Welcome to the City Attorney's Office
City Attorney: E. Bronson Potter, appointed 2014
It is the mission of the City Attorney's Office to provide high quality legal services to the City in an efficient, timely and cost effective manner for the benefit of the citizens of Vancouver.
The City Attorney’s Office provides legal advice and support on matters initiated by City Council, the City Manager’s Office or City departments. It is staffed with 17 attorneys, 11 administrative and support staff, and 2-4 legal interns.The Vancouver City Attorney’s Office has two divisions, Civil and Criminal Prosecution, and four major functions:
- Civil and Criminal Advice: Provide relevant, timely legal advice to City staff, City Council and various boards and commissions for the development and implementation of City policies.
- Civil and Criminal Legislative and Document Preparation: Prepare ordinances, resolutions and related documents to carry out City policies and provide legal advice and recommendations to the City Council to assist in their role as the legislative body. Prepare and provide legal review of contracts, agreements and other related documents needed to conduct City business.
- Civil Litigation: Represent and appear on behalf of the City and any City officer or employee in all legal actions or proceedings which the City or any such officer, employee or volunteer, in or by reason of his/her official capacity is a party.
- Criminal Prosecution/Diversion: Prosecute DUIs, crimes of violence, theft, livability and other crimes that occur in the city so that justice is served, crime is reduced and the residents’ sense of safety within the community is increased. The Criminal Prosecution division includes diversion programs which allow offenders with limited or no prior history to have certain criminal charges dismissed in exchange for compliance with certain conditions.
Notice: The City Attorney's client is the legal entity of the City of Vancouver. The City Attorney's Office staff is prohibited from providing legal advice to the public or to parties other than the municipal corporation of the City of Vancouver.
Please Note: The City's website and any links accessible from them, as well as any links accessible through them, may not be used to make litigation discovery or public disclosure requests, as no person monitors those links and the city cannot respond to requests made through them.