City Attorney's Office
City Attorney's Civil Office MS-1077
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211
Hours of Operation
To provide excellent legal work to protect the interests of the City and its citizens, and to create a great working atmosphere in order to attract and maintain the most qualified employees.
Meet the City Attorney
Jim Smith is the Mesa City Attorney. Prior to becoming the City Attorney, Jim was a Deputy City Attorney and has been with the City of Mesa since October 2003.
Prior to joining the City, Jim was an Assistant Attorney General with the Arizona Office of Attorney General; Deputy County Attorney with the Office of the Maricopa County Attorney; and practiced law with two private firms in Phoenix.
Jim has a law degree from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University.
The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and works at the direction of the City Council. The City Attorney supervises the entire City Attorney’s office, which includes the City Prosecutor, three Deputy City Attorneys, and approximately 58 staff attorneys and staff members.
The City Attorney acts as chief legal counsel to the City Council, City Manager, and various City departments and staff. In addition, the City Attorney reviews and approves proposed City ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other legal documents. He oversees property acquisition needed for public improvements, prepares legal opinions for City Council and other City staff, and oversees the litigation involving the City.