National Association of State Retirement Administrators

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Staff Attorney
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Established in 1945, the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) provides retirement, death, disability and cost-of-living benefits to retirees of the County of Orange and certain County districts. Serving approximately 48,000 members, OCERS is governed by a ten-member Board of Retirement that is responsible for managing a $21 billion dollar fund. For more information about OCERS, please click here.

OCERS mission is to provide secure retirement and disability benefits with the highest standards of excellence.

OCERS vision is to be a trusted partner providing premier pension administration, distinguished by consistent, quality member experiences and prudent financial stewardship. 

  • Open and Transparent
  • Commitment to Superior Service
  • Engaged and Dedicated Workforce
  • Reliable and Accurate
  • Secure and Sustainable

The Staff Attorney will report directly to the General Counsel and is expected to uphold the highest standards of accountability, Employer focus, and system efficiency. The incumbent will work within general instructions and guidelines, exercising discretion and independent judgment in the performance of duties. 

Under the general direction of the General Counsel, the Staff Attorney will represent Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) in administrative hearings and state court writ proceedings arising from appeals of disability retirement determinations, benefit calculation issues, and other issues involving the administration of retirement benefits by OCERS. This includes the review of medical records, employment documents, workers' compensation records, retirement system records, and other related documents; analysis and application of statutes, case law, administrative decisions, and other legal precedent to benefit appeal matters; participation in administrative hearings and writ proceedings; presentation of evidence including examination and cross-examination of witnesses; application of hearing rules, rules of civil procedure and rules of evidence; analysis and preparation of briefs and review of Hearing Officer findings to determine if objections are warranted.
The Staff Attorney will also provide advice and counsel to OCERS staff on the application of retirement laws, as well as other laws in the administration of a public agency.

Include but are not limited to the following:  
  • Review and evaluate medical records, employment records, application materials, and other information and determines relevance for inclusion in an administrative record
  • Participate in monthly meetings of the OCERS Board and the OCERS Disability Unit to discuss disability cases to be presented to the Board of Retirement or the Disability Committee and provide input on whether the evidence presented supports the recommended actions  
  • Prepare briefs, pre-hearing statements, motions, and other legal documents, necessary to obtain a complete administrative record and to adequately represent OCERS in administrative benefit hearings and state court writ proceedings
  • Represent OCERS in administrative hearings and state court writ proceedings, which include offering objections, taking testimony, submitting written and oral evidence, and providing oral arguments  
  • Ensure that the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, Federal and State statutes, the OCERS Hearing Rules, and OCERS policies are followed throughout the administrative hearing process
  • Confer with and provide legal advice to OCERS on legal questions; prepare formal opinions as to the interpretation of the laws governing OCERS; and review contracts, leases, and other legal documents
  • Perform a wide variety of legal research
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Position: Staff Attorney
Organization: Orange County Employees Retirement System
Location: Santa Ana,  CA 
United States
Salary: $83,959.00 - $121,740.00 Annually
Posting Start Date: 3/1/2023
Date Posted: 3/1/2023
Minimum qualifications required for entry into the classification

Education and/or Experience
Must have a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited U.S. law school.
Two years of post-bar legal experience handling administrative hearings, civil litigation, arbitrations, mediations, or other similar proceedings that required the analysis and presentation of evidence, motion or brief writing, and analysis of findings.  Up to one year of pre-bar administrative hearing or similar work can be substituted for post-bar experience.

OCERS offers a competitive benefits package that includes a choice of several health plans, annual leave, and paid holidays. Additionally, OCERS has a defined benefit pension plan which has reciprocity with the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and a deferred compensation 457 plan. OCERS offers up to an annual $10,000 Educational and Professional Reimbursement, a $3,500 taxable optional bene
fit plan, and a flexible/hybrid work schedule.  

For additional information and details about the OCERS pension and benefits offered, please
 click here 

Only on-line applications with the completed supplemental questions will be accepted for this opportunity. For additional information and to apply, please visit


OCERS, as an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.   

Status: This listing expires on: 4/30/2023
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Organization Information
Orange County Employees Retirement System
2223 E Wellington Ave
Suite 100
Santa Ana,  CA 92701
United States
Felicia Durrah