Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
Hydee Feldstein Soto
DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY
GENERAL COUNSEL DIVISION
MUNICIPAL LAW BRANCH
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $94,112 - $169,126
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: Deputy City Attorney in the General Counsel Division of the Municipal Law Branch.
SECTION: The General Counsel Division serves as counsel to the various City officers and departments, including the Mayor, City Council, Controller, City Clerk, City Ethics Commission, Convention Center, Cultural Affairs, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument Authority, FilmLA, General Services, Information & Technology Agency, Library, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, Transportation and Zoo. Division attorneys also serve as counsel to the Commissions of the above-referenced Departments and Council Committees having subject matter jurisdiction over the work of those Departments. The Division prepares and reviews contracts for other City Departments, including Building & Safety, Cannabis Regulation, Emergency Management, Fire, LAPD, Planning and Personnel.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: In serving as general counsel for the City officers and departments, the attorneys in the Division provide oral and written advice on a myriad of issues, such as statutory and Constitutional interpretation and application (e.g., Ralph M. Brown Act, conflict of interest laws, election laws, the Public Records Act, First Amendment issues), and liability assessment and risk management. The attorneys also review, edit, draft and negotiate contracts and other transactional documents, frequently involving highly complex transactions. Further, the Division is responsible for the development and drafting of a majority of the ordinances prepared by the Office and is often required to prepare advisory opinions or legal memoranda on issues of significance to the City leadership. Additionally, the General Counsel Division handles specialized litigation relating to City Departments and City ordinances. The attorney selected for this position will be responsible for providing legal counsel for several City Departments on transactional matters pertaining to public contracting and specifically professional services agreements. The attorney will be assigned to the Contracting Section, a team which provides legal counsel on transactional matters pertaining to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), City Clerk (Clerk), Emergency Management Department (EMD), Fire Department (Fire), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Chief Legislative Analyst Office (CLA), General Services Division Personnel, Building and Safety (B&S), Office of the Mayor (Mayor), City Council (Council), Planning Department (Planning), Office of the City Attorney (City Attorney), Office of Public Accountability, Office of Procurement (OOP), Convention Center and major special events (including the 2028 Summer Olympics), and HIPAA. The attorney will be expected to provide expertise on all aspects of the City’s public procurement and competitive bidding procedures, as well as all applicable Codes and laws governing City contracts. The attorney will be responsible for providing support to team members on all elements of contracting, which include: negotiating, drafting, and executing contractual agreements, applying the Standard Provisions for City Contracts to such agreements, and addressing stakeholder contracting concerns as they arise. The attorney will additionally be responsible for retaining several client departments, and concurrently managing their needs on an as needed basis.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants for this position must have a license to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California. Additional qualifications include:
? Transactional law experience;
? Knowledge of public contracting and competitive bidding processes for municipal government experience;
? Strong research and writing skills in complex areas of law;
? Demonstrated abilities to exercise sound judgment; and
? Ability to work effectively with governmental agencies, public officials,
departmental personnel, and members of the public.
The following qualifications are highly desirable:
? Knowledge of the California Public Records Act, Brown Act and conflict of
? Knowledge of the City’s Standard Provisions for City Contracting (Rev. 09/22);
? Knowledge of the City Charter and City Administrative Code;
? Familiarity with professional service contracts for public entities
WRITING SAMPLE: Candidates are required to submit two writing samples personally composed by the applicant in the last two years.
PROBATION: Appointment to this exempt position (non Civil-Service) will be subject to a one (1) year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the one (1) 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 their resume, writing samples and cover letter in ONE (1) PDF FILE, indicating “DCA - GENERAL COUNSEL, Job #3250 (YOUR CALIFORNIA BAR NUMBER)” in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recruitment is ongoing until position is filled.
Selected applicants may be invited to interview.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: This position is designated Category 1 in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Conflict
of Interest Code