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 61 full time employees.  This includes one (1) City Attorney, twenty-nine (29) attorneys (two of which are Deputy City Attorneys, and four that are Division Chiefs), five (5) administrative staff, nine (9) paralegals, three (3) senior legal assistants, nine (9) 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, 50KB) Practice Areas

Attorney Profiles Past City Attorneys

The City of Miami seeks a Florida licensed attorney to join its vibrant in-house legal team to handle all aspects of civil litigation from inception through post-trial motions. This position will afford the successful candidate the potential opportunity to handle litigation in a wide variety of substantive areas, including: torts, complex commercial disputes, civil rights litigation, police matters, constitutional claims, public records matters, and land use disputes. Applicants should be capable of handling all stages of litigation including discovery, depositions, and alternative dispute resolution, as well as possess excellent research and writing skills. The ideal candidate should have at least seven (7) years of litigation experience in general civil litigation in state and federal courts, first-chair trial experience, and experience working with senior attorneys and administrative staff. Prior experience representing a municipal or other local government is not required. Salary and benefits for this position are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

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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.