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About the Office

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, dedicated, and diverse 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 San Francisco’s residents and visitors.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Office recognizes that diversity in the backgrounds, ideas and lived experiences of our employees enriches our workplace and enhances our work.  We aspire to recruit, employ, retain and promote capable individuals representing the full spectrum of our community, and welcome all candidates, including candidates of any race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age and candidates with disabilities.  We have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and stay, and where employees feel welcomed, engaged and valued for their work and contributions to the Office and the City.  To learn more about the Office’s efforts to provide a welcoming, diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace please click here.

Current Opportunities

Deputy City Attorney, Labor Team

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated Deputy City Attorney to join its Health & Human Services Team.

The Labor Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 19 attorneys, five paralegals and legal assistants, and six legal secretaries. The Team defends the City in state and federal civil litigation (through trial and appeals), in administrative proceedings involving employment and labor matters, and provides proactive advice and risk management strategies to its client departments on all aspects of the City’s labor and employment relationships. The Team advises and represents the City in its on-going relationships with the more than 30 unions that represent City employees, including collective bargaining, labor grievance arbitrations, and defending unfair labor practice and other administrative charges.

If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

Deputy City Attorney, Health & Human Services Team

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated Deputy City Attorney to join its Health & Human Services Team.

The Health & Human Services Team serves as general counsel for the Department of Public Health, the Human Services Agency, the City’s programs for people experiencing homelessness, and certain other health-related City departments. This includes working with:  The City’s two public hospital facilities, its ambulatory and mental health clinics, and its street medicine teams; the Medical Examiner’s Office; Jail Health; the Health Officer and Population Health; the Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS); the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF); Environmental Health; and the Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing (HSH). This work includes assisting with Medical Probate (Probate Code Section 3200) petitions, tuberculosis (TB) civil detention petitions, legal issues related to involuntary mental health hold petitions (Welfare & Institutions Code Section 5150, etc.), Health Officer orders and directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic, other advice and litigation as assigned, and permit and enforcement proceedings.

If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

Deputy City Attorney, Tax Team

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated Deputy City Attorney to join its Tax Team.

This position on the City’s Tax Team would defend the City in tax suits filed by taxpayers, working collaboratively with other attorneys on the Tax Team. Cases may involve a wide range of local tax issues, including federal and state constitutional issues (Commerce Clause, special vs. general taxes); issues interpreting federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to the City’s taxes; and issues relating to the application of the City’s taxes to the diverse and emerging industries comprising San Francisco’s business community.

If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

Deputy City Attorney, Trial/Litigation Team

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for an experienced and motivated Deputy City Attorney to join its Trial/Litigation Team.

The Trial Team is a collaborative, nimble, and dynamic group of 22 attorneys, 7 paralegals and legal assistants, and 6 legal secretaries. The Team primarily defends lawsuits filed against the City and County of San Francisco and its employees in state and federal court, handling all phases of litigation, from case intake and assessment, litigation strategy, discovery and document review, motion practice, settlement evaluation and negotiation, trial, and appeal. The Team’s docket is broad, and ranges from personal injury accidents to taxation, land use to constitutional torts. The Trial Team represents employees from all City departments and touches every aspect of the City’s operations, from transit to sewer, law enforcement to public health. Trial Team deputies may also handle affirmative matters, including restraining orders based on workplace harassment or the threat of gun violence.  Trial Team members also work on cross-team assignments on an as-needed basis, including helping City departments assess litigation risks, respond to third-party discovery, and respond to crisis situations.

If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

Applying

Prospective candidates for all city government positions—including the City Attorney’s Office—are encouraged to visit the Careers with Purpose page of the City’s website to learn more about employment with the City and County of San Francisco.