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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, Code Enforcement Team

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

The Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of eight attorneys, one paralegal, and two legal secretaries. The Team, in cooperation with other City agencies, investigates and civilly prosecutes property owners and businesses that are violating building, housing, planning, health, or other city local and state codes, or who are otherwise misusing their property to endanger public health and safety. Representative lawsuits have addressed unpermitted construction, substandard housing, blight, health hazards, sex trafficking, illegal short-term rentals, zoning violations, and affordable housing requirements.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Complex & Affirmative Litigation Team

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

The team is a collaborative, nimble, and dynamic group of attorneys, paralegals, and legal secretaries. The team handles both affirmative and defensive matters, in state and federal court, in trial and on appeal. The team’s docket is extraordinarily broad, and generally involves at least one or more of the following: novel legal issues, constitutional concerns, statewide and/or nationwide remedies and public policy reforms, or a large volume of litigants, witnesses, and/or evidence. In addition to representing the City and County of San Francisco, the team pursues affirmative litigation as determined by the City Attorney on behalf of the People of the State of California to remedy unlawful, fraudulent, and unfair business practices throughout the state and public nuisances. The team also participates in the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, a partnership between the City Attorney’s Office and Yale Law School, which pairs Yale law students with lawyers across the Office who are developing and/or litigating complex affirmative litigation matters.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Ethics & Elections Team

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

The Ethics and Elections Team serves as general counsel to the San Francisco Ethics Commission, Department of Elections, Elections Commission, Ballot Simplification Committee, and Redistricting Task Force. The Team regularly provides advice about ethics, conflict of interest, campaign finance, and elections-related matters to the City’s elected officials, department heads, commissioners, and employees, and drafts legislation within its subject matter expertise. The Team also provides legal ethics advice to employees in the City Attorney’s Office.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Labor Team

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

The Labor Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 17 attorneys, five paralegals and legal assistants, and five legal secretaries. The Team defends the City in state and federal civil litigation (through trial and appeals), in administrative proceedings involving labor and employment 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, Port Team

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

The Port Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of five attorneys and one legal secretary. The Team functions as in-house legal counsel to the Port of San Francisco, which is an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for the operations, maintenance, and management of 7.5 miles of the City’s world-famous eastern waterfront for the benefit of the City, its residents, and the state of California. The property consists of historic piers, cruise ship and other maritime facilities, museums, a major league ballpark, industrial space, entertainment venues, and two major multi-use development projects which will include retail, residential, PDR, and commercial uses. The Port’s property portfolio also protects critical infrastructure for the City, region, and state, and requires the Port to continually improve its assets and prepare for sea level rise. The Port operates within a complex regulatory structure and regularly works with the State Lands Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, in addition to other City departments. The Team is located at the Port’s offices at Pier 1 The Embarcadero.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Port Team (Real Estate)

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

The Port Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of six attorneys and one legal secretary. The team functions as in-house legal counsel to the Port of San Francisco, which is an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for the operations, maintenance, and management of 7.5 miles of the City’s world-famous eastern waterfront for the benefit of the City, its residents, and the state of California. The property consists of historic piers, cruise ship and other maritime facilities, museums, a major league ballpark, industrial space, entertainment venues, and two major multi-use development projects which will include retail, residential, PDR, and commercial uses. The Port’s property portfolio also protects critical infrastructure for the City, region, and state, and requires the Port to continually improve its assets and prepare for sea level rise. The Port operates within a complex regulatory structure and regularly works with the State Lands Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, in addition to other City departments. The team is located at the Port’s offices at Pier 1 The Embarcadero.

For this opening, the Office seeks an attorney with expertise and experience in real estate development and general real estate matters. If you are interested in the position, more information about the job and application process is available here.

Deputy City Attorney, Real & Finance Team

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated litigator to join its Real Estate & Finance Team.

The Real Estate & Finance Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 11 attorneys (nine real estate and two public finance attorneys), two paralegals, and two legal secretaries. The Team oversees the legal aspects of real estate, debt financing, and other business transactions for the City. The real estate attorneys work on a wide range of real estate transactions for the City – from large, complex development projects, such as mixed-use commercial developments and affordable and supportive housing projects, to purchases and sales, leases, loans, legislation, easements and other real estate matters. The finance attorneys represent the City on various bond and debt transactions, funding all of the capital required to build, operate and maintain City functions and services. The team works closely with many City departments, including the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Real Estate Department, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, the Office of Public Finance, the Municipal Transportation Agency, the Recreation and Parks Department, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Trial Team

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated litigator 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.

Legal Assistant, Litigation Support Team

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

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

Legal Secretary, Workers Compensation Team

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated legal secretary to join its Workers Compensation Team.

Under supervision, the Legal Secretary provides legal secretarial and administrative services of an extremely difficult and confidential nature for the City Attorney’s Office.

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.