San Bernardino – Litigation Attorney I*

Closing on: Jul 31, 2024
Company Intro
San Bernardino County is located in the heart of Southern California, home to over 2 million residents, encompassing 20,160 square miles from the Nevada State line and the Colorado River to the LA County line. This gives San Bernardino County a diverse climate and geography, from mountains as high as 11,502 feet, to the desert as low as 181 feet, and beautiful valleys in between. Pristine lakes and rivers, snow-capped mountain resorts, flowering deserts, and many other family-oriented recreational attractions take advantage of the natural assets of the area, most within an hour’s drive. Families enjoy affordable housing, excellent schools, colleges and universities, and easy access to airports, hospitals, libraries, and parks. The County provides a safe, clean and healthy environment for residents. A variety of shopping and business opportunities abound, in this, the largest County in the contiguous United States.
Job Description/Duties
Come join a team that serves and protects San Bernardino County, its treasury, and its governing body, by providing timely and accurate legal services and aggressively representing the County in litigation.


Newly hired employees from this recruitment may be eligible to receive bonus payments up to $3,000!*

*See Exempt Employee Compensation Ordinance for details (see page 78-81.


3% Annual Across the Board Salary Increases in February 25/26 (Salary Increases contingent upon assessed values for previous fiscal year.)

Bi-annual step increases of 2.5% up to Top Step


Attorneys may have the opportunity to work a flexible schedule after six months of employment, which may include a 9/80 schedule and/or partial remote work option.


San Bernardino County Counsel employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For more details/application information, click here.

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received. The Office of the County Counsel is recruiting for Litigation Attorney I. Litigation Attorneys meet with and advise County Departments regarding litigation; draft pleadings, discovery, and motions; determine case strategy and represent the County in trials, depositions, mediations, and hearings. The resulting eligibility list may be used to fill vacancies as they occur.

*Official Title: Deputy County Counsel I. For more detailed information, refer to the Deputy County Counsel I job description.


Promotion: This is the entry-level classification in the Deputy County Counsel series. Incumbents work under close attorney supervision and must be promoted to Deputy County Counsel II ($105,996 – $140,753 annually) upon satisfactory completion of a probationary period and up to 2080 service hours or be terminated. Incumbents advance to Deputy Counsel II, III, or IV in accordance with criteria established in the Exempt Compensation Ordinance (see page 81-82). Deputy County Counsel IV positions may earn up to $210,537 Annually.
Job Criteria
License: Must possess active membership and be in good standing with the State Bar of California. (Members in good standing of California State Bar who have been assigned a license number but have inactive membership status, as well as candidates licensed out of state pending California Bar Exam results/license, are welcome to apply. Active California Bar license will be required prior to hire.)

Selection Process:

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the information provided in the Application and the Supplemental Questionnaire. You are encouraged to include detailed descriptions of your qualifying experience and skills, as only the most highly qualified applicants will be referred to the Department.

Application Procedure: Applications will be accepted until further notice.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as this recruitment may close at any time.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaires.

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Salary Range/Hourly Rate
$85,987.20 – $113,651.20 Annually
Other Benefits and Perks
The County of San Bernardino offers a range of benefit programs for employees and their eligible dependents. These include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a variety of voluntary benefits. Programs and benefit amounts vary and are based on bargaining unit, family size, hire date, plan selection, and number of hours worked.

For a summary of benefits refer to the appropriate MOU, contact the County’s Employee Benefits and Services Division at (909) 387-5787 or visit the Benefits website for more detailed information at
Job Category: Legal
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: San Bernardino