Core Services

The Law Department is divided into seven sections or divisions which perform different functions:

The Litigation Section defends the City against all lawsuits in which the City is a party. This includes representing the City at all levels of the Commonwealth and Federal Court Systems. The four primary areas of law involved in these actions are:

  • Tort
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment
  • Construction.

The General Municipal Section provides a variety of services including:

  • defense of ordinances against claims of unconstitutionality
  • preparation and review of all City contracts
  • bankruptcy claims
  • cable television matters.
  • real estate questions
  • environmental matters
  • other proceedings before regulatory agencies.

The Tax Division handles counseling the Department of Finance on matters regarding City taxation.

The Zoning & Planning Section provides services including:

The Zoning & Planning Section provides services including:

  • advising the Department of Planning
  • responding to the Zoning Board of Adjustment as required by the Code

The Law Department also participates in certain zoning proceedings deemed of vital interest to the City.

The Claims Division processes claims and recommends payment or settlement in proper cases.

The Office of Labor Relations is responsible for all labor negotiations and contract administration for the nine collective bargaining units representing various City employees.

The Real Estate Division processes all legal transactions related to the acquisition/sale and resale of property acquired by the City of Pittsburgh through Treasurer's Sales for delinquent real estate taxes via the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. This division handles title problems such as:

  • real estate
  • assists taxpayers with redemption of property, etc.