Law Department

Providing legal advice and services to City departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and elected officials.

Law Department

What we do

Employing nearly 300 people, including almost 200 attorneys, The Law Department represents the City in litigation and in contractual and regulatory matters.

The Law Department:

  • Represents the City’s interests in litigation.
  • Negotiates, drafts, and approves City contracts.
  • Assists the City in collecting unpaid taxes, fines, and other debts.
  • Counsels City departments, agencies, boards, and commissions on regulatory compliance.
  • Represents the City in child welfare and health matters.
  • Prepares legislation for introduction in City Council.


1515 Arch St.
17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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You can find more about the Law Department on the City's legacy pages.


Kenneth S. Butensky
Chief Deputy City Solicitor
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Jon Houlon
Chief Deputy City Solicitor
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Marcel S. Pratt
Marcel S. Pratt
City Solicitor
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Craig M. Straw
First Deputy City Solicitor
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Diana Cortes
Chair, Litigation Group
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Valerie Robinson
Chair, Corporate Group
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Andrew Richman
Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff Andrew Richman (he/him) has worked for the City of Philadelphia Law Department since 2009. He has served in his current position, as chief of staff, since January 2016, when he served under City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante.  From 2009 to 2015, Andrew worked in the Code & Public Nuisance Litigation Unit, as both an assistant and deputy city solicitor. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and his law degree from Temple University in 2009.

Iveliz Crespo
Director of Professional Development, Diversity and Inclusion
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Steve Ludovico
Director of Administrative Services
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