David J. Benoun, Esq.
The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council to serve as the chief legal officer of the City and is responsible for administration of all legal affairs of the City. The City Attorney’s responsibilities include providing professional legal advice and opinions to the City Council, City officials, and City staff. The City Attorney is also responsible for drafting and reviewing legal documents, including leases, ordinances, resolutions, deeds, insurance requirements, and contracts. The City Attorney represents the City in some litigation, administrative hearings, and other legal matters. The City Attorney also serves as the City’s Risk Manager and oversees the City’s risk management program.
The City Attorney does not provide legal counsel to citizens or outside businesses.
If you are in need of an attorney, please contact the Lawyer Referral (Alameda County Bar Association) ..
Mr. David J. Benoun was appointed by the Newark City Council to serve as the City Attorney in 2012. He graduated with distinction in general scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley and he earned a law degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.
Risk Management is an effort to minimize and manage the City's liability claims. The City is self-insured and belongs to a regional governmental insurance pool, the Pooled Liability Assurance Network (PLAN). All claims are processed through a third-party insurance administrator, York Risk Services Group.
If you believe that you have a legitimate claim against the City, then you need to complete a claim form. Claim forms are available by calling the City Clerk's office at 510-578-4278, by picking up a firm from the City Clerk's office located at 37101 Newark Boulevard, 5th floor, Newark, CA 94560 or by downloading the claim form Claim Form (Fillable) (pdf).
Please follow the instructions on the claim form and attach any documentation that you feel may support your claim. Incomplete forms may delay the processing of your claim or may result in the denial of your claim.
Claims may be submitted by U.S. mail or in person (during business hours) to:
City of Newark
37101 Newark Boulevard, 5th Floor
Newark, CA 94560
City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. City Hall is closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., on alternating Fridays, and holidays. Please consult the calendar on this page for closures. You will be informed of the City's decision by mail, usually within forty-five (45) days from the filing date of the claim.