Corporation Counsel's Message

Corporation Counsel's Message

Corporation Counsel Georgia M. Pestana

Welcome to the Law Department's website. I've had the honor of representing New York City since I graduated law school in 1987. I never thought one day I'd be Corporation Counsel, and I'm proud to be the first woman and Latina to hold this role.


At the Law Department, we handle many novel, complex legal issues. Our attorneys and support professionals represent the City, its numerous agencies and its employees in all affirmative and defensive civil litigation, in juvenile prosecutions in the City’s Family Courts, and through advising on legislative and transactional matters. Our work impacts nearly every day-to-day aspect of New York City, including education, housing, environmental protection, transportation, juvenile justice and civil rights, among others. At the same time, we recognize that opposing parties are also our citizens whose claims should be heard and decided fairly.


For those considering a public service career, the Law Department offers unparalleled, hands-on experience, along with in-depth training and supportive supervision. Moreover, the work is as rewarding as it is challenging. It's a truly fulfilling place where you can grow as a professional, serve your community and gain immeasurable satisfaction.


I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our priorities, accomplishments and what we do.

Georgia M. Pestana
Corporation Counsel of the City of New York

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