Janice Magdich was appointed City Attorney by the City Council in June 2014, after having served as Lodi’s Deputy City Attorney from October 2004.
Ms. Magdich received her undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific and her law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1997. Ms. Magdich is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California. In addition, she holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV-V peer rating.
Prior to coming joining the City, Ms. Magdich worked in private practice in Stockton and Sacramento.
Role of the City Attorney
The City Attorney is the chief legal officer of the City of Lodi, and is responsible for advising the City Council, City Manager, and City staff on all legal matters pertaining to the City.
The mission of the City Attorney is to contribute to success of the City by delivering high quality legal counsel, representation, and effective solution with professional and integrity.The City Attorney’s Office is staffed with a City Attorney, a Deputy City Attorney, and a Legal Secretary.
The City Attorney’s Office provides all of the City’s legal services, primarily through advising the City Council and its boards and commissions; preparing and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents; prosecuting of violations of the Lodi Municipal Code; representing the City in litigation through in-house attorneys or by retaining and managing outside counsel; and providing advice to city department staff.
The City Attorney’s Office represents the City of Lodi through its elected and appointed officials; it does not represent individual clients and cannot give legal advice to the public. Citizens seeking legal advice or assistance are encouraged to call the following:
- San Joaquin County Bar Association: 209-948-0125
- San Joaquin County Lawyer Referral Service: 209-948-4620