Oakland City Attorney

Oakland City Attorney

Oakland City Attorney

Oakland City Attorney


Working for the Oakland City Attorney

The Oakland City Attorney’s Office is a dynamic, innovative and award-winning municipal law practice working to protect and advance the rights and interests of Oakland residents.

All applicants must complete the City of Oakland Employment Application & Background Check forms, in addition to responding to specific requirements listed in each job announcement (typically a cover letter and a resume.) Follow the specific instructions listed in each job description.

If you have any questions about applying for a job with the Office of the City Attorney, contact info@oaklandcityattorney.org.

Celebrating and Recognizing the Power and Benefits of Diversity

The Oakland City Attorney’s Office continues to be one of the most diverse legal teams in our country. We are proud of and value our diversity in all arenas, including but not limited to age, gender, race, sexual orientation and disability status. Diversity improves and informs our advice and legal counsel and enhances the public services we provide to the residents of one of the most diverse cities in America by providing a broad range of points of view, perspectives, insight and strategies.

Current Job Opportunities


Affirmative Litigation, Innovation and Enforcement Division

The Office of the City Attorney seeks a highly qualified, innovative, and community-oriented attorney who is interested in public services for the position of Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney.  The NLC attorney position is in the Litigation Division of the City Attorney’s Office.  NLC attorneys focus on combating blight, human trafficking, public safety, tenant protection, and other important community concerns and quality of life issues by performing litigation, policy work, and other actions. The position is responsible for representing the City in state and federal courts and will provide significant litigation-related experience.

 While the NLC represents the City of Oakland, it works in collaboration with residents, neighborhood and merchant groups, and other public agencies.

 This is a 2-year at-will position.



Affirmative Litigation, Innovation and Enforcement Division

The Office of the City Attorney (“OCA”) seeks a well-qualified individual, as described below, for a Deputy City Attorney (“DCA”) II or III position in the Affirmative Litigation, Innovation and Enforcement Division.  The position is available in the Housing Justice Initiative Unit of the Office of the City Attorney. Litigation experience is required for this position. 

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in affirmative litigation, such as civil rights, consumer, workers’ rights, environmental justice, housing justice, tenant protection and/or racial justice cases. Desirable knowledge and experience include a background in: litigation, including complex civil cases in state and/or federal court, writs, and appeals; policy wok, including drafting proposed local legislation; community engagement, including working in coalition with nonprofits and community groups; and administrative procedure, including administrative remedies and rule-making.  The DCA will work with other litigators and with advice and labor and employment attorneys in the Office. 


Bridge Fellows Fellow Program – 2023-2024

The Oakland City Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications from recent law school graduates for Bridge Fellow positions. The Oakland City Attorney’s Office provides legal representation and advice to the City’s agencies, departments, Mayor, City Administrator, City Council, and City boards and commissions. The Office also defends the City in litigation, files actions on the City’s behalf and handles writ petitions and appeals. Bridge Fellows will be assigned to work on litigation, advisory and transactional matters of City-wide importance, based on their interests and experience, and the Office’s needs.