The California Department of Justice

Are you looking to make a difference? Do you want to challenge yourself with high level important work that impacts the public in California, and nationally?

Join the State of California’s largest law firm and help administer justice on behalf of 40 million Californians. At the California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General, you will be a part of a diverse group of over 5,000 professionals whose primary mission is to deliver fairness and equality under the law, through a broad spectrum of programs and services.

The Business Litigation Section represents state agencies and officials in state and federal trial and appellate courts (including federal bankruptcy courts nationally) in civil matters concerning the business of government and government regulation of business.  The section defends constitutional and statutory challenges to state laws and regulations, as well as to decisions of state taxing agencies and regulators of the finance, insurance, and real estate industries.  The section also represents all state agencies and officials in a variety of public contracting and other commercial disputes, including multistate disputes

A typical case load may include defense of: an action for declaratory and injunctive relief or a writ challenging a state law, regulation, or order; a challenge to an agency decision; a bankruptcy action to to recover a debt owed to the state; a bid protest, an action for breach of contract or related business torts; a challenge to a rate or policy determination by the Insurance Commissioner; and a suit for refund challenging a tax assessment (sales and use, income, or unemployment insurance).

Our cases are often novel, requiring a deep dive into the constitution, various state statutory schemes, case law, legislative history, and regulatory proceedings. The work includes discovery and motion practice, mostly bench trials, and appeals. Some cases are small and others large and complex. Often, millions of dollars are at stake. Deputies are responsible for all aspects of their assigned cases, including all appearances and client contacts.

We assign cases as appropriate based on experience and skill, provide training and opportunities for professional advancement, and foster a collegial workplace. Currently, all deputies have the option of 100% telework, or work in the office, but must reside in California.

Internal as well as external candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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