The Office of the City Attorney represents the City as a municipal corporation. The City Attorney is responsible for representational advice to the City Council, the Successor Agency to the Duarte Redevelopment Agency, Boards, Commission and all City officer and staff in all matters of law pertaining to the City.
These responsibilities include, but are not limited to: attending City Council, Planning Commission and other board meetings as needed; handling other assignments involving necessary legal work; and weekly agenda preparation and review of items that come before City Council. In addition, the City Attorney handles civil litigation in which the City or Agency is involved.
In April 2014, the City Council selected the law firm of Rutan & Tucker, to serve as the contract City Attorney. Rutan is a full service law firm with over 160 attorneys practicing. Jeff Melching, a partner in the Government and Regulatory Law section, serves as the City Attorney. Jeff has drafted and negotiated many agreements and other contractual instruments that typically accompany land use entitlement, public works and other municipal projects. In addition, Jeff provides telecommunications advice to various clients throughout California in both entitlement and litigation contexts.
Jeff earned his J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.