City Attorney


2400 Washington Ave.
9th Floor, City Hall
Newport News, VA 23607




The Office of the City Attorney is the legal advisor of City Council, the City Manager and all City departments, boards, commissions and agencies, including the School Board, in all matters affecting the interests of the City.

The City Attorney’s Office also:

  • Prepares ordinances and examines any ordinance after introduction to render an opinion as to the form and legality thereof.
  • Prepares, reviews, or approves all bonds, deeds, leases, contracts, memoranda of understanding and other instruments to which the City is a party or in which it has an interest.
  • Represents the City as counsel in any civil case in which it has an interest, including matters before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, EEOC, ABC Board, and others.
  • Prosecutes certain violations of the City Code and represents the City when the constitutionality or validity of any ordinance is brought into issue.

The City Attorney's Office is not permitted to give legal advice or provide legal services to individuals with private/personal legal issues.

Name Title Email Phone Additional Phone
Owens Jr., Collins L. City Attorney 757-926-8416