Office of the City Attorney

The Office of the City Attorney provides a broad scope of legal services and advice to the Mayor, City Commissioners, City Manager as well as to all City Departments.

Department Head

Victoria Méndez

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.

Organizational Chart(PDF, 49KB) Practice Areas

Attorney Profiles Past City Attorneys

The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Miami seeks a highly motivated candidate with a J.D. from an accredited law school, excellent research and writing skills, and a very strong sense of self-motivation to serve the City of Miami in the capacity of assistant city attorney. The candidate must have a minimum of five [5] years of experience handling workers’ compensation matters from inception to final hearing and membership in good standing in the Florida Bar.  The candidate will be expected to handle all aspects of workers’ compensation defense including, but not limited to, initial intake and issue identification, witness statements, preparation of detailed informational claim summaries, take and defend depositions, and attend all motion hearings, as well as evidentiary and final hearings.  The candidate is expected to assist the third-party administrator as well as Department of Risk Management throughout the claims process addressing and identifying non-litigated and litigated issues.  The candidate will be expected to investigate the compensability of workplace accidents and provide the third-party administrator with continuing education on statutory/rule amendments as well as the results of recent case law.   Prior experience with municipal workers’ compensation defense and/or experience with heart and lung claims is a definite plus.  Salary is commiserated with experience and benefits include but are not limited to health insurance and the option to choose from either a 401k plan or a defined benefit pension plan as provided by ordinance. 

Send resume and writing sample to:  Victoria Méndez, City Attorney, City of Miami c/o Senior Assistant City Attorney, William Juliachs, 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Suite 945 Miami, FL 33130 or email to wajuliachs@miamigov.com.

The Office of the City Attorney handles employment applications only for attorneys, legal consultants and law students. Assistant City Attorneys are "at will" employees and are not members of the civil service system.

The City of Miami's Office of Employee Relations handles applications for all other legal positions including legal assistants and paralegals. Employees in these related legal positions, like most city employees, are in the civil service system. For information concerning any positions other than attorney, legal consultants and law student positions, you may visit the City of Miami Department of Employee Relations.

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