Litigation Attorney

Oakland or Los Angeles, CA Office

Justice in Aging seeks a litigation attorney with at least five years of experience to join our Oakland or Los Angeles, CA office. The successful candidate will work closely with the Litigation Director and the Litigation Team in developing and pursuing high impact cases that promote and defend the rights of older adults. The litigation attorney will be based in one of our California offices, but work closely with attorneys in all three of our offices (Washington, DC, Oakland and Los Angeles) on issues related to health, economic security, and preserving the social safety net for seniors. This attorney will identify, develop, and litigate impact cases primarily on behalf of older adults in California, and will also contribute to our litigation across the country.

Justice in Aging uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income to fight senior poverty. For more than 40 years we’ve focused on addressing systemic injustice and the resulting inequities that often impact women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency.

We have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 7 million seniors living in poverty in America. Our litigation program partners with local advocates and pro bono partners across the country to monitor legal issues that impact our clients and advance systemic litigation to protect their rights. This Litigation Attorney position presents an excellent opportunity to bring the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act to older adults and contribute to impactful work in a collegial, collaborative environment at a time when the challenges to the safety net older adults rely on could not be greater.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to send in their materials by January 21, 2020. Questions about the position can be directed to Katrina Cohens at


  • Handle cases to promote and defend the rights of older adults in federal and state courts, with a focus on litigation impacting older low-income Californians.
  • Develop and prosecute cases, including research, investigations, discovery, motions practice, trials, and appeals. Negotiate possible settlements in lieu of trial where appropriate.
  • Work closely with the Litigation Director and members of the Litigation Team, as well as advocates and pro bono partners in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Work with Justice in Aging attorneys to identify new cases that address systemic inequities based on race, gender, disability, language, immigration status, and LGBTQ identity.
  • As needed, supervise fellows, law clerks, pro bono attorneys, and other staff or consultants.
  • Limited travel will be required.


  • J.D., with admission in the CA Bar (or admission in another Bar with eligibility for admission in CA).
  • At least five years of hands-on litigation experience (may be partially fulfilled with other relevant experience).
  • Strong legal writing, analytical and advocacy skills.


  • Familiarity and passion for civil rights protections and public entitlements applicable to older adults (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, Social Security, or the Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Commitment to using the law to address systemic injustice and resulting inequities.
  • Diversity of personal and professional experience.
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and produce a high quality work product.


Salary for this position will range from starting at $76,500 and increases based on a salary scale commensurate with experience. Justice in Aging also offers a competitive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan; parental leave, and generous vacation policy.

To Apply:

Please submit the following to Katrina Cohens,

  • Cover letter that describes your interest in this particular position;
  • Resume;
  • One writing sample;
  • Three professional references
  • DEI answer (see below)

In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:

At Justice in Aging we advocate for older adults, particularly regarding systemic injustice and the resulting inequities that often impact women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences to your response.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Vanessa Barrington

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