Deputy City Attorney, Civil Liability Division

Santa Monica, CA
Full Time
Practice Areas: Litigation Job #: 0010 Exp.: 5+ Years
The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office (SMCAO) strives to provide the highest level of legal representation to the City of Santa Monica and the People of the State of California. Our office has been recognized as the outstanding public law office of the year by the American Bar Association, and our lawyers have been honored with the California Lawyer of the Year Award.

Join the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office
The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office is currently seeking exceptional candidates for the following attorney positions:
  • Deputy City Attorney, Civil Liability Division
  • Deputy City Attorney, Municipal Division
  • City Hearing Officer I/II (As-Needed)
We also accept applications for law student externships on an ongoing basis. This page offers details and application requirements.

Deputy City Attorney, Civil Liability Division
  • The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office seeks an attorney with at least five years of litigation experience to serve as a Deputy City Attorney in its Civil Liability Division.
  • The Civil Liability Division defends the City in federal and state civil actions brought against it for damages. Such actions include, but are not limited to, personal injury cases; Section 1983 civil rights cases; and employment cases alleging discrimination, retaliation, harassment or unpaid wages. The Civil Liability Division also works with the Risk Management Division to mitigate risk across the City, to oversee litigation or resolution of workers' compensation claims, and to recover workers' compensation expenditures from third parties in subrogation litigation.
  • The successful applicant will have a combination of required and preferred qualifications, including high ethical standards and effective litigation skills.

Required qualifications:
  • Sound judgment and high ethical standards;
  • Strong communication, advocacy, and research skills;
  • Minimum of five years of litigation experience;
  • Ability to work collegially with colleagues and clients; and
  • License to practice law in the State of California and familiarity with California Code of Civil Procedure.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience advising public entities;
  • Trial and appellate experience in state and federal court;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the public interest; and
  • Familiarity with government tort claims, tort law, employment law, and/or police liability.

Closing Date: 28th March, 2019
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