Department of Law
Welcome From the Director
The Department of Law is created in Article 8, Chapter 6, of the Metropolitan Charter. The responsibilities of the department have been organized into three areas: legal services, claims, and insurance. The powers and duties of the department as set out in the Charter or by ordinance are:
- Supervise, direct and control all the law work of the Metropolitan Government;
- Furnish legal advice to the Mayor, the Council, all officers, departments, boards and commissions concerning matters related to their official powers and duties;
- Represent Metro in all litigation;
- Collect all debts, taxes, and accounts due the government;
- Prepare or approve all written instruments including contracts, bonds, deeds, and leases;
- Prepare or assist with the preparation of all ordinances;
- Investigate and handle all claims, and
- Handle all insurance and risk management.
Metropolitan Government is self-insured for most potential losses. Therefore, the Department's work may include the review and settlement of a small claim and extend to complicated litigation carried through an entire appellate procedure. The great majority of the Department's work, both litigation and client services, is handled in-house. On occasion, outside attorneys with a particular expertise are engaged to assist the Department's attorneys. During 2011 the Department received over 241 new litigation matters, more than 337 new Administrative Hearings, over 1453 new contracts for review or preparation, and more than 792 new requests for client advice. The Claims Division received over 1834 new claims for review. At present, there are 31 attorneys, an insurance/claims manager, and 2 claims representatives who are responsible for the performance of these duties. They are assisted by paralegals and other administrative staff.
Our offices are open from 8 AM until 5 PM and we may be reached by e-mail or in person at the Metro Historic Courthouse, Suite 108, Nashville, TN 37219.