ASU Alumnus New City Attorney: A Major Win for Tempe

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Eric Anderson has been appointed as the new city attorney for the City of Tempe, a role comprising of providing legal advice and counsel for Tempe City Council and other city bodies. Anderson, who graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in biology before attending ASU Law, brings nearly three decades of legal experience to the role. His background includes starting a law firm in Scottsdale in 1995, and brokering a deal between Scottsdale and Rio Verde Foothills that resolved a dispute over water services.


Eric Anderson named new city attorney of Tempe

Eric Anderson has been appointed as the new city attorney for Tempe, taking over the role following Sonia Blain’s retirement. The City Attorney’s Office, consisting of 26 staff, with 17 attorneys, provides legal counsel for Tempe City Council and other city bodies.

Role of the City Attorney’s Office

The Office is dedicated to offering top-tier legal representation to meet Tempe’s present and future needs efficiently, as stated on the city attorney’s website. Anderson will now be responsible for guiding the city’s legal matters, ensuring all actions and ordinances by the Tempe City Council align with legal requirements.

Anderson’s Background and Experience

Anderson, a law graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology, brings almost 30 years of legal experience to the role. His career includes co-founding a law firm in Scottsdale in 1995, after graduating from ASU Law. Anderson will handle various legal matters for the city, learning how different city departments operate.

Previous Accomplishments

Anderson’s legal expertise helped resolve a dispute between Scottsdale and Rio Verde Foothills, facilitating a water supply for the rural Foothills community. This dispute led to the creation of the Rio Verde Foothills Standpipe District through Senate Bill 1432.

Anderson’s Approach to his Role

Anderson credits his father for instilling in him the traits of humility and modesty that he applies today. As an attorney, he believes in checking personal opinions at the door and focusing on providing sound legal guidance to ensure the city’s decisions are in compliance with the law.


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