Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
Hydee Feldstein Soto
DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY
DWP DIVISION – CIVIL LITIGATION SECTION
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: Litigation attorney in its Civil Litigation (Tort) Section.
SECTION: The DWP Division serves as counsel to the Department of Water & Power (DWP), its officers and employees, and the Board of Water & Power Commissioners. The Civil Litigation (Tort) Section representing the DWP in it civil liability claims and litigation. The practice is active, interesting, and includes a large variety of civil liability claims and cases.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The primary duties of this position will include the aggressively defending the DWP, its officers, employees, and Board members regarding civil liability (tort) claims and litigation; advising and representing the DWP and its personnel on procedures to reduce claim and litigation exposure, and handling collection matters on behalf of the DWP involving damages to its property and reimbursable expenditures.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required qualifications: Applicants for this position must have a license to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California, three years’ experience in civil trial preparation and actual trial experience in the Superior Court (both limited and unlimited jurisdictions), knowledge regarding the California Government Code and its application to public entities; an understanding of claims for damages and claims procedures; and mediation and/or arbitration experience.
The following qualifications are highly desirable:
?Demonstrated extensive research and writing skills;
?Strong oral communication skills;
?Inverse condemnation defense experience;
?Litigation knowledge regarding dangerous condition of public property matters;
?Experience with municipal law;
?Experience in effectively dealing with public officials, departmental personnel and members of the public and,
?Personal injury and property damage defense.
WRITING SAMPLE: Candidates are required to submit a recent writing sample.
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.
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.
APPLICATION AND DEADLINE: Attorneys interested in applying should submit in ONE (1) PDF FILE the following documents: cover letter specifying DCA - DWP - CIVIL LITIGATION, resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hiring is ongoing until position is filled.
Selected applicants will be invited to interview.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: This position is designated Category 12 on Schedule B of the Conflict of Interest Code.