City Attorney meets with the Cabinet

City Attorney, Victoria Méndez, meets with the Cabinet in Tallahassee regarding a Florida Power and Light project.

Monthly Litigators' Meeting

It is a practice for the litigators to meet on a monthly basis to discuss upcoming trials, pending settlements, etc.

Discussion with Client

General Government and Enforcement Chief George Wysong discusses proposed legislation with client.

Legislation Discussion

Deputy City Attorney, Barnaby Min discusses legislation item with legislative team.

City Attorney meets with Client during City Commission

City Attorney, Victoria Méndez, meets with client to discuss legislation at City Commission.

City Attorney receives recognition during City Commission

City Attorney, Victoria Méndez, receives recognition during City Commission for her tremendous work at the City of Miami.

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City Attorney
Victoria Méndez

"Our Mission is to provide the highest quality legal services while ethically and zealously representing all stakeholders in the City of Miami in a timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner."
Recent Results

Favorable Result in the Appellate case of Fancine Liebman, et al. v. City of Miami

In this matter, the Plaintiffs sought declatory and injunctive relief pursuant to Florida Statutes and Miami Citizens' Bill of Rights with respect to the Flagstone Island Gardens development on Watson Island.

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Favorable Result in the Appellate case of Rumph v. City of Miami

In this matter, Plaintiff Rumph was arrested after a City of Miami Police Detective visually identified him as the seller in a hand-to-hand drug transaction that the officer had observed during surveillance in the area several days earlier.

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Favorable Result in the Appellate case of City of Miami, et al. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection

In this matter, the City brought a petition challenging the validity of certain administrative rule revisions proposed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection regarding the State toxic water quality standards. The City sought to protect water quality standards.  Before the administrative law judge, the Department successfully had the City’s petition dismissed as untimely.

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Favorable Result in the case of Jeffery Jernigan v. City of Miami, et al.

In this case, Jeffery Jernigan challenged the City’s Commission’s affirmance of the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board’s (“HEPB”) decision to reclassify his residential property from a non-contributingstructure to a contributing structure within the Buena Vista East Historic District Under Chapter 23 of the City Code.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the City Commission voted to deny Jernigan's appeal.

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Favorable Result in the case of Alberto Ruiz v. City of Miami Officer Jennifer Wing, et al.

Plaintiff, Alberto Ruiz, alleged that on September 24, 2014, he was subjected to excessive force as a result of his apprehension by City of Miami Police Officer Danny Fals and tasering by City of Miami Police Officer Jennifer Wing when Plaintiff was arrested for Carjacking, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery, Resisting Arrest with Violence, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

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The Office of the City Attorney is a full service law firm representing the City of Miami, a city known worldwide for its diverse culture and location as the gateway to Latin America.

The Office is staffed by 60 full time employees.  This includes one (1) City Attorney, twenty-eight (28) attorneys (two of which are Deputy City Attorneys, one which is Chief Assistant City Attorney and four that are Division Chiefs), five (5) administrative staff, seven (7) paralegals, three (3) senior legal assistants, eleven (11) legal assistants, and five (5) legal services staff.

The Office provides legal advice and serves as counsel to the City's elected public officials, as well as, all appointed officials, departments and all authorities, boards and committees. Lawyers in this Office are recognized for their excellent knowledge in the area of local government law and skills in many practice areas, which includes civil rights and tort litigation, government contracting and procurement, land use, labor and employment, public records, sunshine law and ethics. The staff of the Office has unparalleled opportunities to take a leadership role in promoting honesty and integrity in the City and assuming a prominent role in the legal representation of high profile issues that have a significant impact on public policy and quality of life in the community.