The goals of the Legal Services Department are to provide legal guidance to ensure that all City functions are conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and to protect the interests of the City through the preparation of sound ordinances, contracts, and other official documents, as well as the successful prosecution and defense of lawsuits.
The City Attorney is a full-time member of the City's staff. The position's duties include the preparation, review, and interpretation of ordinances, resolutions, and contracts; the provision of legal support to the City Manager, staff, the Board of Commissioners and other boards and committees; and the management of any litigation in which the City may be involved. Some legal services are provided by outside attorneys, including certain areas of litigation, liability issues handled by the City's insurance carrier, delinquent tax collection, and title research, eminent domain actions and other real estate matters.
Citizens and property owners sometimes have questions about how various city regulations may affect them. Local laws, known as ordinances, are passed by the Board of Commissioners and made a part of the Brentwood Municipal Code. If you have questions involving matters such as traffic and parking regulations or the keeping of animals in the City of Brentwood, the answer is most likely in the Municipal Code. Please note that professional rules of ethics prevent the City Attorney from giving personalized legal advice to the general public.
Roger Horner - Biographical Information
Roger Horner is Brentwood’s City Attorney. He earned his B.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University and previously served as Brentwood’s Finance Director before graduating with honors from the Nashville School of Law. He is a current member of the Board of Directors for the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) and was elected as a Fellow with the Tennessee Bar Foundation in 2016. He has presented and written papers on topics such as sign regulations, zoning, religious land uses and First Amendment issues. Roger has served as president of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association, chairman of the Leadership Brentwood steering committee and as a member of the Youth Leadership Brentwood steering committee. He has been employed with the City of Brentwood since 1985.