Tulane Law School graduate Rebecca Dietz recently began serving as the City Attorney for New Orleans.
Dietz, who graduated in 2002, has worked on the city's legal team since 2012, when she came on board as a deputy city attorney working in the Contracts Division. Last year, she worked as general counsel and deputy director of legal affairs for the city's international airport. This year, she served on the mayor's executive council.
Dietz's career in city government comes after a decade in private law practice, primarily working in oil, gas and environmental litigation.
“This administration is effecting real change and growth in New Orleans — it is exciting to be a part of that,” Dietz said. “Working on behalf of this great city is not always easy, but it is always rewarding.”
Dietz's duties will include managing the city's full legal staff of 50 attorneys, drafting ordinances passed by the City Council, providing legal advice to members of city government, managing city contracts, working with local law enforcement and other agencies on their legal interactions with the city, and helping city officials navigate lawsuits filed against the city.
Despite the heavy workload, Dietz is motivated by a mission to help the city continue to move forward.
“It was important to me to make a real contribution to New Orleans,” she said.