See NOTES below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities. 

The San Diego City Attorney’s Office protects the people of San Diego by serving as chief legal counsel to the City of San Diego’s elected officials and operational departments; prosecuting and defending civil cases involving the City; and as the City’s prosecutor on behalf of the People of the State of California, by holding accountable those who commit crimes against the public health and safety and violate other local and state laws. Our municipal law firm employs over 175 lawyers and approximately 220 support staff, dedicated to providing legal services to the City of San Diego.

The Civil Litigation Division of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office is seeking applications for a Deputy City Attorney for its Workers’ Compensation Unit. The Workers’ Compensation Unit works closely with the Risk Management Department to provide legal advice on a wide range of issues, from interpretation of legislative changes to operational decisions regarding benefits and medical care.  In addition to its advisory role, the unit handles all aspects of litigation at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, including trials, hearings, liens, death benefits, motions, and appeals.

NOTES: The City of San Diego and Deputy City Attorney Association (DCAA) are in continuous negotiations of the future Memorandum of Understanding. Job bulletins will be updated with anticipated future wage increases for Deputy City Attorneys as information becomes available.


Deputies in the Workers’ Compensation Unit routinely:

  • Advise workers’ compensation claims adjusters in the Risk Management Department.
  • Handle all aspects of litigation at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
  • Write pleadings, trial briefs, appeals, and advisory communications.
  • Analyze and evaluate medical reports.
  • Depose doctors on complex medical issues.
  • Handle appeals to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and Fourth District Court of Appeal.
  • Work with employment law advisory attorneys on ADA/accommodation issues.
  • Perform other work as assigned.


Applicants are required to:

• Be licensed to practice law and an active member in good standing in all courts in the State of California.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • At least 2 years of workers’ compensation experience, and strong research, writing, and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to explain complex legal issues in simple terms.

Attorneys in this position must be able to travel to locations outside the office for court hearings, depositions, or meetings; therefore, possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and personal vehicle or other means to travel are required.


Work-life balance is important to us! The City Attorney’s Office generally supports remote teleworking, and the position may allow for a hybrid schedule with a mix of in-office and remote work after the introductory and probationary period. Please refer to the Office’s teleworking policy. 

Compensation and Benefits:

The successful candidate’s annual salary is based on the Deputy City Attorney salary table and dependent on qualifications and level of relevant legal experience. For further salary information, refer to the Deputy City Attorney Salary Table (Download PDF reader).

In addition to a competitive salary, the City of San Diego offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan which offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option;
  • $50,000 in City-paid life insurance;
  • Paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through 15th year of service;
  • Retirement – San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS) defined benefits plans;
  • Voluntary Defined Contribution Plans;
  • Retiree Medical Trust Plan;
  • Holidays – Ten (10) paid holidays are provided annually and one (1) Floating Holiday in a fiscal year.

Other Miscellaneous Benefits:

  • City Awarded Discretionary Leave;
  • Parental Leave – Up to 4 weeks of paid leave;
  • Jury Duty – Paid time off to serve as a juror in Court;
  • Bereavement Leave – Up to 40 hours of paid leave each fiscal year;
  • Tuition Reimbursement up to $2,000 for the cost of professional tuition and equipment purchases per each fiscal year;
  • Employee Assistance Program

To learn more about all the employee benefits, please review the Benefits Summary for DCAA Employees (Download PDF reader). Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.

For further information, please contact the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-6600. Retirement benefits for this unclassified position depend on the candidate’s eligible status (new hire, rehire, etc.).
Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reference checks.
  • Proof of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States.
  • Fingerprint checks: fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report.
  • Medical evaluation: A City medical examination including drug/alcohol screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion.
  • Certain positions may require additional screening processes that may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation.

All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

How to Apply: The San Diego City Attorney’s Office accepts online applications. To apply, select the position title of the job opportunity and click the “Apply” link. If you need assistance, please refer to our online employment application guide:

To be considered for this position, applicants will need to submit the following by the closing date:

  • San Diego City Attorney employment application, including supplemental questions;
  • Cover letter and resume;
  • A writing sample (or excerpt; no more than 5 pages) that demonstrates their legal writing skills and reflects their own original work product.

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to a departmental interview for future vacancies. If a job has an extended deadline, applications will be considered during the extension period; however, a job may be filled before the extended date is reached. This interview process may be used to fill additional future vacancies.

Individuals must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. If you have any questions or concerns related to the recruitment process and the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may contact (619) 533-5811. The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.

Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: The Office is strongly committed to Diversity & Inclusion. The Office is led by the first woman and first Latina in City history elected to the position. It is vitally important to us that as public servants; we represent the community that we serve. To that end, the Office strongly encourages applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply. To ensure our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, the Office has a Chief Diversity Officer, an active Committee for Diversity & Inclusion, and Racial Equity Task Force.

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