Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
Attorneys in the Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit enjoy researching and wrestling with legal and policy issues. The unit works with the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and all agencies of the City in drafting, reviewing, and advising on legislation. That includes research regarding issues arising under the state and federal constitution, state preemption, and the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.
Lawyers in the unit also issue numerous legal opinions—both formal and informal—advising City officials on all manner of legislative interpretation questions. The unit’s Right-to-Know Division advises all City departments regarding public records requests under the Right-to-Know Law and other public disclosure matters and represents the City in connection with appeals filed with the Commonwealth’s Office of Open Records.
Lewis Rosman is Chief Deputy City Solicitor for the Legislation and Legal Counsel Unit of the City of Philadelphia Law Department. He’s been with the City for more than 22 years. He is responsible for drafting and analyzing City and Commonwealth legislation on behalf of the City Administration and members of City Council. He writes and reviews City regulations and Mayor’s Executive Orders. He advises officials in departments throughout the City on the development, interpretation, and implementation of the law, including the Home Rule Charter and state laws affecting the City. From November 2009 through June 2013 he was Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s Director of Legislative Affairs. His responsibilities included coordinating the Administration’s policy development and advocacy regarding local and state legislative matters and supervising the Mayor’s Office of Legislative and Government Affairs. Before coming to the City, he was a litigation and regulatory attorney at the law firms of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia office of Eckert Seamans. He was a law clerk for the Hon. Jan DuBois, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, received a B.A. degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Oberlin College in 1988, and is a graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia (242).