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City Attorney's Office

The City Attorney’s Office, led by City Attorney Joseph McDougall, advises the City Council, Commissions, Boards, City Officers, and staff on legal issues. In addition, they support the City’s legal positions on several topics at the local, state, and national levels. They also represent the City in civil lawsuits and protect the community by prosecuting crimes committed within the City​​​​.

Read our Mission Statement to learn about our goals.


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Contact Information

City Hall map275 E. Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502

Monday - Friday, 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Main Office: (818) 238-5700
Fax: (818) 238-5724
Email City Attorney
Prosecution: (818) 238-5703
Prosecution Email: [email protected]

Please Note:  The City of Burbank does not accept service of process via email without a prior agreement. Therefore, emails sent to the City of Burbank do not constitute proper legal service of process under the California Code of Civil Procedure, California Rules of Court, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Local Rules and/or California Government Code. 

The Departmental Services & Administration Unit provides internal legal services to City departments and the City Council. 

The Litigation Unit represents and defends the City in adversarial proceedings. 

The Prosecution Unit prosecutes misdemeanor crimes committed in the City of Burbank. 
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