Deputy City Attorney

  • City of Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Legal Services Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: 140,400 USD
  • Salary Top: 198.494
  • Apply By: Aug 08, 2022

Job Description

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

As a condition of employment, all newly-hired or re-hired employees must be fully vaccinated and must report their vaccination status to the City of Berkeley before their first day of employment. The City may condition an offer of employment upon proof of full vaccination and the candidate’s satisfaction of the City’s vaccine reporting requirement or upon the employee’s notification that they require a reasonable accommodation that prevents them from becoming fully vaccinated based upon medical necessity or religious belief and the City’s confirmation that it can accommodate the candidate without undue hardship to the City. 

The City of Berkeley is currently seeking well-qualified candidates with a strong commitment to public service to join our legal team as a Deputy City Attorney II or Deputy City Attorney III.
The Berkeley City Attorney's Office is a fast-paced and exciting environment where Deputy City Attorneys provide comprehensive legal services to the City and often deal with novel legal issues. Dedication to public service, a strong work ethic, exceptional analytical skills, creativity, flexibility, judgment, and a sense of humor are essential.  The City is currently seeking candidates for Deputy City Attorney positions and the following qualifications are highly desired:

  • Litigation experience in state and federal court, including writs.
  • Experience managing and litigating cases at all stages of litigation, including pleadings, motion practice, discovery, and trial.
  • Experience in land use, including litigation.
  • Transactional experience in negotiating contracts, leases, development agreements, and affordable housing issues.
  • Experience in labor and employment law, including advising clients regarding human resources issues and employment litigation.

Priority will be given to applicants with experience handling land use and CEQA; real estate law, labor and employment; public works and contracting.

Attorneys applying for these positions may be hired at the Deputy City Attorney II or Deputy City III level, depending on skills, experience, and qualifications.

Typical duties of a Deputy City Attorney include the following:

  • represents the City in court cases encompassing a wide variety of subject matters, including all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate work
  • confers and advises certain City departments concerning their respective duties, powers, functions and obligations
  • researches legal problems and prepares opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, permits and other legal documents
  • represents the City in administrative hearings before City boards and commissions, and state and federal agencies
  • assists other attorneys in all phases of legal work on more complex litigation
  • attends meetings of the City Council, boards, and commissions as requested by the City Attorney

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

Equivalent to graduation from a college or university with an appropriate law degree.


Deputy City Attorney II: Two years of experience as an attorney engaged in the practice of civil law, preferably in a municipal setting.
Deputy City Attorney III: Four years of experience as an attorney engaged in the practice of civil law, preferably in a municipal setting.

Other Requirements
Must be a current member of the California State Bar Association. Must be willing to attend evening meetings. Specified positions may require possession of a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. 

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