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 Administrator and other City officials and employees on a broad range of issues. 

Led by City Attorney Amanda Jackson, the Office of the City Attorney consists of one full-time attorney and one full-time paralegal, who prosecute cases in Municipal Court and represent the City in state and federal courts, retaining outside counsel when needed.

The Office of the City Attorney drafts and reviews ordinances and resolutions, contracts, real estate leases, intergovernmental agreements and other documents and legal instruments. The Office monitors risk exposure and advises on policy development and program implementation. The City attorney advocates and negotiates on behalf of the City and provides training to elected officials, City boards and commissions and City employees on a broad spectrum of law-related topics.

The Office also advises City officials in a variety of subject areas, including environmental law; constitutional law; civil rights; employee benefits; public records requests and records management; personnel and labor law issues; tort claims; workers compensation; construction law; land use planning; equity, diversity and affirmative action; revenue and taxation; policing; fire, rescue and emergency services; code enforcement; housing; elections; telecommunications franchises and utilities; and collection of revenues owed to the City.

The Office of the City Attorney is not permitted to represent or provide legal advice to citizens. Citizens who need legal advice should contact a private attorney or visit the La Crosse County Bar Association Free Legal Clinic, which provides free legal advice on the third Wednesday evening of every month from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The City Attorney provides legal advice and legal services to the City, represents the City in all legal matters, and prosecutes all ordinance violations.

The City Attorney cannot give legal advice to members of the public.