Law

Digital Services During COVID-19

The Law Department handles all of the legal business of the City of Green Bay.  This web page is designed in an effort to provide the same services to members of the community during the COVID-19 situation, while limiting the amount of person-to-person contact. This is for the safety and well-being of both the community and City employees.

Law Department Digital Counter Services

  • SORB Applications 
  • File a Claim 
  • Pre-Trial Conferences 
  • Drop Off Documents
  • View City Ordinances
  • Request Public Records

Sex Offender Residency Board

Any person seeking an exemption from the Sex Offender Residence Board must submit a Sex Offender Residence Board Appeal Form to the City Clerk’s Office. You may submit your form in any of the following ways:

  • As an attachment to an e-mail sent to law@greenbaywi.gov
  • By drop off in the City Hall Drop Box 
  • By mail to:
    City of Green Bay
    c/o Law Department
    100 N. Jefferson Street, Room 200
    Green Bay, WI 54301.

For general information about sex offender restrictions, please visit Sex Offender Information web page. 

Claim for Damages

All persons claiming damages against the city must comply with section 893.80, Wisconsin Statutes.  The City offers a Liability Claim Form for the public to use in submitting a claim which identifies the information the City requires in order to review the claim.  Each claim is individually reviewed by the Claims Committee to determine whether the city is liable for the damages claimed.  You may submit your form in any of the following ways:

  • As an attachment to an e-mail sent to law@greenbaywi.gov
  • By drop off in the City Hall Drop Box
  • By mail to:      
    City of Green Bay
    c/o Law Department
    100 N. Jefferson Street, Room 200
    Green Bay, WI 54301

You will receive written confirmation once it is received.  If you do not receive written confirmation within 10 days, you should follow-up to verify the claim was actually received.  The City has 120 days from the date you submit your claim to allow or disallow it; please be aware that the Claims Committee researches each claim and obtains information from City departments, so it may take some time to gather all the information necessary to respond.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the City Attorney does not represent you on your claim and is an adverse party.  Therefore, the City Attorney cannot give you legal advice regarding your claim.

City Ordinances

The Municipal Code is a published compilation of the City of Green Bay laws. The Municipal Code is updated periodically as new ordinances are adopted by the City Council. Go to the MuniCode website, where you will be able to electronically search the City’s Municipal Code.

City Prosecutor

To reach the City Prosecutor regarding a contested citation or upcoming hearing, please email Rachel Maes or call 920-448-3028 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.   The City Prosecutor may be in court or with another person when you call.  Please leave a voicemail and your message will be returned at the earliest possible convenience. 

During the COVID-19 situation, and the associated Shelter in Place Order from Governor Evers, pretrial conferences for municipal citations will be conducted by phone.  The City Prosecutor will use the phone number on record with the Municipal Court to call defendants or their attorney around the time of their scheduled pretrial conference.  Please understand that pretrial conversations vary in length of time, and the phone call may not be at exactly the time scheduled.  The City Prosecutor will reach out to defendants in the order they are scheduled.  To help ensure you are able to discuss your citation with the City Prosecutor, please confirm your current phone number with the Municipal Court at 920-448-3131.

If you do not have a scheduled pre-trial conference or a matter pending in Municipal Court, the City Prosecutor will not have access to your citation or be able to address any matters with you.  All other inquiries should be directed to the Green Bay Municipal Court

Public Records Requests

The public has a right to inspect and copy certain records under Wisconsin’s Public Records Law.  Requests to the City of Green Bay may be made orally or in writing and must be reasonably specific as to subject matter and time period. Please be clear and specific about what you are requesting as vague requests will take longer to fulfill and may be denied.  The City charges the actual, necessary and direct costs of locating the records, as well as transcription, digital recordings, and photocopies.  Pre-payment may be required if the costs exceed $50.00. You may submit your request in any of the following ways:

  • As an attachment to an e-mail sent to law@greenbaywi.gov
  • By drop off in the City Hall Drop Box
  • By telephone at: (920) 448-3080.
  • By mail to:      
    City of Green Bay
    c/o Law Department
    100 N. Jefferson Street, Room 200
    Green Bay, WI 54301.


Document Drop-Off

We recognize that there are still times when you need to drop off a document for the law department.  In those instances, please use our drop box located at the back entrance to City Hall. 

Drop Box Locations at City Hall               

Please drop any documents intended for the Law Department in the “GENERAL”  drop box (indicated by yellow dot on map above).  The mailbox is checked daily.                          

Law Department Contact Information

The Law Department is still answering calls and e-mails as usual.  Please contact us at 920-448-3080 or via e-mail at law@greenbaywi.gov for any inquiries you have.


  1. Law


    Physical Address
    100 N Jefferson Street
    Room 200
    Green Bay, WI 54301


    Directions

    Phone: 920-448-3080
    Fax: 920-448-3081


About Us

The Law Department represents the City of Green Bay as a municipal corporation. The City Attorney is responsible for attending Common Council meetings, drafting ordinances and resolutions, determining the legality of proposed ordinances, and representing the City in legal matters. The duties of the City’s legal department include appearing in judicial, administrative and other legal actions, issuing legal opinions to city officers, drafting legal documents, prosecuting ordinance violations in Green Bay Municipal Court, and providing a full range of legal services to various City departments, boards, and entities.

The City Attorney may only represent the City of Green Bay as a municipal corporation. Lawyers in the office are prohibited from providing any legal advice to any individual person or entity. For questions on City operations, including for questions about whether you are in compliance with City requirements, please contact the relevant department directly.

Staff

The Law Department is comprised of four attorneys, one paralegal, and one secretary. View the Law Department Organizational Chart (PDF).