Trial Attorney: All Levels

The El Paso District Attorney’s Office is currently hiring both experienced and entry level attorneys. 

We are seeking prosecutors with all levels of experience, from those who are recently licensed to those who have experience managing large felony dockets and have tried multiple murder cases to a verdict. The El Paso District Attorney’s Office offers competitive salaries and opportunities for advancement. We have openings for trial attorneys at all levels.

Highest Starting Salaries (depending on experience):

Principal Trial Attorney – $108,023.46 – $143,172.54

Senior Trial Attorney – $90,987.12 – $126,693.46

Trial Attorney – $73,926.01 – $96,550.31

The attorneys usually preform work in an office environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes allow an attorney, to work in non-standard workplaces.

Who we are:

The District Attorney’s Office of the 34th Judicial District (El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson counties), led by District Attorney Bill D. Hicks, prosecutes cases in the fifth largest metropolitan area in Texas. According to the 2020 US Census, El Paso County, Texas had a population of 865,657.  El Paso is located in a beautiful arid region with low humidity and an average of 297 days of sunshine every year. Despite having a low cost of living, El Paso offers the same entertainment opportunities as any other metropolitan area. Unlike many others, though, El Paso also offers tons of outdoor activities, including year-round biking, hiking, and climbing, with snow ski slopes approximately 140 miles away in Ruidoso, New Mexico. El Paso has an international airport, a Triple-A Baseball Team known as the Chihuahuas, and a horse racetrack called Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. El Paso is also home to the nationally recognized University of Texas at El Paso. Which boasts over 23,000 students.

When hired as an entry-level trial attorney, a person is generally assigned to prosecute misdemeanor cases and, under close supervision, manages a trial docket in one of the misdemeanor courts in El Paso.

When hired in as either a Senior Trial Attorney or a Principal Trial Attorney, a person is generally assigned to prosecute felony cases with minimal supervision and is expected to do everything that is necessary to manage a full felony docket. This includes prosecuting all types of cases, ranging from minor felonies to sexual assault and murder cases.

Education and Experience:

All positions require both a J.D from an accredited law school and a Texas Bar certification.

Senior Trial Attorney requires a minimum of three (3) years of criminal trial experience; Appellate Attorney generally requires at least a minimum of three (3) years of appellate experience.

Principal Trial Attorney requires a minimum of Four (4) years of prosecutorial trial experience, including felony docket management with experience of trying complex first degree felony cases to a verdict. First chair prosecutorial experience trying murder cases to verdict is an extreme plus.


El Paso County offers significant benefits, including multiple levels of comprehensive health care benefits –medical, dental and vision plans. It also maintains a pension plan through one of the best retirement systems in the country – i.e., the Texas District and County Retirement System. The generous pension program offers 2.5 times matching and by statute must grow by 7% each year. It offers life, long and short-term disability insurance, as well as health care reimbursement accounts and a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Subject to county commissioner approval each year, step increases and costs of living adjustments are frequently available and typically approved for the average attorney. The attorney pay scale can be found at Employees receive an average of sixteen holidays, as well as earn generous vacation and sick time.

When applying, please first call Yvette Ruiz, at (915) 546-2059, extension 2062. Please be prepared to provide a cover letter, your resume, and a county application that can be found at