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Katharine L. Elliott

County Counsel
Administration Center
501 Low Gap Road, Room 1030
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 234-6885
Fax: (707) 463-4592
Email

The Office of County Counsel is the legal adviser to the board of supervisors, and shall attend and oppose all claims and accounts against the county he or she deems unjust and illegal. County Counsel shall defend or prosecute all civil actions and proceedings in which the county or any of its officers is concerned or is a party in his or her official capacity. (CA Gov’t Code §§ 26526 & 26529.)

Mendocino County Counsel provides legal advice and representation to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, County officials and their departments. The Office directly serves the Board of Supervisors and works to understand and further the needs and goals of the Board. The Office provides legal guidance, support, and strategies, gives training, drafts and reviews legal documents and opinions, analyzes legislation and resolutions and represents the County in litigation. Upon request, the Office also acts as legal advisor for the Grand Jury and various Special Districts.

Mission Statement

The office of Mendocino County Counsel is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation and advice, in a timely, responsive and cost-effective manner; to assist the County through its governing Board of Supervisors and other departments as needed to promote the public service objectives of Mendocino County, while at the same time protecting the County from risk and loss.

Staff

Office Manager

  • Julianna Chapman

Deputies

  • Christian M. Curtis, Chief Deputy
  • Matthew T. Kiedrowski
  • Brina A. Blanton
  • Douglas V. Parker
  • Charlotte E. Scott
  • Michael J. Makdisi
  • Shannon R. Cox

Public Information

The Office of the County Counsel does not provide legal advice to the general public. If you have suffered personal injury or property damage, which you believe was caused by the County or one of its employees you must first start by filing a claim with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, located at 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010, Ukiah, CA 95482.

Please note that the law governing claims against public entities is complex and has short deadlines. You may need to seek the services of an attorney for your own protection. In any event, you should present your claim without delay. (See California Government Code section 910 et. seq.)

Notice of Claim form

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