The General Litigation group defends the City of Austin and its employees in all civil litigation cases. The types of cases managed by the General Litigation Division include civil rights, contract disputes, personal injury, employment, and land use matters.

The General Litigation group has two claims investigators who investigate and process approximately 700 claims against the City per year.


The City Attorney created the Affirmative Litigation group in November 2008. This Division focuses on protecting the health and safety of Austin citizens. The Affirmative Litigation Division initiates legal action to recover damages to city property, to enforce code requirements, to condemn property needed for a public purpose, to collect delinquent hotel taxes and to protect the environment. The Division also assists Austin Police Department with nuisance abatement cases, and assists the Fair Housing Office with discrimination complaints.

Meghan Riley

General Litigation Division Chief