The Civil Division delivers high quality, cost effective legal services that are responsive to the City’s adopted policies, goals, and objectives.
The Civil Division focuses on:
1. Assisting the City in minimizing its financial exposure to claims and lawsuits
The Office’s Civil Division aggressively represents the City in the federal and state district courts and appellate courts, in administrative hearings, and in other judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings so that the City’s potential liability in these matters is minimized.
2. Providing high quality legal services to the City’s elected officials, its departments and staff, and the City’s independent boards and commissions.
The City’s elected officials, city departments and staff, and the City’s independent boards and commissions are the Office's primary clients. Services include oral advice, written opinions, drafting of ordinances, and a broad range of legal services. The Office has entered into service agreements with individual City departments. These service agreements set out the mutual departmental expectations and obligations so that legal services can be effectively, efficiently and promptly delivered.
The Civil Division is organized into two teams:
- the litigation team and
- the client services team
The Civil Division is headed by Deputy City Attorney Peter Ginder (612-673-2478).
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011