identifying pleading defects and affirmative defenses. Law and motion attorneys are also responsible for the evaluation for, and the drafting, filing and/or litigation of, a wide variety of pleadings such as: demurrers, FRCP 12(b)(6) motions, motions for summary judgment / adjudication, motions to quash, motions to stay, removals, motions in limine, motions for judgment as a matter of law, motions for judgment on the pleadings, motions for directed verdict, motions for new trial, oppositions to motions for attorney's fees, and other post-trial motions. In addition, law and motion attorneys may be asked to oppose discovery motions including motions to compel and motions for protective orders. Litigation is in the Superior Courts 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:
? Five (5) years of civil litigation practice in California and/or Federal Courts;
? Extensive knowledge of the California Code of Civil Procedure, California Evidence Code, Civil Code, and case law applicable to FEHA and Labor Code 1102.5 claims;
? Significant law and motion experience and a sincere desire to vigorously represent the City of Los Angeles in litigation that is often contentious, complex and highly charged;
? Good analytical, reasoning, and advocacy skills and a strong work ethic, and
? Good organizational and logistical skills.
The following qualifications are desirable:
? Admission to the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil Procedure, local rules for the Central District of California;
? Ability to deal effectively with public officials, departmental personnel, and members of the public;
? Strong oral communication skills;
WRITING SAMPLE: Candidates are required to submit two writing samples, of which they are the primary author, in the last two years.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: This position is designated Category 4 on Schedule B of the 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.
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: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf.