Mission Statement

 

The Office of the Richmond City Attorney endeavors to render timely legal services of only the highest quality to the City Council and the City Administration, consistent with its commitment to professionalism.  The Office functions as both advisor and advocate as it pursues the City's goals while remaining dedicated to principles of ethical behavior, efficiency and accountability.

 

Haskell C. Brown, III

Interim City Attorney

Contact Us - City Attorney

Office of the City Attorney

City of Richmond

900 E. Broad Street, Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23219 USA

Phone - (804) 646-7940


Process Service

The Office of the City Attorney is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a process server attempting to serve process on the City of Richmond through the City Attorney, send an e-mail, identifying yourself as a process server, to Haskell Brown at Haskell.Brown@richmondgov.com to schedule an appointment to make personal service.

 

OUR ATTORNEYS

Bonnie is the deputy city attorney of the Operations and Development Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2006

J.D., University of Richmond, 1991

She is the primary contact for

  • DCAO for Economic Development and Planning
  • DCAO for Operations
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Economic Development Authority
  • GRTC (Board and Administration)

Her primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Real Estate Transactions

Haskell is interim city attorney of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 1999

J.D., West Virginia University, 1998

He is the primary contact for

  • Budget
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • City Clerk
  • City Council
  • Council Chief of Staff
  • DCAO for Finance and Administration
  • Mayor
  • Police

His primary practice areas of responsibility are

  • Conflict of Interests Act
  • Contract Review
  • Council Legislation

Keisha is assistant city attorney in the Human Services Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2018

J.D., University of Richmond, 2000

She is the primary contact for

  • Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

Her primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Department of Social Services Litigation

Laura is deputy city attorney of the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2006

J.D., George Mason University, 1996

She is the primary contact for

  • Fire
  • Human Resources
  • Library Board
  • Personnel Board
  • Retirement Board

Her primary practice areas of responsibility are

  • Employment Litigation (administrative)
  • Worker's Compensation

Neil is assistant city attorney in the Operations and Development Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2013

J.D., College of William and Mary, 2012

He is the primary contact for

  • Planning and Development Review

His primary practice areas of responsibility are

  • FOIA - Records
  • Land Use and Planning

Andrew is assistant city attorney in the Operations and Development Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2017

J.D., William and Mary 2010

He is the primary contact for

  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board
  • Public Works

His primary practice areas of responsibility are

  • Affordable Housing
  • CDBG - Community Development Block Grant

Alexandra is assistant city attorney in the Human Services Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2018

J.D., University of Richmond, 2014

She is the primary contact for

  • Justice Services

Her primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Department of Social Services Litigation

Zachary is  assistant city attorney in the Civil Litigation Divison

Employed since 2019

J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law

His primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Liability Litigation

 

Richard is senior assistant city attorney in the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the City Attoroney

Employed since 2015

J.D., George Mason University, 1999

He is the primary contact for

  • Inspector General

His primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Liability Litigation

David is senior assistant city attorney in the Operations and Development Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2012

J.D., University of Virginia, 1982

He is the primary contact for

  • Public Utilities (Gas and Electric)

His primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Environmental Law Matters

Greg is the deputy city attorney for Blight Abatement in the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 1998

J.D., George Mason University, 1993

He is the primary contact for

  • Animal Control
  • Towing Advisory Board

His primary practice areas of responsibility are

  • ABC - Alcohol, Beverage Control
  • CAPS
  • Code Enforcement
  • Parking and Towing
  • Permits, Property Maintenance and Zoning Enforcement
  • Tax Delinquent Property Sales and Tax Enforcement

Susan is assistant city attorney in the Governance and Finance Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2013

J.D., College of William & Mary, 2012

She is the primary contact for

  • Community Wealth-Building
  • Emergency Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Procurement Services

Her primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Contract Review

 

Wirt is assistant city attorney in the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2017

J.D., University of Richmond, 1994

He is the primary contact for

  • Risk Management

His primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Liability Litigation

Matthew is assistant city attorney in the Human Services Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2015

J.D., University of Richmond, 2012

His primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Department of Social Services Litigation

Ross is assistant city attorney of the Operations and Development Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2017

J.D., University of Idaho, 2017

He is the primary contact for

  • Public Utilities (Water, Stormwater and Wastewater)

Tabrica is acting deputy city attorney in the Governance and Finance Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2006

J.D., University of Richmond, 2001

She is the primary contact for

  • Assessor
  • Registrar

His primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Council Legislation
  • General Assembly

Janet is deputy city attorney for Human Services in the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2009

J. D., Wayne State University, 1985

She is the primary contact for

  • DCAO for Human Services
  • Social Services

Her primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Department of Social Services Litigation

Caitlin is assistant city attorney in the Governance and Finance Division of the Office of the City Attorney

