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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

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

The Complex and Affirmative Litigation 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 Complex and Affirmative Litigation 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 Complex and Affirmative Litigation 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.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities:
Attorneys on the Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team handle both affirmative and defensive matters, including tax matters and complex contract disputes. The vast majority of matters require Team members to work collaboratively with other lawyers and staff across the Office. Deputy City Attorneys on the Team manage all aspects of their cases, including case development and assessment, litigation strategy, discovery and document review, motion practice, settlement evaluation and negotiation, trial and appeal.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly, work both collaboratively and independently, and think deeply and thoroughly about novel substantive and procedural legal issues;
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently within often ambitious internal deadlines, and adjust to last minute assignments and workload increases with agility and adaptability;
  • Excellent written and oral communication and advocacy skills;
  • Ability to identify, investigate, and litigate large affirmative cases as well as vigorously defend complex defensive matters in both state and federal courts;
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with paralegals, legal assistants, and support staff;
  • Experience with e-discovery;
  • 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; and
  • Five 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.

Legal Secretary, Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated legal secretary 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.

Legal Secretary Position and Responsibilities:
Legal Secretaries work under the direction of attorneys and provide a variety of secretarial and clerical duties in a fast-paced, high-volume civil litigation practice. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the range of duties assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list.

  • Preparing, 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, notices, exhibit lists and verdict forms, resolutions and ordinances utilizing multiple word processing systems, spreadsheet software, and case management systems/software in order to prepare a variety of legal documents.
  • Legal filing (including E-Filing) documents with the Supreme Court of the United States, circuit courts of appeal, state courts of appeals, and state and federal trial courts.
  • Opening, maintaining, monitoring, organizing, closing legal case files, creating and updating file index, 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; and 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.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required, including working closely with paralegals, legal assistants, investigators, information technology staff and accounting staff to complete tasks assigned by attorneys and supervisors.
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of court rules and practices according to jurisdiction.
  • Utilizing a wide variety of word processing, case management and calendaring software
  • Performing related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a legal secretary preparing legal documents including petitions, motions, briefs, complaints and other legal forms.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills, and an ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively across multiple legal teams.
  • 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, with a focus on Excel.
  • Experience with Adobe Professional, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Team.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

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

Paralegal, Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated paralegal with at least five years of litigation experience, to join its Complex & 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. The Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team is made up of 10 attorneys, four paralegals, and three secretaries. We are recruiting to fill a vacant paralegal position.

Paralegal Position and Responsibilities:
Paralegals work under the direction of attorneys and provide a variety of paraprofessional legal duties in a fast-paced, high-volume litigation practice. The responsibilities listed below represent the range of duties assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list.

  • Assist with drafting and implementing litigation holds across various City departments.
  • Assist in preparing and reviewing contracts, legislation, responsive pleadings, various discovery documents, subpoenas, legal memoranda and correspondence.
  • Assist with discovery, particularly electronic discovery, and the organization, case management, collection, review and production of large datasets obtained from litigants and City departments and maintained in electronic databases.
  • Conduct database searches in IPRO Eclipse Relativity, CaseMap and Text Map, and review documents within these programs for relevance, responsiveness and privilege.
  • Organize and prepare documents, exhibits, and other materials for use in discovery, hearings or trials, including preparing and running Trial Director.
  • Assist in preparing various motions and ensuring that filings are accurate, properly formatted and filed in a timely manner.
  • Assist on appeals, including assembling the record and conducting fact and legal cite checking.
  • Correspond and communicate with vendors, attorneys and representatives of City departments regarding case status and discovery.
  • Manage multiple projects and prioritize work for several different attorneys.
  • Mentor and train legal assistants and paralegal interns (if any) in the Office. This includes training on legal procedures, as well as litigation support software.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved program, or other significant work experience that satisfies statutory requirements (i.e., Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 6450 compliant).
  • Minimum five years of experience as a paralegal or legal assistant.

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 Teams, TextMap, IPRO Eclipse, CaseMap, Trial Director, or other similar software. Experience with Relativity a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • 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, 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, four 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.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities:
Attorneys on the Labor Team are assigned a caseload of civil litigation and administrative matters. They handle all aspects of their cases, including case assessment, litigation strategy, client communication and coordination, conducting and responding to discovery, all motion practice, settlement evaluation and negotiation, trial and appeal. Also, attorneys may be assigned to provide labor and employment advice to specific client departments and to support collective bargaining.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California.

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 litigation and 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.
  • Three or more years of labor or employment experience, including litigation experience.

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

Legal Assistant, Labor Team
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated legal assistant 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. The Office is adding a legal assistant to the Team.

Legal Assistant Position and Responsibilities:
Legal Assistants work under the direction of attorneys and/or paralegals, and provide a variety of paraprofessional legal duties in a fast-paced, high-volume litigation practice. The responsibilities listed below represent the range of duties assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list.

