Deputy City Attorney II
$10,428.02- $12,804.67 Monthly
$125,136.24- $153.656.04 Annually

Deputy City Attorney III
$11,497.34- $14,117.10 Monthly
$137,968.08- $169,405.20 Annually

The Office of the City Attorney seeks a well-qualified individual for a Deputy City Attorney II or III position in the General and Complex Litigation Division of the Office of the City Attorney. Significant litigation experience including writ and appellate experience is desirable for the position of Deputy City Attorney II or III with placement depending on experience.

The City Attorney may assign the selected attorney to new, additional or different duties or practice areas in litigation, administrative proceedings or transactional work.

The City Attorney’s Office represents the City in legal matters pertaining to the City of Oakland. These matters include, but are not limited to, providing advice to clients, writ proceedings and handling litigation and appellate matters.

This position is represented by IFPTE Local 21. Incumbents may receive general supervision from a Deputy City Attorney V, Special Counsel, Chief Assistant City Attorney or the City Attorney.

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Working for the City of Oakland

  • Performs legal research, interpret and apply laws and court decisions; prepares opinions for departments, programs and activities.
  • Prepares and reviews legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents; revise of such documents as necessary to meet legal standards.
  • Investigate claims and complaints by or against the City; recommends action to be taken; prepares cases for hearing; represent the City in such hearings.
  • Acts in an advisory capacity at meetings of City Council, City boards and commissions; advises City departments on legal matters.
  • Prepare briefs for appellant courts and administrative boards.
  • Prepares forms of court pleadings and ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, options and permits.
  • Represents the City in litigation brought by or against the City; prepare cases for trial, hearings and arbitration.
  • Meets and negotiates with outside parties in matters arising out of claims, property transactions and other City business.

Any combination of experience and education that likely would provide the required knowledge and abilities will qualify an applicant for the position. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Graduate of accredited school of law.


  • DCA II  Two years of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney I in the City of Oakland.
  • DCA III  Two years of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney II in the City of Oakland.

License or Certificate / Other Requirements:

  • A member in good standing of the California State Bar.
  • Incumbents in this position are expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of assigned duties. Due to assignments and hours or work, public transportation may not be an efficient method for traveling to required locations. Selected individuals will be required to maintain a valid California Driver’s License during City employment or demonstrate the ability to travel to required locations in a timely manner.

Additional Skills that are Desirable:

  • Bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin.


Knowledge of:

  • Municipal, state and federal laws, ordinances and codes affecting City government.
  • Legal research methods.
  • Public contact and community relations.
  • Local court rules and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Interpret and apply various government codes and ordinances.
  • Conduct research on legal problems; prepare sound legal opinions.
  • Analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents.
  • Present cases in court and administrative proceedings.
  • Handle stressful or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form with City officials, representatives of outside agencies and the public.
  • Complete varied assignments within a narrow time frame.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

The City of Oakland offers an excellent salary and benefits package. The benefits package includes:

  • Public Employees Retirement Systems (PERS) retirement.
  • Dental plan and orthodontics for employee and dependents.
  • Vision plan for employee and dependents.
  • Health plan fully or partially-paid, depending on your plan choice.
  • Life insurance.
  • Management leave, vacation leave, sick leave and holidays.
  • Deferred compensation plan.
  • Professional Development Allowance.
Submit an employment application and current rsum and complete the attached supplemental questionnaire by email to:

City of Oakland, Office of the City Attorney
One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza  6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Attention: jobsoaklandcityattorney.org

This job announcement and additional employment information including the application form is available on-line at:

The office of the City Attorney conducts background checks of candidates, prior to the issuance of an unconditional letter of employment. The investigation includes screening of the applicants’ criminal case (State and Federal), civil case (State) and national sex offender history.

The City of Oakland is an Equal Opportunity / ADA employer

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