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What we value in an applicant

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Attorney candidates must bring a record of hard work, dedication, and academic and professional excellence, along with exceptional legal research and writing skills. We value candidates who are flexible, eager to learn, self-directed, and capable of prioritizing and managing multiple projects under deadline. At the same time, they are team players who are ready to step in to help their colleagues and maintain excellent working relationships with other County staff. 

Our attorneys must have strong communication skills to be able to explain complex legal issues to judges, arbitrators, elected officials, a diverse range of clients, and, occasionally, members of the public. 

Our attorneys join us at varying points of their career.  While we rarely hire attorneys right out of law school, some of our attorneys have fewer than five years of work experience. While prior public law experience, including clerkships, is helpful, it is not required. An attorney applicant must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of California.  

Above all, we expect our team to practice the highest level of ethics and professional responsibility.  

Salary and benefits

The County of Santa Clara offers competitive salary and benefits for all employees.   

Salaries vary based on experience and qualifications.  For attorneys with five or more years of experience, the annual salary range is $225,902 to $281,170. 

Compensation and benefits for Deputy County Counsels are governed in large part by the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the County Counsel Attorneys’ Association (the union that represents most attorneys in the County Counsel’s Office) and the County of Santa Clara.  Highlights of the current compensation and benefits package include: 

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for all attorneys and their dependents 
  • 19 days accrued paid vacation time per year, increasing to 25 days after 4 years of service and 8 days accrued sick leave per year 
  • 13 paid County holidays 
  • CalPERS pension 
  • 457 deferred compensation plan 
  • Employee assistance program 
  • Dependent care assistance plan 
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance 
  • Employee wellness program 
  • Tuition reimbursement program 
  • MCLE training 
  • Payment of state bar dues 
  • “Qualifying employer” for purposes of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program administered by the U.S. Department of Education 
  • Eligibility for hybrid remote/in-office work schedule 

How to apply

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please send a résumé, five references, and a brief cover letter to Assistant County Counsel Michaela Lozano Lewis via [email protected].  We will consider applications on a rolling basis, and encourage interested applicants to apply promptly.

Frequently asked questions

Please refer to our frequently asked questions from attorney candidates.