The Tort and Condemnation Section of the California Attorney General's Office represents the state, its agencies, and employees in in both state and federal courts. The Section seeks experienced litigation and appellate attorneys to litigate and try cases regarding government tort liability, civil rights, personal injury, medical malpractice, dangerous condition of public property, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, mass flood, and fire actions.

Duties include:
  • Handling all aspects of civil litigation, in both state and federal trial and appellate courts
  • Working under time constraints
  • Complying with client and department guidelines
  • Abiding by ethical and professional standards

Travel is required.

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey:

Minimum Requirements:
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents
Job Application Package Checklist

Department Information:
These positions are located in the Division of Civil Law, Tort & Condemnation Section and may be filled in Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles or San Diego. Please clearly indicate which city you would prefer to work in your cover letter.

The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control: every Friday. Applications will be reviewed according to the date of submission. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.

Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus letter, if that is the basis of their eligibility.

For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General's website at

If you would like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements:
  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • May be required to travel to remote locations within the State, sometimes with little notice.
  • Individuals who are new to State service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General.Process is described at:
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-364188) and the title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your STD 678 State Application.
  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:

Application Instructions:
Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply:
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How to Apply:
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages
You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:
Department of Justice
Attn: Heather Nguyen (JC-364188)
1300 I Street Suite 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Department of Justice
Heather Nguyen (JC-364188)
1300 I Street Suite 720
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Cover letter
  • Other - Writing sample consisting of a dispostive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief preferably written within the last year.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications:
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Excellent analytical, research, oral advocacy, and writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to handle difficult and complex civil litigation
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to complex issues affecting multiple cases
  • Experience with pre-trial discovery, including taking and defending percipient and expert witness depositions
  • Experience drafting and arguing pre-trial motions, including demurrers, motions to dismiss, and motions for summary judgment
  • Experience evaluating and identifying appropriate expert witnesses
  • Ability to work with multiple diverse client departments and agencies in order to achieve client objectives which may arise during litigation in a timely and sensitive manner
  • Experience in tort and personal injury defense or construction litigation is desirable
  • Jury trial experience

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Human Resources Contact:
Heather Nguyen
(916) 210-6444

Hiring Unit Contact:
Elizabeth Angres
(213) 269-6517

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Application Filing Information
Please note, if using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date. If you are mailing your application, as a courtesy we ask that you contact the HR Consultant listed to confirm your application has been received. This is not required, but highly encouraged so we can ensure the timely submission of your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.