City Attorney's Office

Primary Duties of the City Attorney

The City Attorney is responsible for providing legal representation and advice to the City Commission, City Administration and City staff. 


  • Attends all City Commission meetings and acts as legal advisor to the City Commission
  • Attends all Planning and Zoning Board meetings and advises the Board on legal issues
  • Prepares ordinances and resolutions for adoption by the City Commission
  • Prepares or  reviews and approves all contracts, agreements, and other written documents to which the City is a party
  • Defends the City in legal proceedings or coordinates the defense with special legal counsel
  • Advises the City Manager, the Department Heads, and City employees on matters which have legal implications to the City.

City Attorney Thomas (“Tom”) J. Ansbro

Tom Ansbro began serving the City in 1998, when he was associated with a law firm that was retained to provide legal services. In 2005, he was appointed as the full time in-house City Attorney.

Mr. Ansbro has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Florida. He has more than 40 years of experience in municipal government. He is a life-long resident of Broward County,

Please note: The City Attorney’s office is only authorized to provide legal advice to the City in accordance with the City Charter. The City Attorney’s Office cannot represent members of the public in matters involving the City and cannot provide general legal advice or assistance.