MICHAEL N. FEUER
DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY CONTRACTS / CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE GROUP WATER AND POWER DIVISION
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $113,424 - $216,978
SUMMARY: The City Attorney’s Office offers a range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex issues. The effectiveness of the City Attorney’s Office depends upon the continued recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys of varied backgrounds and skills, and offer an inclusive environment that relies on diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the people of Los Angeles. We also offer competitive benefits and working arrangements including a telework program.
POSITION: The Water and Power Legal Division of the City Attorney’s Office has an immediate opening for an attorney to represent the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (“LADWP”) in public procurement, engineering and construction-related matters.
SECTION: The Water & Power Legal Division serves as counsel to the LADWP and the Board of Water & Power Commissioners. LADWP is the largest municipally owned utility in the United States and serves approximately 1.4 million retail customers within the City of Los Angeles and the Owens Valley. As such, LADWP owns and operates electric generation and water production, transmission and distribution facilities located within and outside of California. The Contracts/Construction and Real Estate Group represents the LADWP in transactional and litigation matters related to public contracting, procurement, construction and real estate. The Water and Power Division is located at 221 North Figueroa Street, Suite 1000, Los Angeles, California 90012.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The selected attorney will be responsible for providing legal advice to the LADWP on all phases of the public procurement and construction contracting process, from bidding and negotiations through contract administration and performance and through claims and litigation. Specifically, the selected attorney’s duties will include, without limitation, the following tasks:
? Litigation before both state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and alternative dispute resolution, involving various types of bid protests, contract performance issues, such as delay, construction defects, cost overruns, design errors, regulatory compliance, and other related claims;
? Drafting, reviewing and analyzing contract documents such as bid/proposal packages and bonds;
? Enforcement of payment and performance bond provisions;
? Advising on the review and processing of construction claims and change orders;
? Advising LADWP in claims avoidance and resolution procedures, insurance, risk management, and bonding requirements;
? Defense of imposition of stop notices; and
? Advising LADWP on project management issues, including contract administration and interpretation during performance, negotiations, and documentation of disputes.
? Travel may be required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants for this position must have a license to practice law in all of the courts in the State of California. Additional requirements include: ? A minimum of 5 years of civil advisory and litigation experience is required, preferably in construction and municipal law matters. ? Excellent writing, oral communication and problem solving skills and ? Demonstrated ability to work effectively with public officials, non-attorney proprietary department employees’ personnel and members of the public, and strong oral communication skills.
WRITING SAMPLE: Candidates are required to submit one (1) writing sample personally composed by the applicant in the past two years that accurately reflects his/her/their work product. The writing sample should be either a brief, motion, report containing a legal position or legal recommendation, or written research memo.
COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT: For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf.
PROBATION: Appointment to these exempt positions (non-Civil-Service) will be subject to a two (2) year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the two (2) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.
How to apply
APPLICATION AND DEADLINE: Attorneys interested in applying should submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter specifying DCA - CONTRACTS/CONSTRUCTION LAW - LADWP (YOUR CALIFORNIA BAR NUMBER) #3197 in ONE (1) merged pdf file via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position will remain open until position is filled.
A selected pool of applicants will be invited to interview with the Office.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: This position is designated Category 22 on Schedule B of the Conflict of Interest Code.
If employment is said to be exempt, it is meant that the employment is exempted from the civil service provisions of the City Charter. In order to receive a regular civil service appointment, employees must have successfully participated in a civil service examination, received a high enough score on the examination to be placed on and receive an appointment from an eligible list, and they must serve a probationary period. Exempt employees do not compete in a civil service examination, they are not placed on an eligible list and receive an appointment from that list, nor do they serve a probationary period. As a result, exempt employees do not have what is referred to as a “property interest” in their job. Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority and can be terminated at any time without cause. Employees with a property interest in their job, i.e. civil service employees, cannot be deprived of their employment(discharged or suspended) without due process.
General Information About Exempt Employment
Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority, and as such, they may be discharged, suspended or otherwise disciplined without cause. Exempt employees have no property interest in their employment, and any procedural benefit or other prerogative extended to them by their appointing authority is not intended to create and does not create any such property interest. No officer or employee of the City may make to any other officer or employee any representation of a property interest in employment which does not correspond to Charter provisions unless the City Council, by ordinance, permits such representation. No unauthorized representation can serve as the basis of an employee's reliance on, or expectation of, a property interest.
Employees Seeking To Become Civil Service Employees
There is no protective leave for an exempt employee appointed to a civil service position. Upon receiving a civil service appointment and passing probation, the former exempt employee will be subject to the Civil Service provisions described in Article X of the City Charter. Upon appointment, the civil service employee will begin to accrue displacement and layoff seniority on the first day of his/her civil service appointment and may file for promotional examinations for which s/he qualifies. A full or half-time exempt employee appointed to a full or half-time civil service position continues to: contribute to the Retirement System; accrue vacation time; accrue sick time; receive anniversary date salary increases; and, receive health and dental benefits identical to those received in the civil service position.
For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf .
Closing Date/Time: 12/8/22
Los Angeles, California