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Melvin Butch Hollowell
Charles N. Raimi
Deputy Corporation Counsel
Chief of Staff
Chief Administrative Corporation Counsel
Pamela T. Parrish
Chief Legal Counsel, Transactional & Economic Development
Our mission at the Office of the Corporation Counsel is to provide the highest quality legal advice and services to our client, the people of the City of Detroit. To that end, we will zealously defend all claims against the City and its agencies, and we will diligently prosecute violations of City Ordinances, and where applicable, State and Federal law, to protect the people of this City, and to aspire to our goal of equal justice under law.
On May 4, 1895, the city attorney and city counselor offices were merged to establish a Law Department. The Mayor was given the power to appoint a new corporation counsel, subject to the approval of the City Council. John J. Speed was the first city counselor and corporation counsel, who served until June 30, 1896.