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Mission Statement


The Civil Division provides a full range of legal services to the City of Reno. The Civil Division represents the City in litigation ranging from simple personal injury cases to complex civil rights litigation and wrongful death cases.


The division also serves as in-house counsel for the City Council, all City boards, commissions, and departments.  The division provides legal advice on a day to day basis ranging from answering simple questions to drafting and reviewing complex legal documents. The division also serves as legal counsel to the Redevelopment Agency.


Scroll below to learn more about the different sections of the Civil Division:

Administration

The Administration Section provides legal advice and guidance to the offices of the City Clerk; Finance; Communications and Technology; Management and Budget; Civil Service; and Human Resources.

Furthermore, the section advises the Human Resources Department and other city departments on employment issues, reviews administrative directive and personnel rule changes and assists city departments in employment related investigations.

Attorneys:

CIVIL ASSIGNMENT

ASSIGNED ATTORNEY(S)

City Clerk

Robert Bony bonyr@reno.gov

William Cooper williamc@reno.gov

Finance

Chandeni Sendall sendallc@reno.gov

Matthew Jensen jensenm@reno.gov

Communications & Technology

Mark Dunagan dunaganm@reno.gov

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov

Office of Management & Budget

Chandeni Sendall sendallc@reno.gov

Matthew Jensen jensenm@reno.gov

Civil Service (per city charter § 3.060)

Karl Hall hallk@reno.gov

Susan Ball Rothe rothes@reno.gov

Human Resources

Mark Dunagan dunaganm@reno.gov

William Cooper williamc@reno.gov

Industrial Relations/Collective Bargaining

William Cooper williamc@reno.gov

Mark Dunagan dunaganm@reno.gov


Civil Litigation

The Litigation Section is responsible for handling all civil litigation for the City of Reno.

Attorneys:


CIVIL ASSIGNMENT

ASSIGNED ATTORNEY(S)

Civil Litigation

William Cooper williamc@reno.gov

Mark Dunagan dunaganm@reno.gov

Mark Hughs hughsm@reno.gov

Matthew Jensen jensenm@reno.gov

Chandeni Sendall sendallc@reno.gov

Risk Management

Mark Hughs hughsm@reno.gov

Karl Hall hallk@reno.gov


Community and Development Services

The Community and Development Services Division provides legal advice and guidance to the following City departments and offices: Business License; Community Assistance Center; Community Development; Economic Development and Redevelopment; Housing and Neighborhood Development; Public Works; Real Estate; and Parks, Recreation & Community Services.

Attorneys:

CIVIL ASSIGNMENT

ASSIGNED ATTORNEY(S)

Business License

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov

Matthew Jensen jensenm@reno.gov

Community Assistance Center

Mark Dunagan dunaganm@reno.gov

Chandeni Sendall sendallc@reno.gov

Community Development

Greg Salter salterg@reno.gov

Chandeni Sendall sendallc@reno.gov

Economic Development & Redevelopment

Greg Salter salterg@reno.gov

Chandeni Sendall sendallc@reno.gov

Housing and Neighborhood Development

Greg Salter salterg@reno.gov

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov

Public Works

Susan Ball Rothe rothes@reno.gov

Matthew Jensen jensenm@reno.gov

Real Estate

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov

Greg Salter salterg@reno.gov

Mark Hughs hughsm@reno.gov

Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov

Susan Ball Rothe rothes@reno.gov


Executive Services

The Executive Services Section serves as the legal adviser to the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager as wells as the Offices of Communications and Community Engagement, and Special Events.  

Attorneys:

CIVIL ASSIGNMENT

ASSIGNED ATTORNEY(S)

Mayor and City Council

Karl Hall hallk@reno.gov

Jonathan Shipman shipmanj@reno.gov

City Manager’s Office

Karl Hall hallk@reno.gov

Jonathan Shipman shipmanj@reno.gov

Office of Communications & Community Engagement

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov

Susan Ball Rothe rothes@reno.gov

Special Events Office

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov

Matthew Jensen jensenm@reno.gov


Public Safety

The Public Safety Section serves as general legal counsel to the Reno Police Department and the Reno Fire Department. The attorneys advise officers on a variety of topics, including laws of arrest, searches and constitutional issues.

The Public Safety Section also handles claims and defends lawsuits involving allegations of federal civil rights violations and state-law torts allegedly committed by any city employee. The section handles the lawsuits from initial service of process on the city or employee through final disposition, including appeal.

Attorneys:


CIVIL ASSIGNMENT

ASSIGNED ATTORNEY(S)

Police Department

Brian Sooudi sooudib@reno.gov

Mark Dunagan dunaganm@reno.gov

Robert Bony bonyr@reno.gov

Fire Department

Robert Bony bonyr@reno.gov

Mark Dunagan dunaganm@reno.gov

Code Compliance

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov

Matthew Jensen jensenm@reno.gov

Municipal Court—Advisory Only

Mark Dunagan dunaganm@reno.gov

William Cooper williamc@reno.gov

Emergency Management

Karl Hall hallk@reno.gov

Julie Towler towlerj@reno.gov


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