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 (“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. 



Real Estate, Housing, and Economic Development

The City Attorney’s Office seeks a seasoned real estate and community development attorney with significant expertise in affordable housing development and finance, development and/or transactional aspects of general real estate, and secured finance work to fill the position of Supervising Deputy City Attorney V. Expertise in land use, redevelopment, economic development, municipal law, and environmental law is a plus.

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.