Who We Are
Meet the hard-working people in the Office of the City Attorney.
Janene McIntyre, City Attorney
Don Kulhanek, Chief Deputy City Attorney
Billie O'Berry, Assistant City Attorney/District Court Supervisor
Yolanda Bennett, Assistant City Attorney/District Court Prosecutor/ Contracts
Jack Roberts, Special Assistant City Attorney. Of Counsel
William Y. Kim, Special Assistant City Attorney/LPD Legal Advisor
N. Banu Colak, Special Assistant City Attorney
Brandie Ekren, Assistant City Attorney/BWL General Counsel
Mary Jo Powell, Executive Legal Assistant
Elizabeth Mayes, Litigation Assistant & Neighborhood Specialist
Melissa Klingbeil, Legal Secretary/District Court Assistant
What We Do
What do we do? The better question may be: "What don't we do?"
Our service as General Counsel to a flagship Municipal Corporation
The Office of the City Attorney is Lansing's public "law firm." We handle everything under the sun, from criminal prosecution to civil litigation, and from collections and bankruptcies to multi-million dollar real estate deals. You can get a full sense of what we do in our Year End Report.
Under the Charter, the City Attorney is responsible to both the Mayor and the City Council, but at the end of the day the client is truly the City of Lansing.
We are therefore general counsel to a municipal corporation of over 1100 employees, with a budget of over $200 million-- a municipal corporation that also happens to be our State's capital. Our goal is to equal or exceed the legal abilities of any respected private law firm in the State and to be the best possible "law firm" to the City.