San Bernardino – Litigation Attorney II/III/IV*

About The Company
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 (page 78-81).


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 County Counsel’s Office is recruiting for a Litigation Attorney. These positions provide legal advice, assistance and representation in civil legal matters to the County and its departments. The assignment may include representation in a variety of areas including: civil rights; torts; personal injury; public entity liability; employment law; eminent domain; environmental/land use; workers’ compensation; and administrative law proceedings. Duties include: meeting with and advising County Departments regarding litigation; drafting pleadings, discovery, and motions; determining case strategy and representing the County in trials, depositions, mediations, and hearings; drafting ordinances; preparing contracts; drafting, analyzing and interpreting legislation; researching and writing legal opinions; and advising boards, departments, special districts, school districts and commissions.
Note: The current vacancy is to provide legal services to County Departments with an emphasis on civil litigation in state and federal court; employment; dangerous conditions of public property; personal injury; public entity/employee immunities; police practices; civil rights; defense of civil lawsuits including discovery; motion preparation; mediation; arbitration; trials and appeals. The position also includes advising on litigation questions and issues and presentation of some matters to the Board of Supervisors.

The resulting eligibility list may be used to fill additional vacancies in the County Counsel’s Office as they occur.

*Official Title: Deputy County Counsel II/III/IV

Initial Appointment

Applications are being accepted for the II, III, and IV levels – please click on job title below to review job description and salary for each level listed. Your application will be reviewed for the appropriate level of placement. Job offers for the initial appointment may be made at any level based on qualifications and department needs. Candidates advance within the series in accordance with criteria established in the Exempt Compensation Ordinance (see page 81-82).

3% Annual Across the Board Salary Increases on February 25/26

(Salary increases contingent upon Property Related Revenue and/or statewide Realignment Sales Tax Collections performance.)

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

Deputy County Counsel II

$105,996 – $140,753 Annually

Deputy County Counsel III
$125,070 – $166,441 Annually

Deputy County Counsel IV

$144,310 – $210,537.60 Annually

Job Criteria
Minimum Requirements:

License: Active membership and 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.)



Litigation Attorney II: Twelve (12) months of civil litigation experience as an attorney.

Litigation Attorney III: Thirty (30) months of civil litigation experience as an attorney.

Litigation Attorney IV: Forty-eight (48) months of civil litigation experience as an attorney.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience as an Attorney practicing civil litigation in state and/or federal courts is desired. Lead trial work and public entity defense experience is highly desirable but not required.

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
$105,996.80 – $210,537.60

Other Benefits and Perks
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Job Category: Legal
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: San Bernardino