Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit

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 formulating legislation. That includes research regarding issues arising under the state or 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.

Leadership

Richie Feder
Chief Deputy and Counsel to Solicitor

Richie Feder is a 1987, summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Becker, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Richie supervises the unit and serves as counsel to the solicitor. Until 2016, Richie was head of the Law Department’s Appeals Unit, where he served for 18 years.

Name Job title Phone #
Tracey Beard Administrative Technician
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 683-5017
Russell Crotts Assistant City Solicitor
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 683-5025
Nora Day Legal Assistant
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 832-2113
Roberto Fernandez Assistant City Solicitor
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 683-5227
Jill Freeman Deputy City Solicitor
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 683-5457
Martha Johnston Senior Attorney
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 683-5008
Robert Kieffer Assistant City Solicitor
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 683-5032
Jo Rosenberger Altman Divisional Deputy City Solicitor
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 683-5021
Lewis Rosman Senior Attorney
Legislation & Legal Counsel Unit
(215) 683-5009
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