James Noseda named new Deputy Corporation Counsel

  • Attorney with the City’s Law department for 29 years with experience in commercial/tort litigation, civil rights, class actions, and taxation cases 
  • Noseda played important role in police towing reform  


Detroit Corporation Counsel Conrad Mallett today announced Veteran City attorney James Noseda as his Deputy Corporation Counsel. Noseda joined the City’s law department on May 1, 1995 as a commercial litigator. During his time working for the City, Noseda has also served as the Liaison to Detroit City Council and Supervising Assistant Corporation Counsel for Commercial/Tort litigation, where he led a team of six other lawyers.  

In his role as Supervising Assistant Corporation Counsel, Noseda played a major role in the city’s efforts to reform the troubled police towing process.  Due to a pattern of corruption involving the police towing process, which had been run by the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, the Administration sought to reform towing policies by running the process through the same rigorous process as all other city procurement. Noseda played a critical role in answering constitutional questions regarding towing and notifying towing companies operating under the BOPC process that all tow permits were void since they did not comply with state law. As a result of Noseda’s efforts, Detroiters now have a police towing system they can trust and that operates transparently and fairly.  

“Jim is a brilliant litigator who knows this work and this department intimately,” said Mallett. “He has demonstrated his management and leadership abilities time and again and I couldn’t be prouder to have him in his new role.” 

A Detroit native, James earned a bachelor's degree in 1982 from the University of Michigan and graduated with honors from DePaul University College of Law in 1988. He has worked with the Corporation Counsel under five mayors.  

“I am honored to be entrusted the responsibilities of Deputy Corporation Counsel and to continue serving the City of Detroit,” said Jim Noseda. “My time working for the City’s Law Department has shaped much of who I am as an attorney. Through many experiences, I have gained the robust skills necessary to navigate the high exposure and complex litigation of many City agencies.”  

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Deputy Corporation Counsel, James Noseda.