The Rochester City Attorney’s Office is composed of seven attorneys and six support staff members. The Office is divided into a Civil Division and a Criminal Division. Some of the attorneys are assigned to both divisions.
The Civil Division provides day-to-day professional legal advice, representation, guidance and counsel to the Mayor and City Council, the City Administrator, the various operating departments within the City, and City boards and commissions. Civil Division attorneys (1) attend City Council meetings and meetings of various committees, boards and commissions; (2) draft ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, advisory opinions and other legal documents; (3) process claims brought against the City and its officers and employees; and (4) represent the City and its officers before state and federal judicial and administrative agencies in all civil litigation proceedings.
The Criminal Division prosecutes all petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and some gross misdemeanor criminal cases occurring within the City. The City Attorney does not prosecute any felony cases. (The Olmsted County Attorney prosecutes all felony cases occurring anywhere in Olmsted County.) The City Attorney also provides assistance to victims of criminal offenses.
Victim Information: As the victim of a crime, you may have questions and concerns about the criminal justice process. The City Attorney's Office, through their Victim Witness Liaisons, are available to answer those questions and provide information to increase your level of comfort with and confidence in Minnesota's criminal legal system. Our Victim Witness Liaisons will assist victims throughout the entire court process, from arraignment through sentencing.