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City Attorney Dennis Herrera speaks to City Attorney staff at the beginning of his term in January 2014.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera speaks to City Attorney staff at the beginning of his term in January 2014.

Diversity and Inclusion

San Francisco’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and our office aims to reflect the communities we serve. We believe that diversity in our office is crucial to successfully performing the variety of work we are entrusted with as the City’s attorney. Being able to draw on different perspectives allows us to be at the forefront of legal issues both locally and nationally.

We recognize that much work remains to be done to celebrate diversity in the legal profession. We are committed to continuing our role in contributing to that effort. The City Attorney’s Office encourages a diverse applicant pool, welcomes qualified applicants of all backgrounds, and awards jobs based on fair and open competition.

Current Opportunities

Complex & Affirmative Litigation Paralegal
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a paralegal with a deep knowledge in all aspects of eDiscovery to join its Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team. The Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team handles affirmative and defensive matters in both state and federal court, at all stages of litigation, from the initial pleadings to appeals. The matters often involve novel legal issues, large amounts of documents, and significant collaboration with attorneys both on the Team as well as across the office. Paralegals are integral to this work and to the success of the Team. They work under the direction of attorneys and provide a variety of paraprofessional legal duties in a fast-paced, high volume litigation practice. This position requires excellent verbal and writing skills, the ability to analyze legal problems, knowledge and agility with eDiscovery tools, methods, and strategies, and the capacity to perform detailed analytical work with accuracy and initiative. The candidate is expected to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously, accept written and oral direction, accurately prioritize projects and deal tactfully and professionally with attorneys, office personnel, court personnel, vendors and representatives of other governmental departments/entities, and the general public.

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

Legal Secretary
Under supervision, the legal secretary provides legal secretarial and clerical services of a difficult, responsible and confidential nature in various citywide departments.

Essential Functions of the Legal Secretary include but are not limited to:
  • Typing, editing and proofreading a wide variety of legal documents in proper format which may include pleadings and briefs (including preparation of Table of Authorities and Table of Contents), motions, notices, correspondence, subpoenas, contracts, jury instructions, complaints, resolutions and ordinances utilizing multiple word processing systems, spreadsheet software, and case management systems/software;
  • Abstracting information from various sources to put general information into proper legal form;
  • Transcribing legal dictation from notes, minutes, interviews and telephone messages to prepare legal documents and correspondence;
  • Opening, maintaining, monitoring, organizing, closing legal case files, creating and updating file indexes, and maintaining correspondence and record files;
  • Maintaining attorney appointment and court calendars, keeping abreast of important court dates, local court rules and procedures regarding filing legal documents with courts as mandated, including e-filing, and serving legal documents as required by court rules;
  • Scheduling depositions, court reporters, and witnesses;
  • Assuring legal complaints are responded to in a timely manner;
  • Providing information when possible by personally assisting callers, and exercising considerable judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential matters;
  • Prioritizing duties and deadlines to accommodate work schedules of a large number of attorneys;
  • May contact court staff, administrative law organizations and other city departments using discretion and tact;
  • Legal filing (including E-Filing) documents with state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal, and administrative bodies; and
  • Performing other related duties and responsibilities as required, including working closely with legal assistants, investigators, information technology staff and accounting staff to complete tasks assigned by attorneys and supervisors.

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


Prospective candidates for all city government positions—including the City Attorney’s Office—are encouraged to visit the “Job Seekers” section of the S.F. Department of Human Resources’ website to learn more about employment with the City and County of San Francisco.

Further, the City Attorney’s Office welcomes resumes and cover letters from prospective applicants for employment opportunities.  As positions become available, the Office will review resumes and cover letters received. We recommend that employment related communications be mailed via U.S. Postal Service to following address:

Attention: Managing Attorney OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY City Hall, Room 234 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102