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Deputy City Attorney V - General & Complex Litigation Division (Defense)

Oakland, CA
Full Time
Job #: 19-EM136-12 Exp.: 1 - 10 Years Salary: $164,424 - $201,864 Yearly
The City Attorney's Office seeks a well-qualified, highly motivated attorney to serve as Deputy City Attorney V (DCA V) and supervise attorneys in the General and Complex Litigation Division (Defense).

The ideal candidate will have substantial and significant litigation experience and expertise. Experience in supervising attorneys, handling general administrative matters, and managing outside counsel also is desirable.

Under general direction, provide complex professional legal services for City Departments, the City Council, boards, commissions and City sponsored programs and activities; prepare cases for trial, hearings and administrative proceedings; draft and review legislation and documents; prepare legal opinions which require the application of specialized expertise; supervise specific projects which require the highest levels of experience, specialization and professional expertise; may supervise assigned staff in the provision of legal services; and perform related duties as assigned.

Deputy City Attorney V is the advanced and highest level classification in the Deputy City Attorney series. This position is exempted from Civil Service by the Civil Service Board pursuant to the Oakland Charter 902(f). Incumbents perform a variety of highly complex professional legal duties involving civil municipal law issues including management of practice areas and case management. Additional duties may include the training and supervision of staff assigned to perform the above mentioned duties. Incumbents are expected to independently use the highest level of professional judgment and skill in the performance of assignments. This classification handles the most complex cases and differs from Deputy City Attorney IV in that the Deputy City Attorney IV level may include supervisory responsibility for staff and/or specific projects. This is an unclassified position in which incumbents serve at the will of the City Attorney. The incumbent receives supervision from an Assistant City Attorney.

May receive direction from City Attorney and exercises general supervision over Deputy City Attorneys I, II, III and IV.

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Examples of Duties
  • Assign, supervise and perform legal research, interpret and apply laws and court decisions; prepare opinions for departments, programs and activities.
  • Prepare, review and oversee the preparation of legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents; revise such documents as necessary to meet legal standards.
  • Oversee the investigation of claims and complaints by or against the City; review recommended action to be taken; prepare cases for hearings; represent the City in such hearings.
  • Act in an advisory capacity at meetings of City Council, City boards and commissions; advise assigned staff on legal matters for City departments.
  • Represent the City in litigation brought by or against the City; prepare cases for trial, hearings and arbitration.
  • Supervise and manage cases, trials, hearings and projects handled by assigned staff.
  • Prepare and review briefs for appellant courts and administrative boards.
  • Prepare forms of court pleading and ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, options and permits.
  • Meet and negotiate with outside parties in matters arising out of labor contracts, employment claims, property transactions and other City business.
  • May act as the City Attorney or the Assistant City Attorney in his/her absence.
  • Develop materials and provide staff training on relevant legal issues.

Minimum Requirements for Application
Graduation from an accredited School of Law.

One year of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney IV in the City of Oakland.
- or -
Ten years of professional experience in relevant areas of law.

License or Certificate/Other Requirements:
  • A member in good standing of the California State Bar.
  • Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License throughout the tenure of employment OR demonstrate the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as required in the performance of duties.

Desirable Skills:
  • Language skills, especially in Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin.
  • Experience in management of attorneys/legal teams is desirable.
  • Candidates should possess excellent knowledge of federal and state court procedures, including local rules. Excellent writing and oral argument skills are highly desirable.

Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of:
  • Municipal, state and federal laws, ordinances and codes affecting City government.
  • Municipal, state and federal employment and labor laws.
  • Legal research methods; local court rules and procedures.
  • Principles of supervision and training.
  • Public contact and community relations.

Ability to:
  • Interpret and apply various government codes and ordinances.
  • Conduct research on legal problems.
  • Prepare sound legal opinions.
  • Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents.
  • Present cases in court and administrative proceedings.
  • Provide professional leadership, guidance, and technical expertise to assigned staff.
  • Handle stressful or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form with City officials, representatives of outside agencies and the public.
  • Complete varied assignments within a narrow time frame.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

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