City Attorney

The Office of the City Attorney provides legal advice and representation to the Mayor and City Council, the City’s various boards and commissions, the City Manager and other City officials and employees on a broad range of issues.  The Office of the City Attorney represents the City in Municipal Court, Bristol Juvenile Court, and other courts, sometimes using outside counsel. The City Attorney’s office is the City’s Legal Department.

The Office handles the specific tasks listed to the left, and in addition, the Office of the City Attorney drafts and reviews ordinances and resolutions, contracts, purchase agreements, leases, intergovernmental agreements and other documents and legal instruments. The Office provides training to members of boards and commissions, elected officials, and city employees. 

Employees of the Office of the City Attorney are not permitted to represent or provide legal advice to private citizens. Citizens who need legal advice should contact a private attorney.  If you are looking for a private attorney, the Tennessee Bar Association operates a Lawyer Referral Service.  TBA’s website is, or you may contact them at (865) 522-7501.