Office of the City Attorney
We serve Palo Alto and its policy makers by providing legal representation of the highest quality.
Welcome to the Office of the City Attorney for the City of Palo Alto.
The City Attorney serves as chief legal counsel to Palo Alto’s city government, including the City Council, City Manager and operating departments, and all appointed boards and commissions. The City Attorney’s Office focuses on the legal risks and options associated with City actions, and investigates and administers all liability claims against the City. The City Attorney also has the authority to enforce the Palo Alto Municipal Code and to defend and resolve litigation against the City.
Molly S. Stump was appointed City Attorney in April 2011. Ms. Stump is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and Pomona College in Claremont, California. Ms. Stump joined the City of Palo Alto after 15 years in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. During her tenure there, she served most recently as general counsel for San Francisco International Airport, Previously, she was supervisor for San Francisco's public protection team, working as chief counsel to the Police Commission and the chief of police. She also worked on the general governmental team and the labor and employment team, defending San Francisco in employment litigation and negotiating labor agreements.
Molly S. Stump, City Attorney
Terence Howzell, Chief Assistant City Attorney
Sandra Lee, Assistant City Attorney
Cassie Coleman, Assistant City Attorney
Amy Bartell, Assistant City Attorney
Albert Yang, Deputy City Attorney
Timothy Shimizu, Deputy City Attorney
Claire Aylin Bilir, Deputy City Attorney
Stacy Lavelle, Sr. Management Analyst
Tricia Hoover, Secretary to the City Attorney/Claims Investigator
Katherine Ramirez Vargas, Sr. Legal Secretary
- Claim Form and Instructions