City of Hayward - Heart of the Bay

Michael Lawson - City Attorney
Michael Lawson
City Attorney

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The City Attorney is the department head for the City Attorney’s Office, a full service Legal Department. The City Attorney is the chief legal advisor to the City of Hayward. The City Attorney serves as “corporate” legal counsel to the City as an entity and advises the City Council and staff on contractual, regulatory and litigation matters involving the City, including:
  • Real Property transactions, land use, municipal utilities, code enforcement, elections, personnel, labor relations, contracts, procurement and other internal services.
  • Litigation in State and Federal Court.
  • Risk Management activities, including Insurance, Restitution, Claims and Litigation
    (click here for information on how to file a claim).
  • Administration of the Mobile Home and Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance
    (See RENT REVIEW Tab Above)
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Hayward Municipal Code

  • provides the City Council and other City offices with legal advice and representation;
  • reduce the risks of City activities;
  • assist in the administration and enforcement of laws, regulations and City programs. It includes Legal Services, Rent Review, and Risk Management.

City Hall - 4th fl, 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541

Phone: 510-583-4450  
FAX: 510-583-3660  
City Attorney: Michael Lawson at 510-583-4455 EMAIL
Deputy City Attorney II: Justin Nishioka at 510-583-4458 EMAIL
Asst. City Attorney: Rafael Alvarado at 510-583-4456 EMAIL
Asst. City Attorney: Michael Vigilia at 510-583-4460 EMAIL
Asst. City Attorney: Joseph Brick at 510-583-4457 EMAIL
Deputy City Attorney: Seema Vashi at 510-583-4461 EMAIL
Legal Secretary II: Araceli Alejandre at 510-583-4452 EMAIL
Paralegal: Alfred Martini at 510-583-4453 EMAIL

City Hall - 4th Floor
Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
Sat & Sun CLOSED
The City Attorney does not provide legal advice to residents. The following resources are listed below if private legal assistance is needed:
  • Alameda County Bar Association – (510) 302-2222
  • Alameda County Courts - (510) 690-2700
  • Self-Help Centers – (510) 272-1393
  • Bay Area Legal Aid – (510) 663-4755
  • East Bay Community Law Center – (510) 548-4040
  • Legal Assistance for Seniors – (510) 832-3040
  • ECHO Housing (Assistance for Landlord/Tenants) – (510) 581-9380
  • Eviction Defense Center – (510) 452-4541
  • Legal Forms Online –
  • California Courts Help Center Website –
  • State Bar of California Publications –
    “Kids & the Law: An A-Z Guide for Parents”
    “When you become 18: A survival Guide for Teenagers”
    “Seniors & the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians”
  • California Secretary of State – (916) 653-6814
  • California Attorney General - (800) 952-5225
  • California Legislative Information -
  • Centro Legal de la Raza (free or low-cost legal services) – (510) 437-1554
  • US Congress Information –
The City Attorney’s Office does not prosecute Criminal Activity. For Information about criminal matters, please contact the District Attorney’s office at (510) 670-5159.