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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.

 

Kathryn C. McDonald, Staff Attorney 2

Ms. McDonald received her B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Political Science. She received her J.D. from the University of Mississippi. Ms. McDonald has been licensed in Tennessee since 2012. She has also been licensed in Mississippi since 2013. After graduation from law school, Ms. McDonald worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Mississippi Court of Appeals in Jackson, Mississippi. She has also worked for firms located in Memphis and Chattanooga.

 

J. Taylor Thomas, Staff Attorney 1

Mr. Thomas received his B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with honors, and received his Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, with honors. Following law school, Mr. Thomas worked as a legal editor for Bloomberg BNA in their Corporate and Transactional Division before returning home to Chattanooga. His areas of practice include civil litigation, regulatory enforcement, constitutional and civil rights litigation, and business formation and governance.

 


 

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.

 

 

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