City Attorney


Appointed directly by the City Council, the City Attorney serves as chief legal counsel to the City and is responsible for directing and administering the City’s legal affairs.

The City Attorney’s Office is responsible for:
  • Providing legal advice to the City Council, City Boards and Commissions, City Departments, City officials, and City staff
  • Representing the City in litigation, administrative hearings, and other legal matters
  • Overseeing work done by outside counsel on behalf of the City
  • Administration of all claims filed against the City
  • Providing risk management services in conjunction with the City’s Risk Manager
  • Administration of all restitution claims asserted by the City, including restitution ordered by the Courts
  • Contract review and insurance verification
  • Monitoring responses to Public Records Act requests and Subpoenas
  • Drafting and reviewing Council staff reports, resolutions, ordinances, leases, deeds, and other legal documents
  • Assisting the City in negotiating complex agreements


  • File a claim: contact the City Clerk's office at (510) 215-3000 or see City Clerk's web page for claim form.
  • Make a Public Records Act (PRA) request: contact the City Clerk's office at (510) 215-3000 or see City Clerk's web page for a Public Records Request Form.
  • Serve a CIVIL subpoena or other legal documents: the City Clerk is the Agent for Service of Process for civil matters for the City of San Pablo.  Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (510) 215-3000 for more information. 
  • Serve a CRIMINAL subpoena or other legal documents: criminal subpoenas for members of the Police Department should be served at the San Pablo Police Department, 13880 San Pablo Avenue, San Pablo, CA  94806, (510) 215-3130.


The City Attorney does not represent or provide legal services or advice to individuals or private entities.  View Resources for Legal Assistance.


Click here for the San Pablo Municipal Code.