Deputy City Attorney – Public Rights Branch



Salary Range

DCA II: $115,696 – $169,148

DCA III: $151,442 – $221,390

About Us

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office is one of the nation’s largest municipal law offices. With over 1,000 legal professionals, including 500 attorneys, the Office provides the City with the highest caliber of legal services, ranging from prosecuting criminal misdemeanors and playing a leading role in criminal justice reform, advising on homelessness initiatives, defending civil lawsuits and claims, and bringing civil enforcement actions in the name of the People of the State of California.

Guided by an overarching commitment to integrity, accountability and transparency, we find great meaning in the work we do and the services we provide.

The Public Rights Branch pursues civil enforcement maters, including complex, high impact maters, focused on a variety of areas including unfair business and housing practices, wage theft, environmental, consumer protection, nuisance abatement and cannabis regulation. The Branch uses a variety of statutory authorities, including the Unfair Competition Law, the False Advertising Law, the Public Nuisance Law and various Health & Safety regulations. The Branch also pursues False Claims Act claims on behalf of the City.

The Public Rights Branch has an immediate opening for one experienced attorney. For current City Attorney employees this will be a lateral transfer. Applicants for this job announcement may be considered for future DCA vacancies as they occur.

Duties and Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of PRB attorneys selected for this position will be prosecuting civil law enforcement actions.


• Licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California;

• Minimum three (3) years substantive civil litigation and trial experience, including experience drafting and filing civil complaints, pursuing material evidence through civil discovery, litigating

cutting edge legal issues, engaging in multi-party settlement negotiations, and trying complex cases;

• Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills;

• Strong analytical and strategic skills;

• Experience taking and defending depositions and drafting and arguing dispositive motions; and

• Strong desire to serve the public interest.

The following qualifications are highly desirable:

• Experience litigating cases brought pursuant to Business & Professions Code Section 17200 et seq.;

• Experience litigating nuisance abatement maters;

• Experience litigating document intensive maters that require the use of eDiscovery platforms such as Relativity;

• Experience and ability working with governmental agencies, elected officials, public officials, and individual citizens;

• Interest in and ability to identify issues that can be addressed through affirmative litigation; and

• Experience working with local, state and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and consumer and other advocacy groups.

Writing Sample

Candidates are required to submit two writing samples that they personally have authored in the last two years.

Benefits Offered

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Tax-Advantage Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Plan (LACERS)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457(b))
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off
  • 13 Yearly Holidays
  • Vacation
  • Personal Leave
  • Floating Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave


This position may qualify for up to 3 days of telework per week after a probationary period.

Current Location

City Hall East, 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles. Position is subject to assignment at any location within the County of Los Angeles.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID -19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: htps://


Appointment to this exempt position (non Civil-Service) will be subject to a two (2) year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the two (2) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.

Application and Deadline

Attorneys interested in applying should submit their cover letter, resume, and writing samples in ONE (1) MERGED PDF FILE specifying #3375 – DCA – PUBLIC RIGHTS, via email to

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.

Conflict of Interest

This position is designated as Category 1 on the Conflict of Interest Code.


Questions? Please email

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