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Brett M. Witter, Assistant City Attorney

Practice Areas

Mr. Witter is the Assistant City Attorney overseeing the General Counsel - Advisory and Community Advocacy and Public Safety Divisions. He is also the lead advisory attorney for the City’s Human Resources Department. 

Background and Experience

Mr. Witter has served the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office since 2001.

Mr. Witter spent the first eight years of his legal career working in private sector litigation firms, practicing in various areas, including general tort, construction defect, and professional liability.

Prior to his promotion to Supervising Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Witter was assigned to the Litigation and Special Projects Sections. During that time, he worked on increasingly complex litigation matters, including general tort cases, employment discrimination, contract, civil rights, construction, and writs. In the Special Projects Section, he also provided advisory services on a project-specific basis.

In December 2002, Mr. Witter was promoted to Supervising Deputy City Attorney, and initially supervised the Special Projects Section (2002-2005). He subsequently supervised the Litigation Section (2005-2015) and Human Resources/Special Projects Section (2015-2018), continuing to handle litigation matters, and expanding his advisory services, including serving as the primary advisor to the various divisions in the City’s Human Resources Department. In 2018, Mr. Witter was assigned to the supervision of the Litigation and Human Resources Division.

Mr. Witter was promoted to Assistant City Attorney in 2021. He remains the primary adviser to the Human Resources Department.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Witter is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California; and all California state courts.


Mr. Witter graduated from UCLA in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in History. He earned his law degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1993.