The majority of lawsuits against the City involve tort cases and this position will handle a significant menu of such cases as well as other cases, including but not limited to breach of contract, inverse condemnation, and civil rights.
• Handling matters pertaining to writs
• Appearing in court to present, argue and try cases
• Preparing pleadings and other papers in connection with trials, hearings, discovery and other legal proceedings
• Reviewing and evaluating case files and making decisions regarding proper disposition
• Studying, interpreting and applying laws, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of cases, opinions and briefs
• Overseeing outside counsel
• Skillfully and professionally presenting legal advice to attorneys and lay people and defending legal analyses
• Inspiring confidence and respect for legal advice
• Interacting with other in-house attorneys as part of a team and occasionally as team leader to provide the best product for clients of the City Attorney’s Office
• Providing legal advice to City departments
• Making presentations to the City Council in open or closed session
• Conduct research on legal problems; prepare sound legal opinions
• Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents
• Present cases in court and administrative proceedings
• Handle stressful or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
• Communicate effectively in both oral and written form with City officials, representatives of outside agencies and the public
• Complete varied assignments within a narrow time frame
• Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
• Inspire confidence and respect for legal advice
• Skillfully and professionally present legal advice to clients including the elected and high-level appointed officials
• Interact with other in-house attorneys as part of a team, and occasionally as team leader, to provide the best product to clients of the City Attorney’s Office
For DCA III position: Two years of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney II position in the City of Oakland.
Graduate of accredited school of law.
A member in good standing of the California State Bar.
Candidates selected to proceed in the hiring process may be asked submit additional information (e.g., a writing sample, references, answers to supplemental questions, the formal City of Oakland employment application).