Dallas City Attorney

The Contracts and Benefits Section consists of seven attorneys. Members of this section have expertise and represent the City in a broad variety of areas of law including municipal, construction, economic development, general contract, telecommunications, environmental, water, procurement, real property, copyright, bankruptcy, tax, pension, and employee benefits matters.Attorneys in the section prepare tax abatement and economic development agreements, prepare legal opinions for city staff, board and commission members and city council members, prepare construction, architect and engineering services contracts, consult with city staff on major and minor legal matters, provide legal support to city boards and commissions; review, analyze, and negotiate contract claims against the City.Two of the attorneys handle pension, deferred compensation, and employee benefits matters for the city's four retirement and pension plans with total assets of $4 billion, serving more than 13,000 employees and their beneficiaries. They also advise and counsel the Department of Human Resources and Office of Financial Services on the health benefits program, life insurance, Section 125, Cafeteria Plan, general payroll tax administration, and employee benefit issues involving retired, terminated or deceased employees.