Law Department

  1. Governor signs bill providing legal protection for employers, essential workers

    Legislation signed by Governor Mike DeWine on Sept. 16, 2020, ensures liability protection for employers and essential with respect to the spread of COVID-19. House Bill 606 applies retroactively and through September 2021. Read on...
  2. Ohio issues statewide mask mandate

    Facial coverings are now required in public throughout the State of Ohio, per an order issued on July 23 by Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Interim Director Lance D. Himes. Click to read the full Director’s Order
  3. Judge sides with Westlake in dispute with City of Cleveland

    Judge Michael Shaughnessy of the Court of Common Pleas ruled in favor of the City of Westlake on Tuesday, July 21, in the case of City of Westlake v. City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Case No. CV-12-782910. Read on...
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The Law Department represents the City in all legal matters and pursues and defends all actions on behalf of the City or against the City in all Ohio and United States courts or agencies - from filing through discovery, trial and any necessary appellate work.

Department Responsibilities


  • Works with the Mayor, City Council and the Administration to ensure enforcement of the Codified Ordinances and Charter of the City of Westlake
  • Prepares ordinances and resolutions for passage by the legislative body
  • Prepares easements and other related documents for large public improvement projects
  • Prepares and reviews all contracts for tax abatements, necessary services and supplies, cooperative agreements with other political subdivisions, cellular tower co-location agreements, lease agreements, land purchase agreements, and miscellaneous contracts and agreements
  • Attends Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Civil Service, Council Committee, Staff and other miscellaneous meetings as requested
  • Provides daily rendering of legal opinions and advice to Council, Mayor, and Administration
  • Continually updates and improves the Codified Ordinances of the City of Westlake
  • Prosecutes all actions on behalf of the City of Westlake in Rocky River Municipal Court, as well as provides legal opinions, advice and support to the Police Department
  • Monitors the City's Land Bank program
  • Processes all tax exempt land applications on behalf of the City
  • Administers the City's gas and electric aggregation programs
  • Acts as the consumer complaint division for cable television
  • ADA Grievance Procedure
  • Department of Law attorneys are not permitted to give personal legal advice. Those needing legal advice or assistance should contact private attorneys or the Legal Aid Society