City Attorney

The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council as its chief legal counsel and has the following responsibilities:

  • Serving as the primary legal advisor and legal representative to the City and City Council. The City Attorney’s Office cannot provide legal services to private citizens.
  • Preparing all ordinances and approving contracts.
  • Prosecuting all violators of the City ordinances and representing the City in all legal actions and proceedings.
What does the City Attorney do?

The City Council appoints the City Attorney as its chief legal counsel.  The City Attorney’s Office serves as “corporate” legal counsel to the City as an entity and advises the City Council and City staff on contractual, regulatory and litigation matters.  These matters typically include open meeting and public records laws; conflicts of interests; land use and environmental laws; claims and litigation; municipal elections; employment and labor relations; municipal utilities; procurement and other internal services; code enforcement; and resolutions, ordinances, and other legal documents.

As the City Attorney’s Office does not provide legal advice to individuals in the City of Antioch, you are directed to the following resources for private legal assistance:

Contra Costa County Bar Referral Service for a referral to a private attorney at
925-827-5700 or www.cccba.org.

Contra Costa County Superior Court Virtual Self-Help Law Center at
www.cc-courthelp.org.

California Courts Online Self-Help Center at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp.

State Bar of California publications at www.calbar.ca.gov.

  • “Kids & the Law: An A-Z Guide for Parents”
  • “When You Become 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers”
  • “Seniors & the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians”
Does the City Attorney prosecute criminal activity?

The City Attorney’s Office does not typically prosecute criminal activity other than violations of the Municipal Code in certain situations.  For information about criminal matters, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 925-957-2218 or by mail at P.O. Box 670, Martinez, CA  94553.