Legal Department

About the City Attorney

Donna Edmundson
Donna Edmundson was appointed as City Attorney by Mayor Annise D. Parker in January of 2015.  Ms. Edmundson is the first female to hold the position.  Having begun her career with the City of Houston Legal Department in 1986, she is well suited to lead the department that consists of eight Sections with more than 100 attorneys.  The Office of Inspector General is also under her purview .  Prior to her appointment she served as Chief of the department’s Neighborhood Services Section.

Throughout her career Ms. Edmundson has provided quality legal services on neighborhood issues to elected officials and employees of the various city departments. In addition, she has worked closely with constituents, community organizations, local elected officials and businesses owners to improve the quality of life for all Houstonians.

Ms. Edmundson’s many accomplishments include the aggressive enforcement of deed restrictions, taking legal action against the owners of dangerous buildings and working with the Houston Police Department (HPD) on gang, drug and vice related matters.  Under her leadership voluntary compliance by property owners increased and resulted in savings for the City.  She assisted with the agreement that set new regulations for operators of area topless clubs and provided funding for the creation of a human trafficking unit within the Houston Police Department.

Ms. Edmundson is a proud native Houstonian.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sam Houston State University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.  Ms. Edmundson has been married to her husband, Jay, for almost 29 years.  Their son, Kyle, is a junior in college.