Superior Court of California, County of Orange

Orange County Superior Court is a forward-thinking, cutting edge organization with a highly supportive and collaborative executive team.

Our staff play a critical role in the mission of the Court: serving the public by administering justice and resolving disputes under the law, thereby protecting the rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitutions of California and of the United States.

Position Summary:

Research Attorneys work under the direction of the Judges and the General Counsel. They are required to carefully review pleadings, petitions, law and motion papers, and thoroughly research and analyze the law. They also prepare concise and organized memoranda with recommendations to the Court. These positions are responsible for a high-volume of work with short deadlines for the completion of assignments.

Duties and Responsibilities:

A research attorney assigned to Complex Civil will work directly with one or more judicial officers assigned to the Complex Civil panel. The work will primarily involve drafting recommended rulings on all law and motion matters that come before the court in cases designated or assigned to complex, including without limitation, complex business and employment litigation, class actions and PAGA claims, real estate and CEQA litigation and other complex multi-party litigation. Experience with class actions is helpful, but not required. The ideal candidate has exceptional analytical ability preferably with experience in a large law firm handling complex business litigation, including discovery, research and writing.

Note: Attorneys may be reassigned at any time to General Civil, Complex Civil, Criminal, Family Law, Juvenile, Probate or Appellate Departments, depending on the needs of the Court. Also, the resulting eligible list may be used to fill general Civil positions if the need arises.

Skills and Competencies:

Ability to
Be proficient in online, web and windows based legal research applications and proficient in using MS Word. Excellent research and writing skills are essential, along with the ability to work independently on a wide variety of legal issues of varied complexity, effectively manage one’s time in order to meet stringent time constraints and interact professionally with Judicial Officers, Colleagues and Court staff.

Qualifications and Prior Experience:

Bar Membership: Active membership in good standing with the California State Bar.

Experience: At least three (3) years post California Bar Complex Civil experience is required.

Desirable Qualifications
At least five (5) years experience practicing in one or more of the following areas:
•Complex civil litigation with an emphasis in law and motion
•Complex civil legal research
**Excellent writing skills (applicants must submit a self-edited writing sample with the application).

How to Apply:

Applicants are required to submit a completed online employment application, supplemental questionnaire and a self-edited writing sample here:

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