Employed since 2017

J.D., Washington and Lee University, 2015

She is the primary contact for

  • Office of the Auditor
  • Finance
  • Office of Minority Business

Her primary practice area of responsibility is

  • Bankruptcy
  • Collections

 

 

Division

Attorney Name

Title

Legal Education

Employed Since

Interim City Attorney

Haskell C. Brown, III
Interim City Attorney

J.D., West Virginia University, 1998

1999

Civil Litigation

Laura K. Drewry
Deputy City Attorney

J.D., George Mason University, 1996

2006

 

Richard E. Hill, Jr.
Senior Assistant City Attorney

J.D., George Mason University, 1999

2015

 

Zachary P. Grubaugh
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law

2012

 

Wirt P. Marks
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., University of Richmond, 1994

2017

Governance and Finance

Tabrica Cook Rentz
Acting Deputy City Attorney

J.D., University of Richmond, 2001

2006

 

Susan M. McKenney
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., College of William & Mary, 2012

2013

 

Caitlin W. Weston
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., Washington and Lee University, 2015

2017

Human Services

M. Janet Palmer
Deputy City Attorney

J.D., Wayne State University, 1985

2009

 

Keisha Dillard-Brady
Assistant City Attorney

J. D., University of Richmond, 2000

2018

 

Alexandra Griffin
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., University of Richmond, 2014

2018

 

Matthew R. Morris
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., University of Richmond, 2012

2015

Operations and Development

Bonnie M. Ashley
Deputy City Attorney

J.D., University of Richmond, 1991

2006

 

David B. Kearney
Senior Assistant City Attorney

J.D., University of Virginia, 1982

2012

 

Neil R. Gibson
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., College of William & Mary, 2012

2013

 

Andrew A. Gore
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., William and Mary, 2010

2017

 

A. Ross Phillips
Assistant City Attorney

J.D., University of Idaho, 2012

2017

Special Litigation and Public

Safety

Gregory A. Lukanuski

Deputy City Attorney

J.D., George Mason University, 19931998
    

Office of the RichmondCity Attorney

Departmental Primary Contacts

 

Primary Contact

Attorney

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board

Mr. Gore

Animal Control

Mr. Lukanuski

Assessor

Ms. Rentz

Auditor

Ms. Weston

Budget

Mr. Brown

Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. Brown

City Clerk

Mr. Brown

City Council

Mr. Brown

Community Wealth-Building

Ms. McKenney

Council Chief of Staff

Mr. Brown

DCAO for Economic Development and Planning

Ms. Ashley

DCAO for Finance and Administration

Mr. Brown

DCAO for Human Services

Ms. Palmer

DCAO for Operations

Ms. Ashley

Economic & Community Development

Ms. Ashley

Economic Development Authority

Ms. Ashley

Emergency Communications

Ms. McKenney

Finance

Ms. Weston

Fire

Ms. Drewry

GRTC (Board & Administration)

Ms. Ashley

Human Resources

Ms. Drewry

Information Technology

Ms. McKenney

Inspector General

Mr. Hill

Justice Services

Ms. Griffin

Library Board

Ms. Drewry

Mayor

Mr. Brown

OMBD

Ms. Weston

Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

Ms. Dillard-Brady

Personnel Board

Ms. Drewry

Planning & Development Review

Mr. Gibson

Police

Mr. Brown

Procurement Services

Ms. McKenney

Public Utilities (Gas and Electric)

Mr. Kearney

Public Utilities (Water, Stormwater and Wastewater)

Mr. Phillips

Public Works

Mr. Gore

Registrar

Ms. Rentz

Retirement Board

Ms. Drewry

Risk Management

Mr. Marks

Social Services

Ms. Palmer

Towing Advisory Board

Mr. Lukanuski

Affordable Housing

Mr. Gore

ABC

Mr. Lukanuski

Bankruptcy

Ms. Weston

CAPS

Mr. Lukanuski

CDBG Programs

Mr. Gore

Code Enforcement

Mr. Lukanuski

Conflict of Interests Act

Mr. Brown

Collections

Ms. Weston

Contract Review

Mr. Brown

Ms. McKenney

Council Legislation

Mr. Brown

Ms. Rentz

DSS Litigation

Ms. Palmer

Ms. Dillard-Brady

Ms. Griffin

Mr. Morris

Employment Litigation (administrative)

Ms. Drewry

Environmental Law Matters

Mr. Kearney

FOIA – Records

Mr. Gibson

FOIA - Meetings

Mr. Brown

General Assembly

Ms. Rentz

Land Use & Planning

Mr. Gibson

Liability Litigation

Mr. Grubaugh

Mr. Hill

Mr. Marks

Parking & Towing

Mr. Lukanuski

Permits, Property Maintenance & Zoning Enforcement

Mr. Lukanuski

Real Estate Transactions

Ms. Ashley

Tax Delinquent Property Sales & Tax Enforcement

Mr. Lukanuski

Workers Compensation

Ms. Drewry

Scale

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