The City Attorney’s Office provides transactional and advisory services as general counsel, and provides litigation services to the thirteenth largest city in the nation, handling the bulk of lawsuits in-house.
The City Attorney’s Office does not provide legal advice to members of the public. In accordance with the Fort Worth city charter, the city attorney serves as chief legal advisor to the city council, city manager and all city departments, offices, agencies, boards and commissions. The city attorney and the assistant city attorneys represent the city in all legal proceedings as well as draft and approve ordinances, documents, contracts and legal instruments before the city council takes action.
The office also is responsible for representing the city in judicial and administrative hearings and prosecuting misdemeanor violations of ordinances and state statute Class C misdemeanors. The office is divided into two divisions – the Litigation Division and the Transactional Division – each of which is divided into sections based on areas of practice.