The City Attorney, Douglas L. Guynn, serves as general counsel 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 and, now recently, as to the City's Economic Development Authority. The City Attorney's Office, however, 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 also 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 and other first-responder operations, the Commonwealth Attorney is responsible for prosecuting criminal matters and advising the City’s police department on criminal law procedures.

Learn more about Mr. Guynn.


The City Attorney's office includes a paralegal, Robin Wallace. Under the direction of the City Attorney, 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 in managing legal support. She provides important administrative legal direction and coordination in collaboration with City and School Division leaders, with guidance by the City Attorney.

Read more about Ms. Wallace.

Information Related to COVID-19

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:

Legal Resources

Citizens seeking legal assistance may contact the following:

Local & State Ordinances and Regulations

These links are provided for citizens merely as a convenience and for informational purposes only. They do not create an attorney-client relationship, do not constitute legal advice, and do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Staunton City Attorney's Office or the City of any of the positions, work product, services or opinions of the organization or individual or any duty to updates these links. The City Attorney's Office disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of any website or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site source for answers to questions regarding content.

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