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City of La Palma
7822 Walker Street
La Palma, CA 90623
Ph: (714) 690-3300
Fx: (714) 523-2141
City Attorney
The City contracts with the law firm of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, for the provision of City Attorney services. The City Attorney's Office provides legal support and advice to the City Council, boards and commissions, and City staff. Office functions generally fall into the categories of- general counsel, prosecution, and litigation.

Departmental Functions
 

General Counsel
The City Attorney is the chief legal officer of the City and is responsible to the City Council for the proper administration and coordination of all City legal affairs. The City Attorney:
  • Prepares and/or reviews all City ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Attends City Council, Planning Commission, and other meetings
  • Conducts legal research and renders opinions on a variety of City issues
  • Provides legal advice to City officials and employees

Prosecution
The City contracts with the Orange County District Attorney's Office for the prosecution of most local municipal code violations (infractions and misdemeanors). The City Attorney coordinates with the District Attorney's Office and may personally represent the City in prosecution when appropriate.

Litigation
The City Attorney generally represents the City in litigation. In some cases, the City Attorney may recommend the engagement of other law firms to assist the City on certain cases. The City Attorney also monitors the performance of other agencies and special counsel (i.e., California Joint Powers Insurance Authority) in the handling of liability and other claims and lawsuits against the City.