Our civil and criminal divisions perform legal services and prosecute crimes. We also manage several programs and initiatives.

Civil Division

Our Civil Division teams provides legal services to the City's:

  • Elected officials and staff
  • Departments
  • Independent boards and commissions

The Client Services Team

This team provides a range of legal services and advice to the City’s elected officials, boards and commissions, and all City departments. To provide best-in-class legal services, we:

  • Draft City ordinances to policy advice
  • Negotiate and draft complex development agreements
  • Advise on constitutional protections

The Litigation Team

This team represents the City of Minneapolis in administrative proceedings and in federal and state court to:

  • Hold landlords accountable
  • Defend against challenges to City ordinances and policies
  • Advocate for Minneapolis and its residents

Criminal Division

Our Criminal Division prosecutes crimes committed by adults in the City of Minneapolis, including:

  • Misdemeanors
  • Gross misdemeanors
  • Petty misdemeanors

Victim/witness specialist program

We support victims and witnesses involved in the cases we prosecute.

Learn about our victim/witness specialists

Diversion programs

We manage several diversion programs for offenders.

Learn about our diversion programs

Public safety initiatives

We develop and implement smart public safety initiatives that:

  • Seek the best long-term outcomes, not by measuring the number of convictions and the severity of sentences
  • Address the underlying needs of chronic offenders
  • Use treatment courts and effective programming for other offenders
  • Divert offenders with minor offenses to resolutions outside traditional prosecution

Diversion programs

We have many programs to help offenders avoid criminal charges today by learning how to avoid future offenses.

Contact us

City Attorney's Office




City Hall
350 Fifth St. S.
Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.*
Monday through Friday

*Office hours reduced due to COVID

See list of City holidays