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City of Long Beach DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY I-II in Long Beach, California


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$115,053.59 - $178,475.52 Annually


City of Long Beach, CA

Job Type

Unclassified - Full-Time, Permanent

Remote Employment


Job Number



Law (UC)



Opening Date


Closing Date

7/26/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Long Beach City Attorney seeks to employ a full-time trial attorney to work in the Litigation division. A minimum of two years’ experience practicing civil litigation is required; 4-8 years’ experience, and a background in complex personal injury/wrongful death, are preferred. The successful candidate will immediately assume an active litigation caseload and must be comfortable and confident appearing in court. Responsibilities include representing the City of Long Beach and City employees at trial, and handling all aspects of pre-trial preparation.


This is an "at-will" position. The appointed candidate will serve at the discretion of the City Attorney, and can be released at any time. In such an event, the candidate is not afforded the right to any appeal or grievance procedure under any rule or regulation of the City of Long Beach.


  • Appear for City and City employees at trials and hearings in both state and federal courts.

  • Prepare trial documents.

  • Draft and argue various motions, including discovery motions,liminemotions, and dispositive motions.

  • Take and defend depositions, including expert witness depositions.

  • Propound, and respond to, discovery.

  • Analyze case file and make detailed liability and damages assessments.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.


  • The City offers an attractive benefits package that includes the following:

  • Retirement - City offers CalPERS with a benefit of 2.5% @ 55 for Classic members or 2% at 62 for new members as defined by PEPRA, subject to the limitations set by PERS. Employee pays the employee portion. The City also participates in Social Security.

  • Vacation - Twelve (12) days after one year of service; 15 days after 4½ years of service; 20 days after 19½ years of service. Use of vacation days after 6 months of service.

  • Executive Leave - Forty (40) hours per year.

  • Sick Leave - Ninety-six (96) hours or twelve (12) days per year, with unlimited accrual; conversion upon retirement to cash credit toward health and/or dental insurance premiums, or to pension credits.

  • Paid Parental Leave - After six (6) months of City employment, up to 30 calendar days (160 hours) of PPL, taken in full- day increments, in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child, up to the age of seventeen (17). Holidays - Eleven (11) designated holidays per year plus four (4) personal holidays to be used at the employee’s discretion.

  • Health Insurance - Two medical plans are available: HMO or PPO. The City pays major portion of the premium for employee and dependents depending on the health/dental plan selected.

  • Dental Insurance - Two dental plans are available for employees and dependents: HMO or PPO.

  • Vision - Comprehensive exams covered every 12 months with discounts on exams and on glasses/ contacts.

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - Optional election for employees to reduce taxable income for payment of allowable childcare or medical expenses.

  • Life Insurance - City-paid term life insurance policy.

  • Disability - City-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance.

  • Management Physical - Annual City-paid physical examination.

  • Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan - City contributes $250 a month to a supplementary retirement savings program available through Mission Square.

  • Bereavement Leave -Five paid bereavement leave (BL) days per eligible family member death or critical illness (where death appears imminent), with a maximum of three occurrences in a calendar year (up to fifteen maximum paid days).

  • Monthly Transportation Allowance.

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness - May be eligible.

  • Alternate Work Schedule - 9/80 (Alternate Fridays off).

  • Hybrid Work Program - Combination of in-office and telecommuting.


  • Graduation from law school accredited by the ABA or the California Committee of Bar Examiners.

  • A member of the California State Bar in good standing with no prior history of discipline.

  • Two years of legal experience working as an attorney.

  • A valid California Class C driver's license.



  • Current and detailed knowledge of civil litigation, including California civil procedure and evidence.

  • Strong legal writing and research ability, including using Westlaw.

  • Clear and concise communication.

  • Skill in prioritizing tasks, executing to meet strict deadlines, and maintaining organized files.

  • Comfort working independently and with minimal supervision.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365, especially Outlook and Word.

  • A team-first attitude.

  • Civil and courteous interaction with all people.

  • Professional appearance and demeanor.

This recruitment will close on Friday, July 26, 2024. To be considered, applicants must submit a complete application packet which includes an online application, supplemental questionnaire, proof of degree(s), and a cover letter and resume in PDF format. The application, cover letter and resume should highlight all areas in which applicants have developed expertise, matching their professional experience as it relates to the position.

Incomplete application packets that clearly do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered. The most qualified applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process.

The City of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value and encourage diversity in our workforce. The City of Long Beach is committed to creating a workplace where every employee is valued for who they are. Having our workforce reflect the diversity of our community at various levels of the organization is a continuous goal embraced by our departments, management staff, and policymakers. To support efforts of fairness and diversity, City Leadership is committed to incorporating equity and inclusion into our work by supporting staff and community partners. We are committed to promoting transparency by publishing updated demographic information for employees, including workforce diversity data and pay by race and gender.

The City of Long Beach will consider qualified applicants with a criminal history pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act. You are not required to disclose your criminal history or participate in a background check until you receive a conditional job offer. If the City of Long Beach has concerns about a conviction that is directly related to the job after making a conditional job offer and conducting a background check, you will have the opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the conviction, provide evidence to mitigate concerns, or challenge the accuracy of the background report. Find out more about the Fair Chance Act by visiting

This information is available in an alternative format by request at (562) 570-2200. If special accommodation is desired, please contact the Office of the City Attorney two (2) business days prior to the interview(s) at (562) 570-2200.

An Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have questions about this recruitment, please email For technical support with application, contact (855) 524-5627.

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You are required to submit a resume and cover letter for this position. It must be submitted as attachments at the time of filing. Failure to submit required documents at the time of filing will result in the application being considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Did you attach your resume and cover letter?

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    Do you possess a Juris Doctor degree* from a law school accredited by the ABA or California Committee of Bar Examiners? *Proof required. You must attach a copy of your diploma or transcripts to this application.

  • Yes

  • No


    Are you a member of the California State Bar in good standing with no prior history of discipline?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you possess a valid California Class C driver's license?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have a minimum of three (2) years' experience working as a civil litigation attorney?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have civil litigation experience? If so, how many years and describe your experience.


    I understand that if I am offered employment, I will be required to successfully complete a Department of Justice LiveScan fingerprint background check, and a reference check, as well as submitting to an Oath of Allegiance.

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City of Long Beach


Law (UC)


411 W. Ocean Blvd., 9th Fl

Long Beach, California, 90802


(562) 570-2200



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