Law Department

 The Department of Law is headed by the Corporation Counsel and handles all legal affairs for the City of Syracuse.  The Corporation Counsel, together with a team of attorneys and paralegals, provides legal advice to the Mayor, the Common Council, city departments, and city agencies.

As attorneys for the City, the Corporation Counsel is not able to provide legal advice or representation to constituents. Citizens seeking legal advice or representation can contact the Onondaga County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.  However, the Law department processes several requests for the public. 

Staff Roster

Corporation Counsel

Kristen E. Smith

1st Assistant Corporation Counsel

Joseph W. Barry III

Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel

Lee R. Terry

Assistant Corporation Counsel

John C. Black Jr.

Patrick R. Blood

Catherine E. Carnrike

Amanda R. Harrington

Sarah M. Knickerbocker

Todd M. Long

Jody A. Mooney 

Patrick J. Parkinson

Danielle B. Pires

Ramona L. Rabeler

Finney Raju

Kathryn M. Ryan

Meghan E. Ryan 

Danielle R. Smith



Self-Services


A NOTE ON PROCESSING SERVICES: LEGAL CANNOT BE PROCESSED VIA EMAIL, FAX OR ELECTRONIC DELIVERY.