Deputy County Counsel III (#RL2053)
$62.90-$76.45 Hourly / $10,902.20-$13,251.69 Monthly / $130,826.42-$159,020.34 Yearly


Under direction, provides professional legal services for San Joaquin County, its departments and officers, and special districts in a variety of civil matters; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the experienced level class in the Deputy County Counsel series. Employees in this class exercise considerable amount of independent judgment and initiative in representing their assigned clients and may be assigned some of the most complex cases as special projects.


  • Renders legal advice to offices of San Joaquin County agencies, departments and special districts regarding a variety of civil matters.  
  • Researches and analyzes existing laws and regulations, court decisions, pending legislation and a variety of other legal material.  
  • Prepares and reviews contracts, briefs, memoranda, opinions, resolutions and pleadings; drafts legislation for special projects.  
  • Appears in court and before administrative bodies; examines and cross-examines witnesses; presents oral arguments.  
  • Attends public agency meetings as legal representative; explains legal requirements and restrictions to agency members.  
  • Confers with other attorneys and other agencies regarding legal matters.  
  • May supervise clerical staff and subordinate attorneys.


Membership in the California State Bar.

Experience:  Two years of experience in the practice of civil law.


Legal principles and their applications; legal research methods, court procedures, rules of evidence and procedures; administrative law and the conduct of proceedings before administrative bodies; and laws applicable to operation of County government and related agencies.


Analyze legal principles and precedents and to apply them to complex legal and administrative problems; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft opinions, pleadings, rulings regulations and legislation; and independently present difficult and complex cases in court and before administrative agencies.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RL2053; EST: 8/22/1979;