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Office of the City Attorney

Office: 503-823-4047

Fax: 503-823-3089

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 430, Portland, OR 97204

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Attorney Openings

seeks talented attorneys for three positions of:


Complex Litigation/Trial Attorney

Portland City Attorney’s Office seeks attorney with minimum ten years’ experience to represent the City in complex litigation in state and federal courts.  Successful candidate will have exceptional written and oral-advocacy communication skills, and ability to handle complex cases involving constitutional challenges to City ordinances and actions, civil rights claims, writs of review/mandamus, contract disputes, regulatory and preemption issues, and other matters.  Experience with constitutional law, government law, and employment litigation a plus.  Salary $95,888 - $143,811 (plus excellent benefits).


Litigation/Trial Attorney

Portland City Attorney’s Office seeks attorney with minimum seven years’ experience to defend the City in torts matters in state and federal courts.  Attorney will be responsible for all phases of litigation, including drafting pleadings, motions and briefs; conducting all aspects of discovery; court appearances; settlement negotiations; and trial work.  The position requires excellent written and oral-advocacy communication skills, proficiency in time management, the ability to manage a challenging caseload, and the flexibility to work both independently and as a team member.  Must have significant state and federal trial experience.  Salary $95,888 - $129,917 (plus excellent benefits). 


Construction/Real Estate Attorney

Portland City Attorney’s Office seeks construction and real estate attorney with minimum seven years’ experience in contract drafting and negotiation, claims handling, dispute resolution, and property management.  Experience in real-estate finance, public-agency procurement processes, and landlord-tenant law strongly preferred.  Experience in complex construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) and design-build contracts also desired.  Successful candidate will draft and negotiate contracts for complex development projects; advise on Oregon real property and landlord-tenant law; and advise on lender liability, regulatory compliance liens, creditor’s rights and remedies, and other issues.  Salary $95,888 - $129,917 (plus excellent benefits). 


Opening Date:    4/24/2017

Closing Date:     5/15/2017 (5:00 PM PDT)


To Qualify:

Your cover letter should state, in sufficient detail, which position you are applying for and examples that demonstrate your experience. Those examples should be able to be linked to the information provided in your résumé.


Applicants must also possess:

  • A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Oregon State Bar Membership, in good standing


Cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to public service and equity are highly valued.

Diverse candidates actively sought and strongly encouraged to apply


It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or source of income.  The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.  If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made in writing in your cover letter.


If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration Letter.  You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation.


Submit application materials by mail, hand delivery or email to:

Kim Sneath, Office Administrator

City Attorney’s Office

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 430

Portland OR 97204
(503) 823-3085

City of Portland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer