First Year Litigation/Public Law Associate

Boutique law firm specializing in California municipal and local government law seeks an attorney with 0-2 years of experience to fill a litigation position. Practice would focus on local government revenue and taxation litigation as well as land use litigation, with additional advisory work on other local government law issues.

Prior experience is not necessary – we are willing to train otherwise qualified applicants. However, a demonstrated interest in local government revenue and taxation and/or land use is preferred, as the position offers the opportunity to work on cutting-edge legal issues in the field, generally in the context of complex, high-value litigation (including class actions). The position also would involve advisory work, representing cities and special districts on traditional municipal law matters such as the Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflicts of interest, CEQA, and land use. Applicants must have strong research and writing skills, the ability to approach legal questions creatively and critically, and the capacity to proactively manage multiple projects at the same time. The ideal candidate will be inquisitive, detail-oriented, and a good listener. The candidate should have strong public speaking skills and professional judgment, because the role will grow into a client-facing position.

Our firm is located in downtown Oakland, near BART and other public transportation. We maintain a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, but require a high level of professionalism. Compensation is competitive and based on experience, but more flexible than typical attorney-compensation schemes. Attorneys have a billing target of 1,500 hours per year, plus a guaranteed bonus for each hour billed above the target. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, three current references, and at least one writing sample that demonstrates objective legal analysis (for example, a memo analyzing a particular legal issue) or persuasive legal advocacy (such as a brief). Although not necessary, applicants who have both objective and persuasive writing samples are encouraged to submit one of each.

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