Department of Law Divisions

Civil Division

Litigation: Represents the City in matters pending in various forums, including matters involving civil-rights and police misconduct claims, contracts and construction disputes, environmental issues, and First-Amendment matters. It defends the City in negligence actions and pursues claims where the City is a victim of property damage.

Labor and Employment: Counsels City departments on labor and employment matters, defends departments in employment litigation and administrative hearings, and negotiates with labor unions.

Health, Environment, Port Control, & Utilities: Protects the health of residents and the environment, and provides environmental support for Brownfield projects and development at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. In addition, this section counsels and represents the City's electric and water utilities and airports.

Code Enforcement: Fights for residents' quality of life through enforcement of the City's housing, building, fire, health, and zoning codes.

Legislation and Finance: Counsels the City regarding municipal law and finances, drafts legislation and contracts, and prosecutes tax cases.

Real Estate and Development: Helps the City's economic-development efforts by counseling and crafting real-estate and development transactions for job creation.

Public Safety: Counsels the Department of Public Safety in all areas of law.

Criminal Division

1200 Ontario Street
Justice Center, 8th Floor
Cleveland OH 44113

Also known as the "Prosecutors' Office," this division prosecutes misdemeanor crimes, including domestic violence, assault, traffic offenses, and theft. Prosecutors also review (or recommend County review) of incidents that may be felonies. Prosecutors review police use of deadly force and internal investigations to determine whether prosecution is fitting. Mediators in this division assist in disputes between citizens in order to prevent the disputes from turning into criminal matters