The Objective of the City Attorney’s Office is to provide timely, cost-efficient, quality services and advice to support the City Council, the City Manager, and the City departments, boards and agencies in fulfilling their missions and goals: and to advance, advocate and safeguard the interests of the City within the bounds of the law.
In furthering the City Council’s Strategic Direction of providing cost effective municipal services through financial responsibility, efficiency and quality, the City Attorney’s Office defends lawsuits brought against the city; assists departments in drafting or reviewing agreements and contracts, real estate transactions, and purchasing issues and procedures; drafts or assists city staff in drafting ordinances and resolutions and performs any research associated therewith; and advises city staff and Council on all legal issues including city code and state statute interpretation, employee matters, police advice and training, and general legal questions.
The City Attorney's office does not provide legal advice to citizens. If you need legal advice, please contact a private attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, Gulfcoast Legal Services and the Community Law Program offer pro bono programs for citizens who meet the income requirements. The telephone number for Gulfcoast Legal Services is 727-443-0657 in Clearwater, and their website address is www.gulfcoastlegal.org.
The Pinellas County Clerk's Office, working with Gulfcoast, Community Law Program and the Judiciary now offers affordable legal assistance to pro se litigants at the legal Self Help Centers. There are no income requirements to use the Self Help Centers. Please visit the program's Web site for more information, or call 727-464-5150 in Clearwater or 727-582-7941 in St. Petersburg.
Notice: the posting of this information does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. The information contained on these pages is not legal advice. If you need legal advice please contact a private attorney. The information contained on these pages is specific to the city of Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida.