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Karl Hall

The City Attorney’s Office serves as the legal adviser to the Mayor, City Council, City departments, and the Reno Redevelopment Agency; represents and defends the City in legal matters; handles all suits on behalf of the City of Reno and any of its departments and agencies; prosecutes violations of City ordinances; and provides counsel to elected officials and client agencies.

Karl Hall, Reno City Attorney

For the past 26 years Karl Hall has served the residents of Washoe County as Chief Deputy District Attorney. During his career, Karl has tried and prosecuted to the highest extent of the law complicated and high profiled cases including elder abuse, robbery and burglary, homicide and death penalty cases.  

Karl was elected as Reno City Attorney in November 2014.  He holds a B.S. from the University of San Diego and a J.D. from California Western School of Law.

Jonathan Shipman, Assistant City Attorney

Jonathan Shipman has been a civil deputy city attorney with the Reno City Attorney’s Office for over 10 years, practicing primarily in the areas of land use, real estate, redevelopment/economic development, finance and public works law.  As Assistant City Attorney, Jon oversees all aspects of the Civil Division. Jon is admitted to practice in Nevada and California, and has represented the City in litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.  Jon received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego.  

Brian Sooudi, Assistant City Attorney

Brian Sooudi has been a prosecutor with the Reno City Attorney’s Office for over 10 years.  As the Chief Criminal Prosecutor for the City of Reno he is responsible for all misdemeanor crimes that occur with the city limits, including but not limited to Domestic Batteries, DUI’s, Misdemeanor Manslaughter, Traffic Violations and Minors Consuming Alcohol as well as being the administrator for the Criminal Division that has a total of five deputy attorneys, two victim advocates, and 4 support staff members.   He has spent countless hours working with the University of Nevada Police Department and the University Administration in helping to implement programs to combat underage drinking.  Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law

About the City Attorney's Office

The Office consists of a Civil Division and a Criminal Division. Each division is supervised by a Chief Deputy City Attorney.

The City Attorney’s Office serves citizens of Reno directly from programs such as domestic violence awareness and cell phone drives for seniors. Explore the links on the side menu to learn more about the role of the City Attorney's Office.

The Reno City Attorney’s Office consists of 17 attorneys, 8 legal secretaries, and three victim advocates.  The following chart delineates the office:


Reno City Attorney's Office

City Attorney
Karl S. Hall


Assistant City Attorney, Civil
Jonathan Shipman

Assistant City Attorney, Criminal
Brian Sooudi


Deputy City Attorney
Rob Bony

Deputy City Attorney
William Cooper

Deputy City Attorney
Angela Gianoli

Deputy City Attorney
Jill Drake


Deputy City Attorney
Mark Dunagan

Deputy City Attorney
Mark Hughs

Deputy City Attorney
Chris Hazlett-Stevens

Deputy City Attorney
Alison Ormaas


Deputy City Attorney
Matthew Jensen

Deputy City Attorney
Susan Ball Rothe

Deputy City Attorney
Mathew Work

Management Assistant
Penelope Colter


Deputy City Attorney
Greg Salter

Deputy City Attorney
Chandeni Sendall

Deputy City Attorney
Irma Aboytes Tanner

Victim Advocate
Victoria Rios


Deputy City Attorney
Julie Towler

Management Assistant
Christine Felch

Victim Advocate
Susanne Ramos

DUI Specialist
Corinne Friedman


Legal Secretary
Terri Strickland

Legal Secretary
Katie Wellman

Victim Advocate
Michelle Sarkisian  

Legal Secretary
Alexa Booth


Senior Legal Secretary
Jill Zarker


Legal Secretary
Jeannie Robison 


Visit the Criminal Division section if you have questions about the following:

  • Received a Citation?
  • Received a Court Notice?
  • Received a Discovery Notice?
  • Received a Subpoena?
  • Requesting Discovery?
  • Filing a Motion?
  • Inquiring About a Case?
  • Questions About Court?
  • Race to End Domestic Violence 5K and 10K Event

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