The City Attorney, Douglas L. Guynn, generally is responsible for the overall control and management of all legal business of the City and is an adviser to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and various boards and departments of the City. Mr. Guynn also serves as general counsel to the Staunton School Board. The City Attorney does not advise private citizens on legal matters; citizens and others should consult with their own legal counsel and may consider the legal resources listed below.
As City Attorney, Mr. Guynn regularly monitors and guides legal work performed by outside legal counsel, including legal counsel retained by the City's legal risk management program and other City-engaged outside counsel. Although the City Attorney does advise on some criminal law facets of City law enforcement operations, the Commonwealth Attorney is responsible for prosecuting criminal matters and advising the City’s police department on criminal law procedures.
The City Attorney's office includes a paralegal, Linda L. Little. She also serves in a dual role as Clerk of Council. Ms. Little is a certified municipal clerk, having earned that distinction by education, experience and service. She works in close collaboration with the City Manager and City departmental directors and with the office of the division superintendent of Staunton City Schools.
Pending Legal Proceedings
Like any other municipality, despite legal risk management to avoid claims and litigation, the City may have litigation pending at various times. See below for selected references in City litigation and other matters:
- Brief for the Supreme Court of Virginia: Belloni v. Angle
- Petition for Writ of Special Election
- Writ of Special Election
Citizens seeking legal assistance may contact the following:
- Blue Ridge Legal Services, 540.433.1830
- Virginia Lawyer Referral Service, 804.775.0808 or 1.800.552.7977 (toll-free)
- Virginia State Bar Pro Bono, 804.775.0500