  • Implement document litigation holds across various City departments.
  • Coordinate with the Litigation Support Team to set up cases and establish and maintain databases.
  • Create and organize case-specific databases and maintain case custodian lists on assigned cases.
  • Draft and issue subpoenas.
  • Assist with discovery, including electronic discovery, and the organization, case management, collection, review strategy, and production of documents obtained from litigants and City departments; prepare privilege logs.
  • Conduct database searches using software such as Eclipse, Concordance, CaseMap, and Text Map, and review documents within these programs for relevance, responsiveness, and privilege.
  • Assist in preparing motions by gathering exhibits, preparing and managing declarations, and fact and legal cite checking briefs and supporting documents using both Blue Book and California styles.
  • Assist on appeals, including assembling the record and conducting fact and legal cite checking.
  • Organize, review, search, and prepare documents, exhibits, transcripts, and other materials for use during investigations, discovery, hearings, trials and arbitrations using Eclipse, Concordance, CaseMap, Text Map, Trial Director, and other software.
  • Estimate and communicate realistic deadlines and expectations to attorneys.
  • Coordinate with attorneys, investigators, paralegals, legal assistants, secretaries, and others and effectively communicate with respect to assignments, workloads, status, and work product.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved program, or other significant work experience that satisfies statutory requirements (i.e., Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 6450 compliant).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 – 2 years of litigation experience as a legal assistant or paralegal or 5+ years as a legal secretary providing proof of performing high level duties as described under Responsibilities section above.
  • 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • 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.

Legal Secretary, Labor Team
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a legal secretary with litigation experience to join its Labor Team.

The Labor Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 17 attorneys, three paralegals, a legal assistant, and five 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.

Legal Secretary Position and Responsibilities:
Legal Secretaries work under the direction of attorneys and provide a variety of secretarial and clerical duties in a fast-paced, high-volume civil litigation practice. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the range of duties assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list.

  • Preparing and editing a wide variety of legal documents in proper format, such as briefs, motions, discovery, correspondence, subpoenas, jury instructions, notices, exhibit and witness lists, verdict forms, and legislative documents (including resolutions and ordinances).
  • Legal filing (including E-Filing) documents with state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal, and administrative bodies.
  • Maintaining attorney calendars and case calendars.
  • Opening, maintaining and closing files; abstracting information from various sources to prepare legal documents according to attorney instructions; answering requests for information from attorneys, opposing counsel, court staff and members of the public.
  • Coordinating depositions and attorney appearances or meetings.
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of court rules and practices according to jurisdiction.
  • Utilizing a wide variety of word processing, case management and calendaring software.
  • Performing related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a legal secretary preparing legal documents including petitions, motions, briefs, complaints and other legal forms

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills, and an ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively across multiple legal teams.
  • 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, with a focus on Excel.
  • Experience with Adobe Professional, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Team.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

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

Legal Secretary, Litigation Team
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated legal secretary to join its Litigation Team.

The Litigation Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of 20 attorneys, six paralegals and legal assistants, and six legal secretaries. The Team defends litigation filed against the City and County of San Francisco in State and Federal court, and handles cases such as personal injury, civil rights and property damage. This position will add a secretary position to the Team.

Legal Secretary Position and Responsibilities:
Legal Secretaries work under the direction of attorneys and provide a variety of secretarial and clerical duties in a fast-paced, high-volume civil litigation practice. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the range of duties assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list.

  • 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, notices, exhibit lists and verdict forms, resolutions and ordinances utilizing multiple word processing systems, spreadsheet software, and case management systems/software in order to prepare a variety of legal documents.
  • Legal filing (including E-Filing) documents with state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal, and administrative bodies.
  • Opening, maintaining, monitoring, organizing, closing legal case files, creating and updating file index, 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; and 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.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required, including working closely with paralegals, legal assistants, investigators, information technology staff and accounting staff to complete tasks assigned by attorneys and supervisors.
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of court rules and practices according to jurisdiction.
  • Utilizing a wide variety of word processing, case management and calendaring software
  • Performing related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a legal secretary preparing legal documents including petitions, motions, briefs, complaints and other legal forms.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills, and an ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively across multiple legal teams.
  • 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, with a focus on Excel.
  • Experience with Adobe Professional, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Team.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

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

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

The Public Utilities Team provides counsel to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of four attorneys and a legal secretary, led by the Utilities General Counsel.

The SFPUC is an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for the management of the City’s water, wastewater (sewer), and power systems and assets. SFPUC has an annual operating budget of over $1 billion and a work force of over 2,400 employees.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities:
Attorneys on the PUC Team provide advice and counsel on a myriad of matters related to municipal water, wastewater, and power utility services. PUC attorney work includes drafting contracts, regulations, and legislation, and representing the City before local, state, and federal legislative and administrative bodies. In particular, the Office seeks an attorney with expertise and experience in state and federal environmental regulatory matters, with special focus on the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the California Water and Health and Safety Codes. This work includes legal advice about capital improvement project planning and implementation, including environmental impact review under state and federal law; new development infrastructure planning and implementation; preparing non-potable water plans and regulations; and developing flood control and floodplain management initiatives and regulations. The PUC attorney work also includes advising on the development, adoption, and collection of municipal utility rates, fees and charges.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California.

