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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

Deputy City Attorney, Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team
The Office’s Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team seeks a qualified and highly-motivated California-licensed attorney for a full-time position as a Deputy City Attorney.

The Complex 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 Team uses the unique powers vested in our office by California’s Unfair Competition Law to bring affirmative litigation on behalf of the People of the State of California to remedy unlawful, fraudulent, and unfair business practices throughout the state. The Complex Team also brings lawsuits on behalf of the People of the State of California to remedy public nuisances.

Responsibilities: Attorneys on the Complex Team are assigned 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. DCAs handle 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly, work both collaboratively and independently, and think deeply and thoroughly about novel substantive and procedural legal issues;
  • Work effectively and efficiently within often ambitious internal deadlines, being able to adjust to last minute assignments and workload increases with agility;
  • 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;
  • Work effectively with paralegals, legal assistants, and 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; 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.

Deputy City Attorney, Energy Team
The Office’s Energy and Telecommunications Team (Energy Team) seeks a qualified and motivated California-licensed attorney for a full-time position that handles energy and technology/telecommunications matters.

The Energy Team advises City departments and officials on energy and telecommunications legal matters. On energy matters, the team works closely with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission which operates two retail electricity businesses: Hetch Hetchy Power (HHP) and CleanPowerSF (CPSF). HHP is a municipal utility that provides electric service to City agencies and related entities. CPSF is a community choice program that purchases clean energy for SF businesses and residents who want to participate. On telecommunications and technology matters, the team advises the City’s Department of Technology on contract negotiation and drafting, cyber-security policy, telecommunications law and policy. The 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Advise on requirements for operating HHP and CPSF, including those related to rates, environmental and regulatory compliance, wildfire mitigation, and other safety measures.
  • Monitor and advise on stakeholder processes and requirements established by the California Independent Operator. Negotiate and draft power purchase agreements and service agreements with PG&E and others.
  • Represent HHP and CPSF before regulatory agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and in related court actions.
  • Advise City Departments responding to cybersecurity incidents.
  • Draft service level agreements for cloud services procured by the Department of Technology on behalf of City Departments.
  • Review and recommend best practices and compliance guidelines for data management in accordance with municipal, state and federal privacy laws.
  • Monitor and represent the City in Federal Communications Commission proceedings and related court actions.

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
  • An interest in and commitment to public service
  • Understanding of government operations and regulations
  • Substantive knowledge of laws governing the energy and telecommunications fields

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 Office’s Real Estate/Finance Team seeks a qualified and motivated California-licensed attorney for a full-time position as a transactional real estate attorney.

The Real Estate and Finance Team oversees the legal aspects of real estate, financial and other business transactions for the City. The Real Estate group works 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 group represents the City on various bond and debt transactions, funding all of the capital required to build, operate and maintain City functions and services, including offices, parks, jails, museums, convention facilities and affordable housing. The team also works closely with many City departments. 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.

The Real Estate/Finance Team is searching for 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, including the PUC, and advising our clients regarding those contracts and compliance with City requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills
  • Excellent communication and legal analytical skills
  • Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and efficiently
  • Minimum 3 years working as a real estate transaction attorney
  • 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
  • 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.

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