City Attorney Office
The City of Surprise’s legal department is established by Chapter 2, Article III, Section 142 of the Surprise Municipal Code and consists of a Civil and Criminal Division, which both operate under the guidance of the City Attorney. The City Attorney is appointed by City Council and serves as chief legal officer for the City. The current City Attorney is Robert Wingo, who has served in this capacity since October 2015, after having served as Chief Deputy Attorney for the City since December 2013.
The Civil Division is responsible for providing advisory and transactional legal support and advice, which included preparing opinions, contracts, deeds, ordinances, and resolution. The Division also coordinates or litigates the defense of the City against civil actions brought in both federal and state courts and agencies.
The Criminal Division represents the City in the prosecution of criminal misdemeanors, City Code violations, and civil traffic cases filed in the Surprise Municipal Court.
Per Surprise Municipal Code, the City is the sole client of the City Attorney and his or her designees. Therefore, the City Attorney’s Office cannot provide legal advice or representation to private citizens or businesses on either city related or private legal matters. Below are potential resources that may provide legal information and assistance. (These resources are being provided as a courtesy and for informational purposes only; these resources are independent of the City of Surprise and this information does not represent an endorsement, referral, or recommendation of these entities or the services they may provide.)
Maricopa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service 602.257.4434
Community Legal Services Free Legal Assistance 602.258.3434
Arizona Attorney General 602.542.5025
State Bar of Arizona 602.271.4930