| Source: City Attorneys Office ||AG Goal5 ||11/9/2016|
|About this measure:|
|This measure identifies the amount of City funds annually recovered or saved through litigation by the City Law Department. Savings are derived by settling or denying claims against the city; defending the City from monetary damages in filed lawsuits; diligent contract enforcement; and legal representation in collection of delinquent special assessments and other obligations or payments due to the City. These direct financial benefits are compared to the total budget for all functions of the City Attorney’s Office. The City funds saved annually have been 2-3 times the Law Department’s entire budget even though the civil litigation functions represent only about 25% of the Department’s total activity.|
• FY 15/16 – Benefits include one claim of $11,500,000.
|Why this is important:|
|The protection of City funds relieves pressure on taxpayers to fund government. It is also a measure of the effectiveness of in-house legal counsel.|
|What is being done:|
|The City Law Department, Finance, and Personnel’s Risk Management cooperate in protecting City assets. In-house legal counsel protect taxpayer interests by maintaining a focused approach to litigation, mitigating risk and liability, actively pursuing collections and compliance issues, enforcing contracts, and protecting revenue sources.|