City Attorney's Office

City Attorney

The chief legal officer of the City of Dubuque is the City Attorney, who provides counsel and direction to the City by attending meetings of the City Council and selected boards and commissions. The City Attorney represents the City in all cases before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies where the City has an interest.

The City Attorney processes all claims and suits for and against the City and provides written opinions to the City Council, boards and commissions, the City Manager and City departments. The City Attorney assists in the preparation and review of legal documents, legislation, and other matters in which there is a City interest.


The City Attorney is assisted by a full-time Assistant City Attorney, a part-time Senior Counsel, and two Administrative Assistants. Assignments of work to the Assistant City Attorneys and Administrative Assistants are made by the City Attorney.

Assistant City Attorney and Senior Counsel

The duties of the Assistant City Attorney and Senior Counsel include prosecuting ordinance and traffic violations, representing City boards and commissions, providing advice on legal opinions to officials, department managers, and City employees, and drafting legal documents, memoranda, and opinions.

Administrative Assistants

The Administrative Assistants of the City Attorney's Office prepare legal documents, including pleadings, contracts, deeds, and other legal forms, edit correspondence and documents, handle a variety of administrative matters, maintain records, and process citizen claims.