Legal Department


Mission Statement


The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence to the following guiding principles:


  • Quality & Service – Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients,
  • Partnership & Teamwork – Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City’s goals,
  • Integrity & Candor – Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior,
  • Dignity & Diversity – Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual,
  • Innovation & Imagination – Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City’s objectives.


The Legal Department is headed by the City Attorney, David Feldman.

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Office of Inspector General


Mayor’s Executive Order 1-39, revised 3/1/2011, authorizes the Office of Inspector General, a Section of the Office of the City Attorney, to investigate allegations of employee misconduct.  Employee misconduct, within the scope of the order is an act, intentionally committed by a City employee, relating directly or indirectly to the employee’s employment with the City, and violating a state or federal law, a City Ordinance, an Executive Order, and Administrative Procedure, or a Mayor’s Policy. The Inspector General and members of that office, all of whom are not employed by HPD, will serve as confidential ombudsmen to assist citizens in filing of complaints of misconduct against police officers.



Deed Restrictions


This page is dedicated to expanding the public’s knowledge of how the Legal Department’s Deed Restriction Enforcement Team can assist Houston residents and neighborhoods.  The section entitled PROVING A DEED RESTRICTION VIOLATION explains to potential complainants what information the City needs to investigate a complaint.  There is also a section entitled FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS addressing deed restriction issues and a section regarding the DEED RESTRICTION COMPLAINT FORM for use in reporting alleged violations of deed restrictions.  Finally, there is also a section containing a deed restriction violation activity log to assist in the documentation of suspected deed restriction violations.






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About the City Attorney


David Feldman


David M. Feldman was born August 19, 1949, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from LSU (1970) and a J.D., summa cum laude, from South Texas College of Law (1976).  Feldman served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer from 1970 to 1972, and was employed at the NASA-Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center from 1972 to 1976.



Contact the Legal Department


City of Houston Legal Department
900 Bagby, 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
PHONE: 832.393.6491
E-Mail the City Attorney:


City of Houston Legal Department
P.O. Box 368
Houston, TX 77001-0368


The links below are .pdf files


Outside Legal Counsel Policy

City of Houston Procurement ManualHousing Dept RFP - Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (“CDBG-DR”)Justice Complex RFQEthics for City Employees

Internships / Externships



Currently, the Legal Department has internship and externship positions available for law school students during the fall, spring, and summer.