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Advisory Division

The Advisory Division provides legal advice and counsel to the City of Oakland in areas of municipal law including: land use, real estate, personnel, elections, conflict of interest, municipal finance, municipal bonds, retirement and housing & economic development. Attorneys in the Advisory Division:

  • Draft and review contracts and legislation;
  • Provide litigation services in personnel and retirement arbitrations, and in related areas (such as probate and bankruptcy);
  • Defend the validity of ordinances and other administrative actions;
  • Provide legal services related to code enforcement and drug nuisance abatement;
  • Provide counsel to Council committees, retirement boards, Business Tax Board of Review, Civil Service Board, Planning Commission, Citizens Police Review Board, task forces, and City agencies and departments;
  • Provide legal representation to Council-created Joint Powers Authorities such as Chabot Science Center and Observatory and Oakland Base Reuse Authority;
  • Handle elections and conflict of interest issues.

The Division also staffs the Open Government Program which monitors compliance with open meeting laws and responds to public records issues. Also included in the Division is the Special Prosecution Team, a unit deputized by the District Attorney to prosecute misdemeanor and quality-of-life crimes.

 

Doryanna Moreno
Acting Chief Assistant City Attorney
510.238.3492

Mary Miles
Executive Assistant
to Barbara Parker

510.238.4711


Practice Areas

Redevelopment/
Real Estate

Land Use/
Development

Labor/
Employment

General Government/
Finance

Public Safety/
Contracts Unit

Special Prosecution Team

Supervising
Deputy
City Attorney

Dianne Millner
510.238.6839

Heather Lee
510.238.3838

Vicki Laden
510.238.4941

Mark Morodomi
510.238.6101

 

 

Deputy City
Attorneys

Richard Illgen
510.238.6517

Daniel Rossi
510.238.6510

 

Kiran Jain
510.238.3837

Mark Wald
510.238.3540

Tracy Chriss
510.238.3839

Jennifer Chin
510.238.4779

Caryl Casden
510.238.6802

Alix Rosenthal
510.238.3603

Kathleen
Salem-Boyd

510.238.3034

Susan Mosk
510.238.3539

Rocio Fierro
OPD
510.238.6511

Celso Ortiz
510.238.6236

Reve Bautista
Area I
510.238.4924

Amadis Sotelo
Area 2
510.238.2962

Eli Ferran
Area 3
510.238.6522

 

WRITS

Open Government

 

J.Kevin D. Siegel
510.238.4982

Arlette Flores-Medina
Open Government Coordinator
510.238.6324