The County Counsel's Office, as the County's civil attorneys, provides a full range of legal services to the Board of Supervisors, elected officials and all County departments, boards and commissions, special districts and school districts in San Mateo County. The County's mission is to provide excellent and cost-effective public service utilizing public and private means to promote a life of quality for all County residents. The County Counsel's office supports that mission and maintains the legal integrity of the County on behalf of all residents of San Mateo County.

The goals of County Counsel are to:

  • Provide accurate, timely, useful and reliable legal advice protecting the County from loss and risk, and assisting our clients in making effective decisions among lawful alternatives.

  • Provide exemplary litigation advocacy; defend decisions and advocate the policies of our clients to achieve the best results -- the lowest cost or loss without sacrifice of policy or principles.

  • Serve the general public by specific programs that assist in the resolution of disputes.