The Office of Corporation Counsel is the County’s general practice law firm. The office is staffed by four full-time attorneys and one part-time attorney, one full-time paralegal, and two full-time secretaries. Office attorneys review and draft court pleadings in non-criminal or civil actions involving the County, contracts, leases, ordinances, resolutions, real estate transactions and other legal documents. Claims filed against the County are coordinated for defense by assigned counsel from the County’s insurance carriers. The Office of Corporation Counsel also issues formal legal opinions (usually involving interpretation of state statutes or court cases) to the County Board, County Administrator, County department heads, and County committees, commissions and boards. The Office of Corporation Counsel also provides general legal services to the Central Wisconsin Airport Board, Marathon County Public Library Board, City-County Information Technology Commission, Children with Disabilities Education Board, and Solid Waste Management Board. The Corporation Counsel is authorized by law to request Attorney General’s Opinions on behalf of the County and to give confidential ethics opinions to the County’s elected officials, officers and employees.
The Office of Corporation Counsel does not represent or provide advice to unincorporated townships within the County or to members of the public. The name “Corporation Counsel” means that attorneys working in the office represent the interests of the County, which does business like other corporations.