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

The Government Litigation Team is a collaborative and dynamic group of attorneys, paralegals, and 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/or 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.

Attorneys on the Team typically handle their own cases, although a minority of cases require Team members to work collaboratively with other attorneys on the Team or across the Office.

Deputy City Attorneys handle all aspects of their cases, including litigation strategy, discovery and document review, motion practice, settlement evaluation and negotiation, trial and appeal.  Many of the Team’s cases involve motions for preliminary injunction or other interim relief.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to research, understand and effectively communicate complex issues of constitutional law
  • 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 vigorously defend complex defensive matters in both state and federal courts

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

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

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.

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.

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
  • Ideally, three or more years of labor or employment litigation experience, including trial experience

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