Description:

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Under the direction and supervision of the City Attorney/Legal & Risk Management Director, provides a wide range of professional legal services, assistance and advice to the City Council, the City Manager, all City departments and various boards, committees and commissions; represents the City before the courts of the United States, the courts of California and administrative agencies; enforces the laws and policies of the City of Corona through the courts and the administrative citation process; monitors the work of subordinate attorneys and staff as designated; and performs related work as assigned.

The City Attorney’s Office is expected to handle the vast majority of general counsel matters in-house. Accordingly, the Deputy City Attorney II (Litigation) is expected to be an experienced and accomplished municipal lawyer who is capable of handling numerous complex matters with a moderate amount of additional more senior attorney instruction, oversight and assistance. Moreover, all employees within the Legal & Risk Management Department are expected to be able to function independently and without the assistance of clerical, secretarial or other administrative staff.

Distinguishing Characteristics
  • The Deputy City Attorney II (Litigation) is supervised and directed by the Assistant City Attorney/Assistant Legal & Risk Management Director and the Chief Deputy City Attorney and exercises technical and functional supervision over subordinate attorneys and staff as designated, though direct supervision and management of all attorneys and staff is the responsibility of the City Attorney/Legal & Risk Management Director.
  • This is the mid-level journey in the Deputy City Attorney series (Deputy City Attorney I below and Senior Deputy City Attorney and Chief Deputy City Attorney above). An incumbent is distinguished from the Deputy City Attorney I by the amount of experience attained in the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities. In addition to requiring only a moderate amount of instruction and assistance, the incumbent is assigned moderately complex legal work on a wide variety of topics, and functions as a moderately experienced practitioner.
  • Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of the law, public policy, municipal functions and activities, including the role of an elected City Council, and the ability to participate in the development and implementation of policies, projects and programs in a variety of areas.
  • Litigation Responsibilities. Litigation responsibilities include: conducting legal research; preparing complaints, answers, motions and other litigation documentation; working on discovery issues; preparing for and participating in depositions; representing the City in a variety of litigation and administrative hearings; providing assistance and advice to the City Council, the City Manager, all City departments and various boards, committees and commissions; providing staff assistance to the City Attorney; and performing related duties as assigned.
  • General Counsel Advisory Responsibilities. Although litigation related work is the primary focus of the Deputy City Attorney II (Litigation), the incumbent is also expected to assist with the general counsel activities of the department, including: conducting legal research; preparing opinions, memoranda, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, administrative rules and regulations and other municipal legal documents; and providing assistance and advice to the City Council, the City Manager, all City departments and various boards, committees and commissions.

Supervision Received And Exercised
Receives general direction from Assistant City Attorney/Assistant Legal & Risk Management Director and chief Deputy City Attorney. Provides direction to Senior Paralegal/Claims Manager, Paralegal and Interns.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

Litigation/Adjudicative Action Duties
  • Assist with handling litigation matters filed by or against the City.
  • Assist with investigating and strategizing litigated matters by and against the City.
  • Perform moderately complex legal research and prepare written and oral legal briefs and arguments regarding various municipal legal issues.
  • Represent the City before the courts of the United States, the courts of California and administrative agencies.
  • Prosecute violators of City laws and policies through criminal and civil courts and, in coordination with other departments, through the administrative citation process.
  • Assist in coordinating the work of outside legal counsel and consultants.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Advisory Duties
  • Assist with providing legal advice to the City Council, the City Manager, all City departments and various boards, committees and commissions.
  • Perform moderately complex legal research and prepare written and oral advice on various legal issues for the City Council, the City Manager, all City departments and various boards, committees and commissions.
  • Prepare, review and draft ordinances, resolutions, motions, agreements and contracts to be entered into by the City.
  • Assist with reviewing exceptions to model agreements/contracts to be made or entered into by the City and approve the form of such instruments.
  • Represent the Legal & Risk Management Department at various City Council and board, committee and commission meetings and render legal advice on agenda items as directed.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Qualifications Guidelines
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:
  • City Attorney’s Office
  • Complex civil litigation and civil trial practice in state and federal courts;
  • Legal principles and practices, including civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law and procedure;
  • Judicial procedures and rules of evidence;
  • Modern and highly complex principles and practices of municipal law;
  • Ordinances, statutes, and court decisions relating to municipal corporations;
  • Established precedent and sources of legal reference applicable to municipal activities.
  • Methods of legal research and public agency administration;

General
  • Organization, duties, powers, limitations, and authority of City government and the Legal & Risk Management Department;
  • Public agency budget development, contract administration, City-wide administrative practices, and general principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area;
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures, and operational needs; principles and practices of municipal government administration;
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work;
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation;
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations;
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff;
  • Municipal administrative policies and procedures;
  • Municipal financial and budgetary principles, practices and operations; and
  • Required computer applications.

Ability to:
  • Maintain effective working relations with City officials and the public;
  • Research, analyze and apply legal principles;
  • Present logically and clearly statements of law and fact;
  • Organize, interpret, and apply legal principles and knowledge of complex legal problems; effectively apply legal knowledge and principles in court;
  • Present statements of law, fact and argument clearly and logically;
  • Prepare and present difficult cases in court;
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Conduct research on complex legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions;
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies; and
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

A combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
Mandated three years of experience in the practice of law, with two of such years to be in a municipal law office or similar private law firm experience; provided, however, that the preferred candidate is expected to have at least five years of civil litigation experience, with a portion of those years spent obtaining municipal civil litigation and trial experience.

Education/Training:
Equivalent to a Jurist Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.

License/Certificate:
Membership in the State Bar of California and possession of a license to practice law in the federal and state courts. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment.

Additional Requirements:
Prior to employment, the prospective candidate must successfully complete a thorough background review, including being fingerprinted by the Corona Police Department.

Disaster Service Worker:
In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Corona Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

Physical/Mental Demands And Work Environment
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands or arms. The position occasionally stands and walks and lifts and carries records and documents weighing less than 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands
While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to use oral and written communication skills; read and interpret complex data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new skills or information; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under changing and intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with City managers, employees, vendors and other encountered in the course of work.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee works under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet. The position occasionally attends off-site meetings and conferences and incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.