City of Philadelphia

Welcome to the Law Department


Welcome to the City of Philadelphia Law Department's Web Page.


 Under the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, the City Solicitor is the chief legal officer and counselor for the City.  The City Solicitor represents the Mayor, and his Administration, City Council and more than 30 City departments, commissions and agencies.  The City Solicitor is a member of the Mayor's Cabinet, and manages the Law Department.


The City of Philadelphia Law Department is responsible for providing legal advice to all officers, departments, boards, and commissions within the City concerning any matter arising in connection with the exercise of their official powers.  Included within this responsibility is the collection of all fines, taxes and other debts owed the City, the representation of the City and its officers in litigation, the preparation of ordinances for introduction in City Council, and the negotiation and preparation of City contracts.


I hope you find our Web page to be helpful.

Shelley R. Smith, City Solicitor




City Solicitor
First Deputy City Solicitor
Chair, Corporate and Tax
Chair, Litigation Group
Chair, Social Services Law Group