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least five years and ideally more of relevant experience.
  • 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 and varied workload, and adjust to occasional workload increases.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work directly with the client in a collaborative environment while maintaining appropriate professional objectivity.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Real Estate/Finance Team
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated attorney 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 finance attorneys), two paralegals, and two legal secretaries. The Team oversees the legal aspects of real estate, financial 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 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 Office of Public Finance, the Municipal Transportation Agency, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Our real estate lawyers are involved in many large, mixed-use commercial development projects in the City, as well as most affordable housing constructed in the City.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities:
The Real Estate/Finance Team seeks an experienced real estate transactional attorney. In that capacity, the attorney will perform many functions – primarily negotiating real estate contracts on behalf of various City departments, and advising our clients regarding those contracts and compliance with City requirements. Attorneys will also appear at Board of Supervisor and Commission hearings relating to contracts on which they worked.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California, with at least three years transactional real estate experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills
  • Excellent communication and legal analytical skills
  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients, with a positive attitude
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and adjust to fluctuations in workload
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • 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, Retirement Team (Disability Cases)
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 five 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.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities:
The Team’s lead attorney serves as general counsel to the Retirement Board and SFERS. Two attorneys provide investment advice and assist with investment transactions. Two attorneys manage and present disability benefit cases, and one of those attorney’s workload is divided between disability benefits cases and benefits advice.

We are seeking an attorney to represent SFERS in disability benefits cases. The primary responsibilities of the attorney would be preparing and arguing disability retirement applications in administrative hearing, and defending those administrative decisions in court, although the position may include other duties as assigned related to the Retirement Board and SFERS legal representation and advice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California.

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 or related litigation.

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

Deputy City Attorney, Retirement Team (Investment)
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking for a qualified and motivated attorney to join its Retirement Team to provide legal advice on investment matters.

The Retirement Team is a collaborative group of five 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 investment 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.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities:
The Team’s lead attorney serves as general counsel to the Retirement Board and SFERS. Two attorneys provide investment advice, including advice on investment transactions. Two attorneys manage and present disability benefit cases, and one of those attorney’s workload is divided between disability benefits cases and benefits advice. We are seeking an additional attorney to provide investment advice. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the range of duties to be assigned and are not intended as an exhaustive list.

  • Provide legal advice regarding investments in various asset classes, including public and private equity, fixed income, real assets, venture capital and absolute returns, and co-investments.
  • Review agreements related to domestic and foreign private investment funds, separately managed accounts, and co-investment vehicles (e.g., offering memoranda and other investment-related agreements such as limited partnership agreements, subscription agreements and related side letters), and provide legal advice regarding same.
  • Draft and negotiate investment management agreements, non-disclosure agreements and other investment-related agreements with service providers (e.g., custodian, investment consultants, external discretionary investment managers, and outside legal counsel).
  • Prepare or review requests for proposal or qualifications.
  • Participate in selection and oversight of outside investment counsel, including coordinating workflow, evaluating work product, and reviewing invoices.
  • Provide legal advice on relevant laws, rules and regulations that affect SFERS’s investment activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California.
  • Three or more years of experience as a transactional attorney.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of experience in investment-related matters, including private investment fund formation, representing institutional investors in private fund investments, and representing investment funds in portfolio investments.
  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to manage and appropriately balance multiple investment matters, and adjust to occasional workload increases.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team.

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

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

The Transportation Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of seven attorneys, one legal assistant, and two legal secretaries. The Team serves as General Counsel to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The SFMTA is a department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for managing all ground transportation in the City. With an annual operating budget of over $1 billion and almost 6,000 employees, the SFMTA has oversight over the Municipal Railway (Muni), the City’s public transit system, as well as bicycling, paratransit, parking, traffic, walking, and taxis. The Team also advises other City departments, including the Mayor’s Office and Board of Supervisors, on transportation-related issues. The Team works closely with other teams in the Office, including the Labor, Government, Land Use, Contracts/Construction, and Trial Teams.

Deputy City Attorney Position and Responsibilities:
Attorneys on the Transportation Team are assigned a variety of advice matters, legislative drafting, and contracting. On the advice side, we advise the SFMTA and its Board of Directors on compliance with state and local public records and meeting requirements; state and local regulatory requirements and proceedings including in front of the California Public Utilities Commission; intergovernmental cooperation agreements; fees, fares and fines; the City’s budget process; permitting and enforcing permit conditions; data privacy; and intellectual property. Attorneys on our Team also draft and analyze local, state and federal legislation on a broad array of transportation issues. And, attorneys handle a range of transactional issues, including federal, state, and local contracting for professional services, technology acquisition, transit vehicle purchases, public works, and materials procurement; US Department of Transportation and state grant requirements; and general real estate matters related to the SFMTA’s facilities including transit facilities and garages.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California.

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 and varied workload, 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.
  • Three or more years of legal experience, including experience in transportation, municipal or other government law, and contracting.

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