City Attorney of San Francisco

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San Francisco City Attorney's Office
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Office overview
Formed 1899 (1899)
Preceding office
  • Court of Sessions
Jurisdiction Government of San Francisco
Headquarters San Francisco, California
37°46′45″N 122°25′09″W / 37.77919°N 122.41914°W / 37.77919; -122.41914Coordinates: 37°46′45″N 122°25′09″W / 37.77919°N 122.41914°W / 37.77919; -122.41914
Office executive
Website City Attorney website

The City Attorney of San Francisco is an elected position in the City and County of San Francisco, California. While city-county consolidation resulted in the unified government attaining both a city attorney and a district attorney, the two positions are separate and serve different purposes.

The City Attorney is assisted by a number of Assistant City Attorneys.


The present City Attorney position was created in 1899, when the former offices of the City Attorney and County Attorney were unified; Franklin Knight Lane was the first City Attorney elected under this regime.

The first woman to hold the position was Louise Renne in 1986, appointed by then-mayor Dianne Feinstein following the death of previous City Attorney George Agnost.

List of City Attorneys[edit]

City Attorneys before fusion[edit]