Every day the New York City Law Department’s 700 lawyers and 850 support professionals work collaboratively to pursue justice while providing the City with the highest quality legal representation. The Law Department represents the City, the Mayor, other elected officials, and the City’s many agencies in all affirmative and defensive civil litigation as well as juvenile delinquency proceedings brought in Family Court and Administrative Code enforcement proceedings brought in Criminal Court.
Law Department attorneys draft and review local and State legislation, real estate leases, procurement contracts, and financial instruments for the sale of municipal bonds. The Department also provides legal counsel to City officials on a wide range of issues such as immigration, education, and environmental policy. There is rarely a major City initiative that is not molded by the Law Department’s staff.
The Law Department is led by the Corporation Counsel who is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Mayor. The office values a supportive work environment where dedicated public servants help each other develop the necessary skills to tackle complex legal issues. The office firmly believes that the diversity of its employees is its greatest strength. Many employees spend their career at the Law Department because they value the respect that their coworkers have for one another and the high standard of integrity and professionalism that their colleagues exercise.