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Do I need an attorney to deal with the Office of the City Attorney?

Whether to employ an attorney is entirely up to you. The attorneys for the City of Tuscaloosa will gladly speak to citizens who are not represented by a lawyer. If you are represented by an attorney on the issue in question, the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Alabama State Bar generally require city attorneys to speak to only your lawyer about the matter unless your lawyer consents to your speaking directly with the City’s lawyer. Although City Attorneys always seek to treat everyone professionally and fairly, please keep in mind that they represent the legal interests of the City, not of individual citizens.