On-Call Legal Services

General Civil Litigation and Municipal Litigation:

The City Attorney’s Office is seeking attorneys or law firms interested in providing legal representation to the City and/or its officers, employees, or agents in various civil or municipal litigation matters.  The City Attorney’s Office anticipates creating a list of qualified attorneys or law firms for referral of specific matters.  Being designated as a qualified attorney or law firm does not imply that an attorney or firm will be assigned a matter.

Representation of Boards and Commissions:

The City Attorney’s Office is seeking attorneys or law firms interested in providing legal representation to various Boards and Commissions of the City. The City Attorney’s Office anticipates that the representation will include, but not be limited to, the following tasks:

  • Represent and advise the assigned Board or Commission in all matters pertaining to the duties of the Board or Commission.
  • Attend regular (and special) meetings of the Board or Commission when requested.
  • To be available to the Board or Commission for telephone or electronic consultation when needed.
  • Render written legal opinions on issues related to the duties of the Board or Commission.
  • Review and advise on reports or other written work of the Board or Commission as necessary.
  • Review ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents that may affect the work of the Board or Commission.
  • When requested, provide training to new and continuing members of the Board or Commission when that training is necessary to accomplish the work of the Board or Commission.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the chair of the Board or Commission or the City Attorney’s Office.

Legal, Demography, and GIS Services for Election Redistricting

The City is seeking a service provider to assist with its decennial redistricting process.  The City envisions that the service provider will provide legal, demography, and GIS (Geographic Information System) services.  It is expected that more than one firm may work together jointly on a single Proposal. It is strongly preferred that the lead company or prime contractor for any Proposal be a law firm with attorneys licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina.  While the City is flexible with respect to certain elements of the Project, the City has specific requirements and preferences for the Services.

​Charlotte has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and 11 council members elected every two years in November. The mayor and four council members are elected at-large by a city-wide vote. Seven council members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district.  Elections typically occur in odd-numbered years (e.g., 2017, 2019), and the City was due to have Council elections in November of 2021.

The City generally engages in the redistricting process for the seven districts after the release of the decennial census conducted by the U.S. government.  However, the census data for 2020 has been delayed, making the redistricting process impracticable.  As a result, the state legislature enacted legislation, S.L. 2021-56, to delay the regular November 2021 elections until April 2022.  The 2020 Census data is expected to be provided by the U.S. Census Bureau in September 2021.  Per S.L. 2021-56, the City is required to complete redistricting by November 12, 2021, and if this date cannot be met, then by December 17, 2021.  Candidates must file for elections shortly after the redistricting is complete, with primary elections scheduled for March 8, 2022.