The Seattle City Attorney’s Office seeks an attorney with substantial experience in employment law and litigation to join ten other Assistant City Attorneys, four paralegals, and three legal assistants in the Employment Section. Our attorneys play a critical role in addressing legal issues arising from Seattle’s diverse workforce of over 10,000 employees in a variety of City departments. Employment Section attorneys are generalists in the field of labor and employment, and handle all aspects of litigation in state court, federal court, and administrative forums.
Day-to-day work in the Employment Section is dynamic and fast-paced. Attorneys are responsible for all aspects of the litigation, including setting strategy, discovery, preparing and arguing motions, overseeing mediation and settlement, and taking cases to trial and through any appeal. We take a collaborative, team-oriented approach to litigation and advice work essential for building effective teams and relationships with City Departments and their leadership. Employment attorneys implement the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative in all aspects of their work.
In addition to this opportunity to join a team that is dedicated to public service, the City Attorney’s Office offers a generous benefit program which includes paid leave benefits, paid parental and family leave, low cost health benefits, and the opportunity to participate in a defined benefit retirement program.
- Litigation: Defense of the City of Seattle in labor and employment matters before federal court, state court, and administrative agencies.
- Advice: Legal counsel to City policy makers, departmental leadership, and human resources professionals, and labor negotiators.
- Race and Social Justice: Collaborative work with clients to bring about social change and workforce equity, guided by RSJI and anti-racist principles.
To be successful in this role, you will need to be an independent employment attorney with significant litigation abilities.
- Expertise in employment law including traditional labor law and workers compensation
- Ability to first-chair complex litigation and appeals
- Skill in providing sophisticated, nuanced employment and legal advice to executives, managers, and elected officials
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently with a wide variety of matters simultaneously
- Experience in applying policies and practices related to equity
This position requires membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association, or ability to obtain membership within four months upon offer. Additional Information
Please Note: The Civil Division of the City Attorney's Office uses objective criteria to set attorney salaries based on years of experience. [For example, in 2020 a salary for 1 year or less experience would be $93,379 and a salary for 30 years or more experience would be $149,212]. For additional information about our pay structure, please contact CAO HR at LAW_HR@seattle.gov. Salaries are not subject to negotiation.
Our office is abiding by public health guidelines and maximizing telework arrangements for our employees except for necessary essential in-person work through January 8, 2021. The selected candidate will work with their direct supervisor on alternatives to meet workload requirements while considering public health guidelines during this time frame.
For your application to be accepted, you must:
For questions regarding the Seattle City Attorney's Office, this position, or the application process, please contact Bridget Lamp, HR Specialist, at 206-684-8228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have trouble uploading required attachments, please reach out prior to the closing date and time.
Location/Region: Seattle, WA