City of Madison

City of Madison Attorney



The City Attorney will provide professional legal representation to the City of Madison as an entity, including ordinance enforcement, legislative counsel services and general counsel services.

Goals and Objectives

As the City's lawyers, the Office of the City Attorney engages in three major activities.

  • First, we prosecute violations of the City's laws, enforcing ordinances adopted by the Common Council,
  • Second, we provide legislative counsel, drafting and revising the City's code of ordinances and advising the Common Council and City Boards, Committees and Commissions on the meaning of legislative enactments.
  • Third, we provide general legal counsel and representation to the City, drafting documents, advising City officials and managers on compliance with the law, representing the City in court, negotiating on the City's behalf, and otherwise using legal procedures to support and defend the lawful decisions of City officials and agencies.

As attorneys for the City of Madison, the Office of the City Attorney does not provide legal advice to the general public.

City Attorney Michael May
Michael May,
City Attorney