Assistant City Attorney - Land Use Section

Salary $93,379.00 - $149,212.00 Annually

Closing 3/9/2021 4:00 PM Pacific


The Seattle City Attorney’s Office seeks an attorney to join its Land Use Section. As in-house counsel to a city grappling with cutting-edge land and street use issues, we advise policymakers, review and draft legislation, counsel departmental staff, and defend City laws and decisions in litigation. We work with elected officials, land use planners, and those who enhance affordable housing, preserve historic resources, and manage our streets, parks, and utilities. We practice the law we enjoy in a fast-paced setting for a dynamic, world-class city.

The City Attorney’s Office offers a generous benefit program that includes paid leave benefits, paid parental and family leave, low-cost health benefits, and the opportunity to participate in a defined-benefit retirement program.


Job Responsibilities

Advise City policy makers and administrators on land and street use issues, and review and draft legislation.

Counsel City officials and staff on implementing and navigating City, state, and federal law related to land and street use.

Defend City laws and decisions in quasi-judicial tribunals and in state and federal courts.

Engage with colleagues and clients to integrate the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative into our relationships and work.



The skills needed to perform the responsibilities of this position may be demonstrated in a variety of ways:

  • A working knowledge of Washington state land use law or another state’s land use law
  • Effective written advocacy skills
  • Effective oral advocacy skills in motions or appellate practice
  • Experience advising public officials or other decision makers
  • A facility for discovery and witness testimony
  • Experience advocating before administrative tribunals


This position requires a Washington State Bar License in good standing within six months of the job offer.



This position closes on March 9, 2021 at 4 pm.


For additional details please visit:

Mailing Address:

 P.O Box 1873  Seattle, WA 98111