Chief Deputy County Counsel – County of San Diego -23221811U

$230,000 - $240,000 yearly
  • County of San Digo
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Nov 16, 2023
Full time Government Legal Management Professional Services

Job Description

Chief Deputy County Counsel – County of San Diego

The County of San Diego is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, and team-oriented leader to fill an immediate opening for a Chief Deputy County Counsel. This is an outstanding and exciting career opportunity in a dynamic environment for a highly motivated individual with significant employment law experience. Under direction of the County Counsel and Assistant County Counsel, this management position will provide legal services to the Board of Supervisors, County officers, departments, Board committees, and other staff primarily in the area of employment law. 

Click here to view the detailed brochure for information regarding the position, duties, and benefits.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide assistance to the County Counsel with special high-profile employment and personnel related projects and assignments
  • Supervise a team of attorneys and other professional staff assigned to handle employment law
  • Provide responsive, high quality legal advice concerning HIPAA and other County employee privacy issues
  • Identify and analyze legal risks
  • Oversee workplace personnel investigations
  • Assist with employee hiring, training, retention, and discipline issues
  • Assist in the preparation and monitoring of internal and external legal budgets to ensure cost effective delivery of services
  • Draft legal briefs. opinions, and reports
  • Identify operational problems and formulate appropriate solutions
  • Stay current on legal developments relevant to the County’s business and affairs


The ideal candidate will possess a professional history that demonstrates the following leadership competencies and attributes:

  • At least ten years experience practicing law
  • At least three years experience in a supervisory position at a public law office or a private law firm representing public entity clients is highly desirable
  • Experience litigating and evaluating employment law cases; and identifying, analyzing and mitigating risk
  • Experience advising elected officials and executive level managers regarding employment law and personnel related issues
  • Experience preparing reports and presentations for elected officials and executive level managers of a local government or large organization
  • Proven track record of building and establishing a successful and cohesive team
  • Exhibits the highest ethical standards, has a great enthusiasm for the law and enjoys training and mentoring others Responsibilities include the following:



The Office of County Counsel is a full-service law office, tasked with handling the County's civil law needs, including proactive participation in all phases of governmental decision-making and a very active and successful trial litigation program. The Office of County Counsel is responsible for representing 48 different County departments and a staff of over 18,000 employees. The Office provides advisory and litigation support to the Board of Supervisors, County departments, County officers, boards, and commissions. The Office also represents the County in juvenile dependency matters and administers public liability claims.

County Counsel is mandated to defend all civil actions against the County, its officers, boards, commissions, and employees, and to provide other civil legal services to the Board of Supervisors, County officers, departments, boards, commissions and special districts. Services to special districts, including litigation, are provided on a fee basis. Through its Claims Division, the department administers public liability claims, County claims against third parties, and employees' lost property claims. County Counsel also represents the Health and Human Services Agency in juvenile dependency matters. The Office of County Counsel is located on San Diego harbor in the County Administration Center situated in the middle of the Waterfront Park.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Active membership and in good standing with the State Bar of California AND five (5) five years of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the classification which must include two (2) years of management or supervision. 

How to apply:  

Cover letters and resumes are required.  You may complete an online application at the following website:;  select the current job postings link, job number 23221811U.