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Our Attorneys

The Office of the City Attorney includes a City Attorney, an Assistant City Attorney, and four groups of specialized attorneys.

City Attorney

Dawn A. McIntosh

Assistant City Attorney

Gary J. Anderson

Departmental Counsel

Led by Principal Deputy City Attorney Rich Anthony, the Departmental Counsel Division provides legal assistance for all City departments, including, but not limited to, drafting contracts, resolutions, ordinances, opinions and other regulations. This Division also provides legal advice to City boards, commissions and committees, including the City Council.

Richard F. Anthony Anita Lakhani Atoy H. Wilson
Eliezer Ben-Shmuel Erin Weesner-McKinley Marsha M. Yasuda
Vanessa S. Ibarra    


Led by Principal Deputy City Attorney Charles Gale, the Harbor division provides legal advice and opinions, drafts contracts, resolutions, ordinances and other regulations for the Board of Harbor Commissioners and the Harbor Department.

Charles M. Gale Thomas Y. Oh  
William R. Baerg Deepika S. Thompson

Sudhir N. Lay


Civil Litigation

Led by Principal Deputy City Attorney, Howard D. Russell, the Litigation division handles all litigation on behalf of the City before judicial and administrative bodies including actions involving personal injury and property damage, civil rights violations, excessive force, constitutional issues, personnel disputes, dangerous conditions of public property, breach of contract and real estate issues.

Howard D. Russell   Nicholas J. Masero Michael A. Swift  
Mark D. Diao  Jennifer J. Moon    
Steven M. Dominguez  Matthew M. Peters    

Workers' Compensation

Led by Principal Deputy City Attorney Anne Lattime, the Workers' Compensation division handles all workers' compensation litigation for the City.

Anne C. Lattime
C. Geoffrey Allred
Katrina R. Pickett