December 21, 2018

City Council

City Council Announces Posting of Executive Counsel Position

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NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council is accepting applications for its executive counsel. The job posting requires a highly responsible individual to assist in the legal representation of the Council and provide legal advice with regards to the Council's duties and obligations as the governing authority of the City of New Orleans. The position reports to the Council's Chief-of-Staff.

Job duties involve legal representation, legal research, the preparation of legal advice/opinions, and the rendering of general legal counsel to the New Orleans City Council.  Work includes advising the Council and defending legislation that may be challenged in court, preparing cases for trial/appeal, legally representing and appearing in court as requested/needed by the City Council.  

Qualified candidates must be residents of Orleans Parish; possess a Juris Doctorate in Law from an accredited school - graduating in the top twenty percent of their class; be licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana with admission to the Louisiana bar for at least five years, with at least five years' of public sector legal experience and/or government representation, and ten years' overall experience in the practice of law.  Candidates must possess the following:

  • Experience representing or managing litigation in court, both at the district and appellate levels, in both state and federal courts;
  • Extensive knowledge of the New Orleans City Charter, City Code, Louisiana Constitution, Louisiana Open Meetings Laws, Louisiana's Code of Governmental Ethics, procurement/public bid laws, Louisiana's Public Records Law, and governing Revised Statutes; and
  • A practical understanding of government organization processes, structure, functions, and legal obligations.

The complete job description is available on the Council's website, or may be obtained from the Office of the Chief of Staff, Room 1E06, City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 658-1101, e-mail

The City offers a competitive salary (with a longevity increase program), retirement program and fringe benefits. Interested applicants should send or e-mail a cover letter and detailed résumé, complete with salary history and one writing sample to:


City Council Chief of Staff

1E06, City Hall

1300 Perdido Street

New Orleans, LA   70112


The deadline for application is 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2018.




David Gavlinski

Chief of Staff

(504) 658-1101

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