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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. Read more about the our efforts to address racial equity and enhance diversity at the City Attorney’s Office.

Current Opportunities

Paralegal, Labor Team
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a paralegal with at least five years of experience, and preferably litigation experience, to join its Labor Team.

The Labor Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and legal secretaries.  The Team defends the City in state and federal civil litigation (through trial and appeals) and 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.  The Labor Team is made up of 17 attorneys, 3 paralegals, 1 legal assistant, and 5 secretaries.  We are recruiting to fill a vacant paralegal position.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills, and an ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with attorneys, other paralegals, secretaries and others.
  • Ability to analyze legal problems, and perform detailed analytical work with accuracy and initiative.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, accept and implement written and oral instructions, and communicate effectively and tactfully with attorneys, office personnel, court personnel, vendors and representatives of other governmental departments/entities and the general public.
  • Working knowledge of civil legal procedures, legal terminology and court rules.
  • Adept in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with Adobe Professional, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Team, TextMap, Concordance, IPRO Eclipse, CaseMap, Trial Director, or other similar software.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

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 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. Attorneys on the Land Use Team defend legal challenges in state and federal courts to all City land use decisions, including amendments to City codes, CEQA determinations, and project approvals.

Attorneys on the Land Use Team are assigned a caseload of both civil litigation and administrative matters. 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. Attorneys provide land use advice to specific client departments, and draft legislation for the Board of Supervisors as well as specific client departments, as requested.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and legal analytical skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients, with a positive attitude.
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance multiple assignments and litigation matters, meet deadlines, and adjust to fluctuations in workload.
  • Ability to litigate claims against and on behalf of the City.
  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • An interest in and commitment to public service.
  • Understanding of government operations and regulations.

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

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

The Trial Team is a collaborative, nimble, and dynamic group of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and 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 discovery and motion practice through trial and appeal. The Team’s docket is extraordinarily 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 select 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly, work both collaboratively and independently, and identify and assess substantive and procedural legal issues.
  • Work effectively and efficiently within multiple competing deadlines, adjust to workload changes and dive into new assignments quickly.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to manage, investigate, and litigate multiple defensive matters in both state and federal courts.
  • Work effectively with paralegals, legal assistants, investigators, and other support staff. • Experience with e-discovery.
  • Exhibit an interest, comfort, and good working knowledge of sophisticated document review tools.
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment, multi-task, and be curious.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
  • Interest and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Three or more years of civil litigation experience, including trial experience.

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

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

The Retirement Team is a collaborative group of six attorneys and a legal secretary. The team counsels the Retirement Board and the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS), which administers, manages, and operates the City’s retirement plans; this work includes investing system assets, approving or denying disability benefit determinations, and disbursing benefits. SFERS serves approximately 75,000 members and beneficiaries and has approximately $35 billion in assets. The Retirement Board also administers the San Francisco Deferred Compensation Plan (SFDCP), which has over 31,000 participants and approximately $4.5 billion in assets. The Retirement Team’s work covers a broad array of municipal issues that impact the Retirement Board and SFERS, including matters related to pension benefits, SFERS’s investments portfolio, and the SFDCP. The Team also represents SFERS in administrative hearings on industrial and ordinary disability retirement applications involving employees of the City, the Community College District, and the School District before the California Office of Administrative Hearings and may defend those administrative decisions in court.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance an active caseload of administrative matters, and adjust to occasional workload increases.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Four or more years of experience with disability benefits hearings and litigation and advising on public benefits issues.

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.

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. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: careeropportunities@sfcityatty.org. You can also send employment related communications via the U.S. Postal Service to the following address:

Attention: Managing Attorney, Office of the City Attorney, City Hall, Room 234
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. San Francisco, CA 94102