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Emily O’Donnell, City Attorney

Ms. O'Donnell received her B.A. in Political Science from Sewanee: The University of the South and her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law. Ms. O’Donnell is the first woman in Chattanooga history appointed to the position of City Attorney. She began her career as a staff attorney for Legal Aid of East Tennessee, representing low-income people in civil legal matters including Landlord/Tenant, Fair Housing, family law, consumer protection, and educational issues. She has also worked as a nonprofit executive, lobbyist, and solo practitioner.

 

Phillip A. Noblett, Deputy City Attorney

Mr. Noblett was born in Asheville, North Carolina and received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He received his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and has been a licensed attorney in Tennessee since 1982. Mr. Noblett was a member of the firm of Nelson, McMahan & Noblett from 1990 until 2009 as a municipal and civil litigator on many state and federal court matters for the City of Chattanooga and other municipal governments in Tennessee. Mr. Noblett is a past president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and a fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation. Mr. Noblett became Deputy City Attorney in 2009 when the City Attorney's office was moved to its present location.

 

Valerie L. Mauleg, Staff Attorney 2

Ms. Malueg received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has been a licensed attorney in Tennessee since 2004. Her areas of practice are municipal law, real property and civil litigation. She is also the legal advisor to several City Boards.

 

Melinda Foster, Assistant City Attorney

Ms. Foster received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. Her areas of practice are civil litigation and appellate practice.

 

Harolda G. Bryson, Assistant City Attorney

Ms. Bryson received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Her areas of practice are municipal law, contracts and transactional matters, tax law, real property, and civil litigation.

 

Robert D. Robinson, Assistant City Attorney

Mr. Robinson received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. His areas of practice are municipal law, employment law, real property, transactional matters, and civil litigation.

 

Joseph A, Kelly, Assistant City Attorney

Mr. Kelly received his B.A. in Philosophy with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he played varsity football for the Mocs and his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Kelly was in private practice for over 25 years. His areas of practice include bankruptcy, civil rights, employment law, municipal law, real property, and civil litigation.


 

Attorney's Office
Suite 200
2nd Floor City Hall Annex
100 E. 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402(map)

Phone: (423) 643-8250

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:15 pm.

 

 

Phillip Stevens