San Jose


San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$171,989 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113


The San José City Attorney’s Office is looking for senior level trial attorneys with substantial civil experience in state and federal court, excellent interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.

Job Description
The City’s litigation portfolio includes a broad range of substantive legal issues arising under both state and federal law. As Sr. Deputy litigator, under supervision of a Chief Deputy, you will have primary responsibility for all aspects of assigned cases, including pleading, litigation strategy, client communication and coordination, discovery and document review, motion practice, settlement evaluation and negotiation, and trial. The City’s varied and novel legal issues require excellent research, analytical, and writing skills as well as the ability to vigorously defend complex matters.


Minimum Qualifications
• Licensed to practice law in California.
• Ten years civil litigation and jury trial experience.

Per the City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all employees starting on or after February 11, 2022, to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination means that employees are required to be “up-to-date” with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued on December 28, 2021, "up-to-date" means that an employee is not only "fully vaccinated," but has also obtained any booster doses of a COVID-19 vaccination for which they are eligible, within 15 days of first becoming eligible.

Ideal Candidate

Minimum Qualifications
• Licensed to practice law in California.
• Ten years civil litigation and jury trial experience


The current salary for this position is up to $238,288.96 per year. This amount includes an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidates’ qualifications and experience. The City's comprehensive benefits package is available for this position.

Special Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Nora Frimann, City Attorney, 200 East Santa Clara Street, 16th Floor Tower, San Jose, CA 95113, or e-mail to Application review is ongoing, and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.