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Deputy City Attorney Position – Land Use Litigation Unit

The Land Use Litigation Unit in the Civil Litigation Division of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office is seeking applications from seasoned litigation attorneys with land use experience. Ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of litigation experience in municipal law, with an emphasis on real property, land use, and environmental issues, and strong research, writing, and advocacy skills. Duties include preparing and defending civil actions on behalf of the City in state and federal court, including challenges based on the California Environmental Quality Act, eminent domain, constitutional issues related to the use of land, real estate development, failure to comply with the Municipal Code or City procedures, and land use-related decisions by the City Council or City staff. Qualified candidates should be experienced in document review and analysis for lengthy cases; managing a variety of expert witnesses, including engineers, economists, and appraisers; and must work collaboratively with other attorneys and City personnel. This position reports directly to the Chief Deputy City Attorney.

Successful applicants must pass background and reference checks. Employment is contingent upon the completion of the above-mentioned process.

To be considered for the position, please submit a cover letter, brief writing sample, and current resume by email to: Gina Coburn, Director, Employee Relations, [email protected], no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018. Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. This interview process may be used to fill future vacancies.

The recruitment process for deputy city attorney positions involves submission of written documents, interview(s), and, in certain cases, demonstration of specific writing and oral presentation skills. If you have any questions or concerns related to the recruitment process and the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may contact (619) 533-6181. The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.


Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Standard office setting. Work is performed indoors in offices and in meeting rooms.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment.

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