Legal Department


Phone: 337-291-8015

City-Parish Attorney: Patrick S. Ottinger



The City-Parish Attorney is responsible for providing legal representation and support services to all areas of the City-Parish Government, including:

  • Serving as chief legal advisor to the City-Parish President, the Consolidated Council and all governmental departments, commissions, offices and agencies.
  • Reporting directly to the City-Parish President as appropriate relative to the legal matters of the City-Parish Government.
  • Representing Consolidated Government in all legal proceedings and other matters.
  • Preparation or approval of contracts or other agreements to which the Consolidated Government or any of its departments, commissions, offices or agencies is a party.   
  • Directing the activities of the Legal Department and its staff in order to discharge the duties assigned to the City-Parish Attorney.
  • Meeting its staffing needs with part-time contract attorneys who serve as Assistant City-Parish Attorneys in order to provide legal services as requested or directed by the City-Parish Attorney.
  • Working through the City Prosecutor’s office to prosecute all matters brought before Lafayette City Court.
  • Ensuring the highest levels of professionalism and efficiency in legal services provided to all City-Parish Government departments, commissions, offices and agencies, and generating positive results through effective legal representation.
  • Maintaining internal controls to regulate the activities of the Legal Department.

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