Recruitment #1906-0619-001


The Tucson City Attorney's Office is seeking an experienced litigation attorney to represent the City in the defense of tort and civil rights litigation.  Applicants must have experience in litigation, preferably in civil jury trials and appeals. 



NEW ORAL BOARD DATE: Week of 8/26/19

General Description

Serves as litigator for the City in all State and Federal Courts. Identifies, analyzes and discusses legal issues associated with projects. Establishes and acts as liaison with departments, the City Manager and the Mayor and Council to integrate legal support into policies, and to provide legal advice and assistance. Maintains familiarity with civil procedures in city, state, and federal courts.  Attends various hearings and trials as needed, and argues relevant issues and case law both orally and through written pleadings and memoranda.  Represents the City throughout all states of litigation.

Essential Functions

Identifies and analyzes legal issues associated with projects and programs of City wide importance by attending meetings with City executive staff, discussing issues and law with peers and supervisors, and presenting issues and analysis to supervisors for review and guidance.

Practices and litigates actions involving the City of Tucson in diverse general and specialized areas of law such as, employment,  civil rights, and tort defense, with emphasis on federal and state law.

Confers with City officials and personnel to identify, analyze and discuss legal issues associated with projects and operations by attending meetings, clarifying time frames, identifying potential legal issues, identifying court options, and providing guidance on approaches to limit City of Tucson exposure to liability.

Establishes and maintains liaison with departments to integrate legal support into policies by attending meetings, communicating with department supervisors as projects progress, responding to questions, identifying and resolving additional legal issues and providing support to the project.

Addresses and resolves the viability of legal alternatives to projects.

Represents the City and its personnel in courts and with administrative review bodies by evaluating and assessing legal theories, determining alternatives to persuade the courts and arguing or supervising the argument on behalf of the City.


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Juris Doctorate

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years civil and/or criminal litigation

Arizona State Bar License

Member of the Arizona State Bar Association

Special Job Requirements

As part of this recruitment process, interested applicants must

1) include resume detailing relevant education and experience (maximum 2 pages)

2) upload a cover letter expressing interest in this position (maximum 2 pages)

3) upload a legible copy of your Arizona Bar License

4) email a legal writing sample composed within the last 3 years (maximum 10 pages).  Said document must be submitted with the subject line: City of Tucson Attorney's Office before the closing date of this recruitment to

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications, the ideal candidate will have

  • experience supervising support staff and/or attorneys
  • over five years of experience in civil litigation to include civil jury trials and appeals
  • experience in the area of personal injury law

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.   

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held the week of August 26, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within th next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the Oral Board interviews.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email Erin Gallego at  at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.