• Apr 27, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description

The County of San Diego has a current opening for the position of Senior Deputy County Counsel – Employment Litigation in the Office of County Counsel.
The Office of County Counsel is a full-service law office, tasked with handling the County's employment law needs, including proactive participation in all phases of government decision making and a very active and successful trial litigation program.


“The County Counsel’s Office generally supports remote teleworking and a teleworking schedule with a mix of in-office and remote work may be available in this position.”

This position represents the County in Civil Service hearings and state and federal court. The ideal candidate is an analytical thinker, able to accurately articulate the critical issues in a case. Additionally, the ideal candidate has excellent legal research and writing skills, courtroom presence, and the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with other attorneys and support staff.
We are seeking an experienced employment litigator with an understanding of the structure of federal, state and county governments, knowledge of general principles of employment law arising in context of a civil service system, discrimination law, whistleblower laws and all the aforementioned statutes.  The ability to analyze the interplay between these statutes is a plus.  Litigation experience is essential, preferably related to employment cases.

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Qualified applicants must possess at least three (3) years of professional post-bar civil legal experience as an attorney and be a member in good standing with the California State Bar. Please provide your CA Bar number or attach a copy of your California Bar Card to your application.

Note: Previous experience must have included serving as an attorney handling civil law matters and/or cases in a public or private sector law office.
1) Please attach a copy of your resume to your application.
2) Please attach a substantive legal writing sample of no more than five (5) pages to your application. If more than five (5) are submitted, only the first five (5) pages will be read.
A valid California Class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.
Must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Misdemeanor and/or felony convictions may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and recency. Prior to appointment, candidates will be subject to a background investigation.


As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position.


Qualified applicants will be placed on a six (6) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment application and supplemental application questionnaire. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis. 

The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. Click here for more information on our Strategic Plan ( as well as our commitment to serve everyone, to build a Framework for the Future that will create a County that works for all. 


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