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Company: City of Huntington Beach
Location: Huntington Beach
Posted on: May 29, 2023

Job Description:

DESCRIPTIONIn Huntington Beach, we believe passionately that the key to becoming the best beach City in the world starts and ends with finding the right people to join our team. At this time, we have an outstanding career opportunity available, as we're looking for the "right person" to serve as Senior Deputy City Attorney in our LITIGATION DIVISION. The Ideal Candidate has been practicing law in California for at least 5 years, with civil trial experience, either in prosecuting or defending lawsuits. The Ideal Candidate also has VERY STRONG legal research and writing experience, with experience researching and writing Writs, researching and writing Appeals, and preparing written discovery, dispositive motions, and preparing trial documents and briefs. Having represented other government or public agencies at trial is a significant plus and experience with State laws involving housing, planning and zoning, and State environmental laws is desirable. A Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, active membership in the State Bar of California, is required.City Attorney's OfficeThe Office of the City Attorney represents the City in all aspects of legal representation. In addition to handling all lawsuits in-house, and prosecuting crimes at the local level, the City Attorney's Office advises the City Council and all City officials in all matters of law pertaining to the business of the City of Huntington Beach. Among other things, generally the City Attorney defends the City in every lawsuit, including Writs and Appeals, prepares and/or reviews all City Ordinances, Resolutions, contracts and other legal documents. The City Attorney also prosecutes criminal cases arising from violation of the provisions of the City Charter or Huntington Beach Municipal Code, and such State misdemeanors as the City has the power to prosecute. The PositionUnder general direction from the City Attorney and Chief Assistant City Attorney, the Senior Deputy City Attorney is assigned to the Litigation Division of the City Attorney's Office. This position may be required to provide direction and assistance to less experienced attorneys at the Deputy City Attorney levels and will be assigned to handle high-exposure litigation principally in areas of, among others, Writs, Appeals, land use, State housing and environmental laws, personnel, police defense, personal injury and other tort defense, inverse condemnation, and public works. Regarding day-to-day function, this positions receives minimal instruction or assistance and the employee will be required to be fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the City. Please note: This recruitment may close at any time, and will close when the hiring manager determines that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIESSenior Deputy City Attorney (Litigation) Position

  • Performs the full range of litigation work;
  • Responsible for Writs, Appeals, civil litigation, trials, damage or other civil suits in State and federal courts, including advanced appellate work and the representation of the City's Police Department and its officers in Pitchess Motions, as directed by the City Attorney or the Chief Assistant City Attorney;
  • Occasionally represents management in hearings involving City employee disciplinary matters, as directed by the City Attorney or the Chief Assistant City Attorney;
  • Handles all aspects of assigned cases or claims including investigation, pleading preparation, discovery, law and motion, court appearances, settlement negotiations, legal research, witness preparation, and trials for tort defense, writ actions, Pitchess motions, appellate work, civil rights actions, code enforcement, nuisance abatement, administrative actions and employee grievances, as directed by the City Attorney or the Chief Assistant City Attorney;Please click here to review the full job description.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctorate degree. Experience: Five (5) years' experience as a practicing trial attorney within a municipal law office, or a private firm that has contracted with a public agency for legal services. State and Federal jury trial experience is desirable.License/Certifications: Possession of a valid California Class C driver license and an acceptable driving record are required by time of appointment and throughout employment. Current member in good standing with the California State Bar Association.SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONAPPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
    • Application Review - Please attach to your online application 1. a cover letter, 2. an updated resume, and 3. a writing sample consisting of a dispositive motion, a brief on a writ or a brief on an appeal.
    • Examination(s) - A virtual oral exam (weighted 100%) will be scheduled when a sufficient number of qualified applications has been received.
    • Selection Interview
    • Background Investigation
    • Appointment

Keywords: City of Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach , SENIOR DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY (Litigation), Legal , Huntington Beach, California

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