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The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is an innovative, nationally-recognized municipal law office working to protect and advance the rights and interests of the City and County of San Francisco and its residents. With just over 300 talented and dedicated employees, the Office provides exceptional legal services to the City’s Mayor, Board of Supervisors, officials, and departments. Our work empowers City leaders with effective, responsive, and creative legal solutions and representation so they can deliver critical public services, and our affirmative advocacy enhances the lives and wellbeing of the San Francisco’s residents and visitors.

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Position Summary
The Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of eight attorneys, one paralegal, and two legal secretaries. The Team, in cooperation with other City agencies, investigates and civilly prosecutes property owners and businesses that violate building, housing, planning, health, or other local and state codes, or who are otherwise misusing their property to endanger public health and safety. Representative lawsuits have addressed unpermitted construction, substandard housing, blight, health hazards, sex trafficking, illegal short-term rentals, zoning violations, and affordable housing requirements.
Duties and Responsibilities
Attorneys on the Team use the legal tools under state and local laws to address public nuisance issues and other unlawful conduct in the City, working with Office investigators, the community, and other government agencies. Each attorney is assigned one or more districts of the City, where the attorney has primary responsibility for monitoring and abating public nuisance issues. Attorneys promote communication across City departments and with outside agencies to ensure a coordinated response to illegal conduct. During investigations, attorneys analyze potentially applicable regulations and advise City departments about Fourth Amendment law as well as the use of warrants, subpoenas, and emergency orders. Attorneys manage cases from pre-litigation investigation and demands, through civil case filing, settlement evaluation, discovery, trial, and appeal. The Office may staff larger enforcement cases with multiple attorneys.
Minimum Qualifications
• Licensed to practice law in California.
Desired Qualifications
• Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
• Ability to manage and appropriately balance an active caseload of investigative and litigation matters, meet deadlines, and adjust to occasional workload increases.
• Excellent judgment, ethics, and commitment to public service.
• Strong interpersonal skills and a problem-solving attitude.
• Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
• Five or more years of litigation experience, ideally including case development and trial.
• Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter here  by May 31, 2022. Applicants who advance in the selection process must submit at least two references and at least one writing sample, preferably a brief that was filed in a court or administrative proceeding.