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The City Attorney is Benjamin T. Reyes, II.

The Chief Assistant City Attorney is Michael S. Riback
The City Attorney’s Office.

The City Attorney is the primary legal counsel for the City Council, Boards and Commissions, City Manager, City departments, officers and employees. The City Attorney provides legal representation and advises City officials on all legal matters involving the City, including land use, personnel, contracts, real property transactions, elections and redevelopment. The City Attorney represents the City in State and Federal court and oversees outside counsel handling other litigation. The City Attorney is also the General Counsel of the Pinole Redevelopment Agency. The City Attorney's Office works with the City Manager to oversee the risk management function of the City.


Can the City Attorney advise citizens in legal matters?
No. The City Attorney cannot provide legal advice to private citizens. However, the following organizations in Contra County may be helpful to citizens in seeking legal representation and/or answers to general legal questions:

Bay Area Legal Aid
1017 Macdonald Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801
(510) 233-9954

Contra Costa Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Service

Where do I file a Small Claims Court action?
Superior Court of the County of Contra Costa
More information about free or low cost legal services can be found at

How can I receive a copy of a particular Pinole Municipal Code section?
A copy of a particular section may be obtained from:

City Clerk's Office
City Hall
2131 Pear Street, 2nd Floor
Pinole, CA 94564
or online at

How do I file a claim against the City of Pinole?
Claim forms are available from the City Clerk’s Office. The claim must be filed with the City Clerk's Office within 6 months from the date of the incident. The City Clerk will then forward it to the City Attorney's Office and to Risk Management. All claims are administered by the Risk Manager and the City Attorney.


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