Deputy County Counsel - Contra Costa County, County Counsel's Office

Contra Costa County is seeking highly motivated, career-oriented attorneys, with strong academic credentials and excellent research and writing skills, to fill two Deputy County Counsel - Exempt positions in the General Law Division. This is a great opportunity to work in the beautiful Bay Area and join a collegial team of attorneys and staff committed to public service and quality of life. Attorneys selected to work in the General Law Division are expected to handle all aspects of advising and representing a public agency and its departments, boards, and commissions. They may be asked to prepare formal legal opinions, ordinances and other documents, analyze and draft contracts, prepare pleadings, serve as counsel to hearing bodies, handle civil trials, civil writ matters, and other litigation, and participate in mediations, negotiations, and administrative hearings. Attorneys applying for a position in this division should highlight their training and experience in one or more of the following areas: business transactions, including contract preparation, land use, employment law, employment litigation or general civil litigation, including civil writ matters (excluding tort litigation).

The work of the County Counsel's Office is diverse, fast paced, and high-profile, and requires the desire and ability to assume responsibility and build long-term client relationships. The ideal candidates for the positions will be articulate and energetic, with exceptional analytical skills and judgment. Successful applicants must be able to relate well to colleagues, clients, and the courts, have the ability to think strategically and creatively, and have the ability to foster collaborative work relationships among stakeholders involved in negotiations. 

In recognition of the possibility of conflict of interest, Deputy County Counsels - Exempt are required to refrain from private law practice.  Attorneys are required to furnish personal transportation and may seek mileage reimbursement for work-related travel in accordance with County policy.

The County Counsel's Office currently has a staff of 34 attorneys.  Eligible attorneys may participate in the department's Law School Loan Reimbursement Program.  The positions may be filled at any level step appropriate to qualifications and experience.  Promotional opportunities exist within the Deputy County Counsel-Exempt from Basic Level ($8,314.05-9,882.80) through Standard Level ($10,134.79-12,047.08) to Advanced Level ($12,354.26-14,685.34).  Provisions exist for up to two steps of salary increase for outstanding performance. Deputy County Counsels - Exempt, are excluded from the County Merit System and are appointed by the County Counsel.

Typical Tasks:

  • Advises and defends the County and districts and their officers and employees in civil legal matters
  • Confers with and advises County and district offices and employees on legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions, programs, and potential liability exposure
  • Attends meetings of boards and commissions, as requested
  • Prepares formal written legal opinions
  • Drafts ordinances, resolutions, regulations, and other legislative measures
  • Assists County departments in formulating policies and procedures
  • Reviews and drafts contracts, leases, conveyances, and other legal documents
  • Studies, interprets and applies laws, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of cases, opinions, and trial and appellate briefs
  • Formulates recommendations concerning the advisability of prosecuting, defending, compromising or dismissing civil litigation and administrative proceedings
  • Provides advice, assistance and review in the County's risk management program
  • Prepares pleadings and conducts condemnation, damage, and other civil actions in all State and Federal courts
  • Prepares appellate briefs
  • Assembles and evaluates evidence, conducts discovery, and secures and interviews witnesses
  • Represents the County and its officers and employees in administrative hearings and arbitrations
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with County departments and other County Counsel clients
  • Conducts proceedings involving dependent children, termination of parental rights, guardianship, conservatorship, and probate
  • Performs a wide variety of legal research
  • May be called upon to supervise, train, or assist other deputies
  • Keeps informed of current developments in the civil law
  • Prepares correspondence and reports

Minimum Qualifications

California State Bar License: Active membership in the California State Bar and admission to practice before all State courts.

Minimum Experience:  Applicants must have the following minimum experience to qualify for each position level.

Basic Level: Two (2) years of full-time (or the equivalent) experience as a practicing attorney or one (1) year of full-time (or the equivalent position level) experience as an attorney practicing law for a public agency.

Standard Level: Four (4) years of full-time (or the equivalent) experience as a practicing attorney.

Advanced Level: Five (5) years of full-time (or the equivalent) experience as a practicing attorney

Please apply HERE.