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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

Legal Secretary, Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated Legal Secretary I to join its Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team.

The Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 10 attorneys, 4 paralegals, and 3 secretaries. The 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. We are recruiting to fill a vacant Legal Secretary I position.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Energy Team

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

The Energy & Telecommunications Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of seven attorneys, one paralegal and one legal secretary. Attorneys work closely with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in its operation of two retail electricity businesses: Hetch Hetchy Power and CleanPowerSF. Attorneys advise the City’s Department of Technology on contract negotiation and drafting, cyber-security policy, telecommunications law and policy, and data privacy. The Energy & Telecommunications Team has an active regulatory practice before federal and state agencies on energy and telecommunications matters. Attorneys on the team regularly monitor and advise on relevant federal and state legislation and assist local policymakers with developing their own proposals and understanding local, state, and federal legislation proposed by others.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Government Litigation Team

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

The Government Litigation Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of four attorneys, two paralegals, and two legal secretaries. The Team handles litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, principally on the defense side. The Team’s docket is broad, and generally focuses on defending the legality of City ordinances, regulations, and programs and of quasi-judicial decisions made by City administrative agencies challenged through administrative mandamus. The Team is experienced in litigating issues of federal and state preemption and all manner of federal and state Constitutional claims, focusing particularly on issues of free speech, free exercise and establishment of religion, equal protection, and due process. The Team also litigates issues arising under California constitutional or statutory provisions limiting the enactment of local taxes and fees, as well as under state and local open meeting and public records laws. Most of the Team’s cases involve principally legal rather than factual issues.

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 attorney to join its Health & Human Services Team.

The Health & Human Services Team provides general counsel to 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 & Aging Services (DAAS); 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, involuntary mental health hold petitions (Welfare & Institutions Code Section 5150, etc.), Health Officer orders and directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic, other litigation as assigned, and permit and enforcement proceedings.

The team also advises the Mayor’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, and other City officials and departments on matters relating to health care and human service programs. The team’s responsibilities include: providing general legal counsel to the team’s clients, including in relation to privacy and compliance, health care issues, and state and federal regulatory oversight of licensed facilities and professionals; interpreting the myriad of federal, state, and local laws governing the provision and funding of health and human service programs; drafting related local and state legislation; drafting and approving contracts and advising in relation to the City’s procurement processes (including requests for proposals); advising the Health Commission, the Human Services Commission, and other policy and advisory bodies; and advising on the day-to-day legal issues that arise in the operation of major City departments, including in relation to public meeting and public records laws.

Certain matters involving these clients require specialized legal expertise and are either referred to other teams or advice is provided in coordination with other teams. The Trial Team generally represents these departments in litigation, with assistance from the Health & Human Services Team. The Labor Team advises these departments on personnel issues and handles litigation relating to employer-employee matters, also including with assistance from the Health & Human Services Team. The Health & Human Services team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 9 attorneys, one paralegal, and two legal secretaries.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Land Use Team

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

The Land Use Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 12 attorneys, two paralegals and legal assistants, and one legal secretary. The Land Use Team’s practice includes advice work, drafting and advising on legislation, and litigation. All attorneys handle both advice work and litigation. The Team serves as general counsel for the City’s Planning, Public Works, and Building Inspection departments, and advises the oversight commissions for those departments.

The Team works on public and private project land use entitlements. Attorneys advise City agencies on projects that involve planning and zoning laws; housing requirements and application of State laws and restrictions, inclusionary and affordable housing issues; environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); building permits and Building Code matters; subdivision and condominium maps; streets and sidewalks, including encroachments, street closures and vacations; takings law and eminent domain; development impact fees and nexus studies; and historic preservation. Attorneys also draft legislation that addresses these kinds of land use issues for the Board of Supervisors as well as specific client departments, as requested.

Attorneys on the Land Use Team are assigned a caseload of both civil litigation and administrative matters, defending legal challenges in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies to City land use decisions, including amendments to City codes, CEQA determinations, and project approvals. They handle all aspects of their cases and assignments, including legal assessments and strategies, client communication and coordination, any motion practice, settlement evaluation and negotiation, trial and appeal.

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 “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.

The City and the Office are committed to the health and safety of our employees. Under the City’s Vaccination Policy, all City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. For details on how this condition applies to your employment, please visit, https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Job-Opportunities/COE-COVID-19-Vaccination-Requirements.pdf.