The Law Department is a unique, full-service legal department that handles all civil legal matters of the county government. The department represents the executive branch and all offices, departments, boards, commissions, and other administrative agencies under the supervision and direction of the County Executive.


Examples of the legal services provided by the Allegheny County Law Department include:

  • Representing the county in all legal proceedings in federal and state courts and administrative agencies
  • Rendering legal advice and opinions on a multitude of diverse legal questions presented by the operation of county government
  • Preparing, reviewing, and approving county contracts, leases, deeds, ordinances and resolutions, and other legal documents
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements and handling grievances and interest arbitrations involving the county's unionized employees
  • Providing oversight of the Allegheny County Law Library

About the Law Department

The Allegheny County Law Department is headed by the County Solicitor. In accordance with the County's Home Rule Charter, the County Solicitor is appointed by the County Executive with the consent of Council. The department handles thousands of cases each year at every level of government, including those held before administrative agencies. The County Solicitor supervises approximately forty assistant solicitors, as well as related administrative support staff who assist the County Solicitor in the discharge of the duties of the office.

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