Litigation Counsel I (#RL2071)
$35.33-$42.96 Hourly / $6,123.87-$7,446.40 Monthly / $73,486.40-$89,356.80 Yearly


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


This is the entry-level class in the Litigation Counsel series. Employees in this class exercise 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 litigation issues.
  • Researches and analyzes existing laws and regulations, court decisions, pending legislation and a variety of other legal material.
  • Prepares and reviews documents, briefs, memoranda, opinions, pleadings.
  • Appears in court and before administrative bodies; examines and cross-examines witnesses; presents oral arguments.
  • Confers with other attorneys and other agencies regarding litigation matters.
  • May supervise clerical staff.

    Membership in the California State Bar.


    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.

    CLASS: RL2071; EST: 3/11/1987; REV: ;