• Riverside, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: Depends on Qualifications USD

Job Description

The Position

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of Deputy City Attorney to fill one (1) vacancy in the Litigation Division with the City Attorney's Office. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

The City of Riverside is a Charter city. The City Attorney's Office is a fast-paced and exciting environment where attorneys provide comprehensive legal services to the agency and often deal with novel legal issues. Dedication to public service, a strong work ethic, solid analytical skills, creativity, flexibility, judgment, and strong emotional intelligence are essential. The successful candidate will be perceptive, confident and a team-player who is willing to learn new areas. We encourage experienced trial attorneys from a variety of backgrounds to apply. As an agency and as an office, we are committed to recognizing the value that each member of the team brings based on their unique perspective and experiences. We are a full service law firm, that represents all departments of the City, including City Clerk, City Manager, Police, Fire, four (4) enterprise funds (electric, water, refuse and sewer), Public Works, Airport, General Services, Library, Museum, Community and Economic Development (including real property, housing and homeless issues), Parks and Recreation, Information Technology, and the City Council and the City's 19 Boards and Commissions.

The City Attorney's Office has several options to provide employees with some flexibility to promote work-life balance. Upon completion of probation, employees are allowed to telecommute up to two (2) days per week. In addition, the City Attorney's Office offers a 9/80 work schedule in which employees can work nine (9) hour days in order to have alternating Fridays off. The City Attorney's Office also allows employees to select their work schedule start time in 15 minute intervals between 7:00am to 9:30am.

This position will be for a trial attorney in the Litigation Team of the City Attorney's Office to primarily defend the City of Riverside in lawsuits that involve: police liability such as alleged excessive force and alleged unlawful arrests, alleged dangerous conditions of public property, wrongful deaths, traffic collisions involving City employees working within the course and scope of their employment, breach of contract, civil rights cases, and employment disputes such as alleged wrongful terminations, harassment and discrimination. In addition to trying cases, the trial attorney will be responsible for all pretrial phases of litigation, including depositions and discovery, retaining experts, law and motion, presentations to City Council in closed session regarding pending litigation, and mediation. Experience handling workers' compensation and/or subrogation would also be helpful, but not required.

Deputy City Attorneys under general direction provide a wide range of professional legal services related to municipal government operations; conduct legal research, prepare opinions, memoranda, administrative rules and regulations and other legal documents; advise City Council, City departments, boards and commissions; represent the City in a variety of litigation that involves administrative hearings, trial and appellate work; provide staff assistance to the City Attorney; and perform related duties as assigned.

Senior Deputy City Attorneys may be assigned supervisory responsibility over administrative/clerical staff and provide direction, training and guidance to less experienced attorneys.

Appointment may be made at the level of Deputy City Attorney II or Senior Deputy City Attorney based on the level commensurate with the education and experience.

Deputy City Attorney II: $108,828.00 - $145,836.00 annually

The Deputy City Attorney II is a journey level in the Deputy City Attorney series. Incumbents receive occasional instruction or assistance and is fully knowledgeable of operating procedures and policies of the work unit. A Deputy City Attorney II is assigned general and specialized legal work on a variety of topics and functions as a full and experienced practitioner.

Senior Deputy City Attorney: $125,580.00 - $168,300.00 annually

The Senior Deputy City Attorney is an advanced journey level in the Deputy City Attorney series. An incumbent is distinguished from the Deputy City Attorney II by the amount of experience attained in the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities. In addition to requiring only occasional instruction and assistance the incumbent is assigned the most complex legal work on a wide variety of topics and functions as a highly experienced practitioner. The incumbent may be assigned to provide general direction and assistance to attorneys at the Deputy City Attorney I and II levels.


1) Completed Employment Application
2) Supplemental Questionnaire
3) Cover Letter that highlights why you are the ideal candidate
4) Resume
5) Three (3) Professional References
6) A Recent Legal Writing Sample or Deposition/Trial Transcript

Work Performed

Typical duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Represent the City in civil litigation and prepare cases for trial.
  • Try cases on behalf of the City and City employees acting within the course and scope of their employment.
  • Perform legal research and prepare written and oral opinions on various legal problems for the City Council, City departments and various boards and commissions.
  • Confer with, and render assistance to department heads in establishing departmental policies by applying legal point and procedures; recommend changes to policies and procedures in order to meet legal requirements.
  • Prepare, draft and review ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents, agreements and instruments; offer opinions as to legal acceptability when presented to the City for consideration by an outside agent or agency.
  • Investigate claims and complaints against the City and take or recommend appropriate action.
  • Assist in or prepare cases for hearings, trials and other judicial proceedings; represent the City in such proceedings; prosecute misdemeanor violations of City ordinances.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints.
  • Review and approve certificates of insurance, off-site improvement agreements, grant deeds and various other documents.
  • May represent the City Attorney at various City Council, board and commission meetings and in court as needed.
  • May cross-train other staff in the performance of specific duties.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Recruitment Guidelines:

Education: Juris Doctorate Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Experience: A minimum offive years of experience in municipal or government law, or equivalent practice.

Highly Desired Qualification:
  • Trial experience.
  • Federal court experience is a plus
  • Five (5) plus years of civil litigation experience
Necessary Special Requirement
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid class 'C' California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Active membership in the State Bar of California.

Selection Process


1) Completed Employment Application
2) Supplemental Questionnaire
3) Cover Letter that highlights why you are the ideal candidate
4) Resume
5) Three (3) Professional References
6) A Recent Legal Writing Sample or Deposition/Trial Transcript

If you are selected to move forward in the assessment process, you may be required to self-schedule your appointment. You will be notified via email of your status and provided with self-scheduling instructions. Please check your email regularly following the closing date of this recruitment.

The selection process will begin with an employment application package screening, with the best qualified candidates being invited to participate further in the assessment process. This process may include any combination of written, performance, and oral assessments to evaluate job-related education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Those who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the eligibility list for this classification.

It is the responsibility of candidates with a disability requiring accommodation in the assessment process to contact the Human Resources Department in writing to request such accommodation prior to the closing date of this recruitment.

Appointment may be subject to the successful completion of a pre-employment background investigation, drug screen, and/or medical/physical examination.

NOTE: The City reserves the right to modify selection devices and test instruments in accordance with accepted legal, ethical, and professional standards. Candidates may reapply when there is a posting to establish an eligibility list.

Proof of education listed in your application will be requested at the time of conditional offer. Acceptable documentation consists of transcripts or degree, if applicable, by the accredited U.S. college or university.

Education obtained outside the United States (US) require one of the following options:

A. An equivalency statement from an evaluation company certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at or the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. (AICE) at .

B. An advanced-level degree from an accredited US college or university.

All applicants will be notified via e-mail or telephone of their application status and the assessment dates/times/locations after the closing date of this announcement.


Job Address

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