What we do
Employing nearly 300 people, including almost 200 attorneys, The Law Department represents the City in litigation and in contractual and regulatory matters.
The Law Department:
- Represents the City’s interests in litigation.
- Negotiates, drafts, and approves City contracts.
- Assists the City in collecting unpaid taxes, fines, and other debts.
- Counsels City departments, agencies, boards, and commissions on regulatory compliance.
- Represents the City in child welfare and health matters.
- Prepares legislation for introduction in City Council.
1515 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 683-5001
Sozi Pedro Tulante is the city solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. He was appointed by Mayor Kenney and confirmed by City Council in February 2016. As city solicitor, he is Philadelphia's chief legal officer. In that role, he manages the nearly 200 lawyers and 300 total staff in the Philadelphia Law Department and, along with the department’s lawyers, represents the City in all lawsuits, advises the Mayor, City Council, and all departments, agencies, and commissions of the City. He is also a lecturer-in-law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Before joining the City, he spent five years as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, where he represented the government in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Prior to entering government service, he was a partner at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, concentrating in general commercial litigation. He began his legal career as an associate at Goodwin Procter in Boston and then clerked for the late Hon. Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Tulante graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2001, and received his bachelor’s in 1997, cum laude, from Harvard College, where he was recognized with a John Harvard Scholarship. He is a proud graduate of Philadelphia’s public schools and attended Mary McLeod elementary school, Russell Conwell Middle School, and Northeast High School.
|Name||Job Title||Phone #||Social|
|Vanessa Garrett-Harley||Chair, Social Service Groupfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-5174|
|Steve Ludovico||Director of Administrative Servicesemail@example.com||(215) 683-5235|
|Donna J. Mouzayck||Deputy Administrative Solicitorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-5005|
|Marcel S. Pratt||Chair, Litigation Groupemail@example.com||(215) 683-5038|
|Andrew Richman||Chief of Stafffirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-5067|
|Valerie Robinson||Chair, Corporate Groupemail@example.com||(215) 683-5031|
|Craig M. Straw||First Deputy City Solicitorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 683-5442|