What we do


The Legal Services Department is dedicated to supporting the mission, direction and goals of the City Council by providing high quality legal services to the City of Asheville.


About the Department

 

The Legal Services Department advises and represents the City of Asheville in all settings where legal advice and representation are needed or requested.  The department provides advice to City Council, the city manager, city departments, and boards and commissions.  The goals of the department include:

 

  • Implement city goals and objectives through appropriate legal processes.
  • Assist in the development and presentation of legislative programs.
  • Initiate or defend legal action as necessary in support of city goals and objectives.
  • Provide research and advice to City Council in support of Council initiatives.
  • Provide continued high quality legal service to internal as well as external customers.
  • Provide or arrange for effective legal representation for all lawsuits.

Disclaimer

The City Attorney’s Office advises City Council and City departments. Unfortunately, due to constraints imposed by the State Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct, the City Attorney’s Office cannot provide legal advice to members of the general public, or answer questions regarding City Ordinances or regulations. If you have a need for legal advice, you should consult with a licensed attorney. Factual inquiries or feedback about City matters may be directed to the City’s Communications and Public Engagement department.

 


 

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Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to block the City from removing the Vance Monument

Removal of the Vance Monument can proceed, after Buncombe County Superior Court Judge Alan Thornburg granted the City’s Motion to Dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group seeking to block the City’s planned removal of the monument.   Following Asheville City Council’s March 23 vote authorizing demolition of the 75-foot obelisk on Pack Square, The Society for [...]

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City of Asheville to donate funds from class action lawsuit to two local organizations

  The City of Asheville will make significant donations to two local nonprofits as part of a legal settlement to disperse funds acquired prior to a 2018 class action lawsuit involving the City’s capital fee collected as part of the combined utility statement.   The lawsuit claimed that property developers had paid these fees to [...]

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Judge denies motion to halt removal of Vance Monument

  Removal of the Vance Monument can proceed, following a March 29 ruling by Buncombe County Superior Court Judge Steven Warren to deny a motion calling for a temporary restraining order to prevent its removal.   Following Asheville City Council’s March 23 vote authorizing demolition of the 75-foot obelisk on Pack Square, The Society for the Historical Preservation [...]