The City Attorney’s Office provides legal advice and counsel to the City and City departments and agencies in areas including but not limited to public contracting, land use, real estate, housing, public works, parks and recreation, health and welfare, library, police, fire and various other public services, personnel, elections, conflicts of interest, municipal finance, retirement, housing and economic development. Services include negotiating and drafting and advising regarding development agreements, drafting and reviewing contracts, legislation and other documents, and providing litigation services in the defense of ordinances and other administrative actions and in specialized areas such as probate, tax and bankruptcy. Additionally, the City Attorney’s Office is legal counsel for the City Council, Council committees, Mayor, City Administrator, City Auditor, City boards and commissions, various City-wide task forces and City agencies and departments. Attorneys in the General & Complex Litigation Division advocate for the City’s interests in claims and lawsuits filed against the City, its officers, employees and agencies.
Duties may include but are not limited to:
• Providing advice and guidance and reviewing work of the attorneys in the Division.
• Handling supervisory administrative matters including allocating work assignments among supervised attorneys; preparing attorney performance reviews, and attending meetings with senior City staff, City Attorney management and other attorney supervisors.
• Attending meetings with high-level elected and appointed City officials.
• Directly providing advice and counsel for lawsuits, serving as co-counsel or lead counsel with supervised attorneys on projects, lawsuits and other matters. The supervising attorney will have his/her own projects/matters/cases/lawsuits for which s/he is responsible in addition to supervising the supervised attorneys.
• Performing and/or reviewing legal research, interpreting and applying laws and court decisions.
• Providing and/or supervising and reviewing legal advice related to claims and lawsuits.
• Supervising and/or handling all aspects of litigation.
• Keeping the Assistant City Attorney apprised of key issues and developments; anticipating, foreseeing and planning strategy, discovery and trial preparation.
• Ensuring coordination with and keeping the relevant Departments/Agencies apprised of developments and upcoming hearings, decisions and closed session presentations and other matters.
• Supervising and/or acting in an advisory capacity at meetings of the City Council, City boards and commissions.
• Reviewing staff reports; writing City Council reports for open and closed sessions.
• Developing expertise in a particular area of municipal law.
• Overseeing outside counsel.
• Exercising sound judgment and clearly explaining legal advice to attorneys and lay people and defending legal analyses.
• Responding to questions posed by members of the public.
• May serve as counsel to City Council committees and City boards, or commissions.
• Attending evening and late night meetings on matters and issues involving lawsuits, claims and other matters that the General and Complex Litigation Division handles.
• Interpret and apply various statutes, ordinances and case law.
• Conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions/advice.
• Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents.
• Handle jury trials.
• 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 for clients of the City Attorney’s Office.
The following qualifications are guidelines as the appointing authority has broad discretion in filling positions in this classification.
• One year of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney IV in the City of Oakland, – or –
• Ten years of professional experience in relevant areas of law.
• Candidates must possess excellent knowledge of federal and state court procedures, including local rules. Excellent writing and oral argument skills are needed. Education
• The incumbent must be a graduate of an accredited law school. License or Certificate
• A member in good standing of the California State Bar.
Submit a cover letter and resume by email to: [email protected]
Candidates selected to proceed in the hiring process will be asked to submit additional information (e.g., a writing sample, references, answers to supplemental questions, and a formal City of Oakland employment application)