City Attorney

The City Attorney, directly appointed by the City Council, serves as chief legal counsel and is responsible for administration of all legal affairs of the City.

The City Attorney's Office is responsible for:
  • Providing legal advice and opinions to the City Council, City officials, City staff, City Boards and City Commissions
  • Overseeing all work done by outside counsel on behalf of the City
  • Providing risk management services through the Risk Management Division
  • Drafting and reviewing leases, ordinances, deeds, insurance, bonds, resolutions, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Representing the City in litigation, administrative hearings, and other legal matters  
  • Assisting the City in negotiating complex agreements
Private Legal Services
The City Attorney does not represent or provide legal services to individuals or private entities. For information and/or referral to an attorney, please contact the Alameda County Bar Association at 510-302-2222.