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Office of the City Attorney

Appointed by City Council, the City Attorney is the lead attorney for the City providing legal counsel and representation to the City Council, City Manager, City government departments and City-appointed boards and commissions.  

The office staff provides legal advice at Council meetings, performs legal research, offers advisory opinions and responds to requests from Council and City staff to draft or review contracts, ordinances and other legal documents.  The office represents the City in litigation and provides assistance to the Risk Management office to retain outside counsel when needed.  

The office supports the City’s Strategic Plan goal of a well-managed city by providing superior quality legal advice and counsel to City Council and City administration in a timely and efficient manner.

The City Attorney’s Office does not provide legal advice to private citizens, on personal or City business.

City Attorney Office Staff

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City Attorney
Patrick W. Baker
Mailing Address
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-4158
(919) 560-4660