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The City Attorney’s Office represents the City in legal matters pertaining to the City of Oakland. These matters include, but are not limited to, providing advice to clients, handling writ proceedings and handling litigation and appellate matters.
Position Summary
The Office of the City Attorney seeks a well-qualified individual for a Deputy City Attorney II or III position in the General and Complex Litigation Division of the Office of the City Attorney. Significant litigation experience including writ and appellate experience is desirable for this position.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Performing legal research, interpreting and applying laws and court decisions
• 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
Skills and Competencies
• Interpret and apply various government codes and ordinances
• 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
Qualifications and Prior Experience
Deputy City Attorney II: Two years of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney I in the City of Oakland.
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.
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume by email [email protected]

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).

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