Law Department

Duties & Responsibilities

The Law Department acts as the attorney for the Mayor, other elected officials, mayoral agencies, and other municipal agencies, departments and other city committees, and has charge and conduct of all the law business of the City and its agencies, and in which the City is interested.

In this capacity, the Law Department litigates affirmative and defensive cases for the City; approves leases, contracts, and financial instruments for the sale of bonds and notes; serves as counsel on sales and leases of City-owned property;, the restructuring of City government, and on public policies .

Affirmative Litigation

The Law Department pursues affirmative litigation that seeks to recover costs for damages caused by the actions of individuals and corporations. It protects the City's interests by defending the City against lawsuits brought for a variety of reasons, including personal injury and breach of contract.