Business Litigation Section (DAG IV; will consider DAG III, DAG or DAG V), California

Created 05/26/2023
Reference 640720
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State California
Salary $11,296.00 - $14,503.00 per Month
Job Description and Duties

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 civil matters concerning the business of government and government regulation of business. Our cases are often novel, requiring a deep dive into the constitution, various state statutory schemes, case law, legislative history, and regulatory proceedings. Cases may involve an action for declaratory and injunctive relief; a writ challenging a state law, regulation, or order; a challenge to an agency decision; a bankruptcy action to recover a debt owed to the state; bid protests; actions for breach of contract or related business torts; challenges to a rate or policy determination by the Insurance Commissioner; and suits for refund challenging a tax assessment. Some cases are small and others large and complex. Often, millions of dollars are at stake.

Duties include:
  • Defending constitutional and statutory challenges to state laws and regulations
  • Defending decisions of state taxing agencies and regulators of the finance, insurance, and real estate industries
  • Representing state agencies and officials in a variety of public contracting and other commercial disputes, including multistate disputes
  • Handling all phases and aspects of assigned cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including federal bankruptcy courts nationally
  • Maintaining prompt and tactful communication with client agencies
  • Making all necessary court appearances

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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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

  • Job Application Package Checklist

Position Details

Job Code #:


Position #(s):


Working Title:

Business Litigation Section (DAG IV; will consider DAG III, DAG or DAG V)


$11,296.00 - $14,503.00 A

Shall Consider:


$7,153.00 - $7,440.00 A

$7,162.00 - $8,175.00 B

$7,506.00 - $9,439.00 C

$8,448.00 - $10,836.00 D


$11,932.00 - $15,228.00 A


$10,225.00 - $13,118.00 A

# of Positions:


Work Location:

United States

Job Type:

Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Business Litigation Section and may be filled in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego. Please clearly indicate in your cover letter which city you prefer.
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility

  • DAG V consideration - lateral transfers only.

  • If you would like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email
  • For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.

  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-373986) and the title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your STD 678 State Application.
  • Must be able to travel, sometimes out of state.

  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. The process is described at
  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:
    • Attorney exam - less than 5 years of experience : Attorney Examination
    • DAG III exam- at least 5 years of legal experience : DAG III Examination
    • DAG IV exam- at least 6 years of legal experience: DAG IV Examination

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
Final Filing Date: 6/14/2023
Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice

Attn: Heather Nguyen (JC-373986)

1300 I Street Suite 720

Sacramento , CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Justice

Heather Nguyen (JC-373986)

1300 I Street Suite 720

Sacramento , CA 95814

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Cover letter
  • Other -
    Writing sample consisting of a dispositive motion , pretrial motion , or appellate brief preferably written in the prior year.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  • Experience drafting pleadings and motions
  • Experience conducting offensive and defensive discovery, including depositions and expert discovery
  • Ability to present coherent, well-researched, and concise arguments before the court, both orally and in writing
  • Efficiency and reliability in managing workload and resolving cases
  • Experience or interest in appellate briefing and oral argument
  • Capacity to work independently and also in teams
  • Ability to work closely with supervisors, staff counsel at other agencies, and other lawyers in the section and around the office
  • Diplomacy and sensitivity when handling cases that involve elected officials and have a political dimension
  • Promptness in communicating with clients, colleagues, and opposing counsel

Deputies are public officials who represent the State and the Attorney General. We expect deputies to give our clients the best representation and treat opposing counsel, clients, and staff with respect and professionalism. They must act in the public interest and comply with financial disclosure and conflict of interest laws and regulations, and well as the rules of professional conduct.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website (under Unit 2 - Attorneys and Hearing Officers) and the CalPERS website .

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Human Resources Contact:
Heather Nguyen
(916) 210-6444

Hiring Unit Contact:
Michael Gowe
(415) 510-3754

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.
EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Application Filing Information Section:

Please note, it using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If you application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date. If you are mailing your application, as a courtesy we ask that you contact the HR Consultant listed to confirm your application has been received. This is not required, but highly encouraged so we can ensure the timely submission of your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Closing Date/Time: 6/14/2023

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