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Inside the Office

The Office of the City Attorney has a $22.1 million budget for fiscal year 2019-20 with a staff of 87 full-time employees including 48 lawyers. City Attorney Rick Doyle leads a Senior Management Team that sets Office policy and plans, directs, and manages the work of the Office to ensure the efficient delivery of legal services to the clients. The Senior Management Team includes the City Attorney, two Assistant City Attorneys, four Chief Deputy City Attorneys, and the Legal Services Administrator.

The Office also has a team of managers that supervise support services staff, including paralegals, legal administrative assistants, office specialists, and accounting and information technology personnel. In-house staff performs virtually every function necessary for the operation of a law office. Reliance on outside counsel and vendors is minimal and generally limited to situations where it is more efficient or cost-effective to outsource.

The Office is organized into three divisions: Litigation Services; Transactional Services; and Support Services. Additional information can be found in the Office of the City Attorney Organizational Chart.

Mission Statement

The Office of the City Attorney is committed to providing excellent legal services, consistent with the highest professional and ethical standards, with the goal of protecting and advancing the City's interests in serving the people of San Jose.

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