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Government and Government Relations Attorney in Huntington Beach, CA

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Company name

City of Huntington Beach

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Government and Government Relations

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


USA Huntington Beach, CA

Date Last Verified

Apr 24,2018

Posted on

Apr 12,2018

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Senior Deputy City Attorney Duties: The candidate provides in-house legal services to the City; assists the City Attorney in providing legal advice and representation to City government, its officials, and employees; represents the City in litigation both as a plaintiff and defendant in civil litigation; drafts various contracts, ordinances, and resolutions; and provides responsible and complex administrative support to the assigned Assistant City Attorney or City Attorney. Performs the full range of litigation work; responsible for litigation, trials, damage or other civil suits in State and federal courts, including appellate work and the representation of the City's Police Department and its officers in Pitchess motions; represents management in hearings involving City employee disciplinary matters; handles all aspects of assigned cases/claims including investigation, pleading preparation, discovery, law and motion, court appearances, settlement negotiations, legal research, witness preparation, and trials for tort defense, writ actions, appellate work, civil rights actions, administrative actions and employee grievances. Performs the full range of advisory work; explains City policies and issues to employees, elected officials and the general public; performs legal research and provides legal opinions to departments, boards, commissions, agencies and established committees; and attends meetings with City staff and/or members of the public on behalf of the City and serves as legal advisor during meetings of public bodies, including the City Council, Personnel Commission and Planning Commission. Both assignments perform to prevent and minimize legal exposure by providing legal advice to City officers and employees; make decisions concerning the advisability to prosecute, compromise or dismiss civil citations or criminal violations; participate in supervising other attorneys, support staff and interns; provide work assignments and direction; review and evaluate work product; participate in evaluating performance of assigned staff; participate in selecting outside counsel to represent the City; as assigned, supervise outside counsel; attend and participate in professional groups and committees; respond to citizen inquiries regarding all types of legal issues including those concerning City business; and, perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Qualification and Experience

Qualification: The candidate should have Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctorate degree. Must have 5+ years of trial or advisory experience. State and Federal jury trial experience is desired for the trial counsel position. Must have active membership in the State Bar of California. Due to the performance of field duties which require operation of a City vehicle, possession of a valid California Driver's License and an acceptable driving record may be required.Must have knowledge of: Legal principles and practices of municipal law; civil, constitutional, and administrative law; methods of legal research; tort law and liability litigation; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; ordinances, statutes and court decisions relating to municipal corporations; pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations. Trial counsel also requires knowledge of statutes and court decisions relating to civil rights and public labor law is essential.

Deadline: 3 May, 2018.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
City of Huntington Beach
City of Huntington Beach
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648