City Attorney's Office
The City Attorney's Office provides legal advice and services to the City Manager, Mayor, City Council and city staff to ensure that policies, recommendations and administrative procedures undertaken are legally sound.
It supervises the drafting of all ordinances and the preparation of legal documents, reviews and consults on city services and contracts, and provides legal opinions and counseling to the City Manager, Mayor, City Council and city staff.
Through the Municipal Court the City Attorney's Office supervises and manages the day-to-day prosecution of municipal ordinance violations, DUIs, drug offenses, domestic violence and traffic offenses that occur within the city limits.
At the direction of the City Manager, Mayor or City Council, the City Attorney's Office may provide for appropriate representation for the city in all legal proceedings. The City Attorney's Office would supervise and manage any special counsel, which may be hired for their specific knowledge and expertise.
The City Attorney's Office is staffed by William F. Riley, Jr., Cecil McLendon and Leonid Felgin.
William F. Riley, Jr.
William "Bill" Riley brings 25 years of legal and judicial experience in Georgia to his position as the City Attorney of Johns Creek.
Admitted to practice in 1981, Riley was primarily a trial attorney until his judicial appointment to the Atlanta Municipal Court in 1995. Prior to his time on the bench, Riley represented the State of Georgia in both civil and criminal matters in thousands of hearings and hundreds of trials.
As a Judge and Chief Judge, Riley developed the Atlanta Olympic Court, the nationally recognized Atlanta Community Court, and spearheaded the consolidation of the City Court of Atlanta with the Atlanta Municipal Court.
When he retired as Chief Judge in 2004, he returned to private practice. Since then, his primary focus has been on municipal government, land use, litigation, legislation (drafting and advising) and condemnations.
A resident of Johns Creek, Riley received his law degree from Atlanta's Woodrow Wilson College of Law.
As an Assistant City Attorney for Johns Creek, Cecil McLendon has an extensive legal background in Georgia in the areas of land use, real estate transactions, litigation, and eminent domain.
He has represented a number of local Georgia governments including Cobb County, the City of Sandy Springs, the City of Kennesaw, the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority, the Dawson County Development Authority, and the Cobb County Department of Transportation.
McLendon has served as lead counsel for multiple eminent domain actions involving complex issues of real property valuation and business loss valuation and has further served as pre-litigation acquisition counsel on numerous large scale public improvement projects.
He has also been an Assistant Magistrate Judge with Cobb County, Georgia since 1998.
McLendon earned his JD from the Georgia State University College of Law where he was a member of the Georgia State University Law Review.
Assistant City Attorney Leonid Felgin currently provides counsel for litigation matters, having served as the day-to-day attorney for the City from its inception until 2008.
His legal experience includes clerking for a sole practitioner, researching intellectual property law and serving as a Governor's Intern for the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
He also interned for the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, where he acted as an assistant United States Attorney under the 3rd Year Practice Act.
Felgin graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law, 19th in a class of 181 students. At GSU, he participated in its award-winning Moot Court, was Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Federalist Society.
He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is fluent in Russian, as well as conversational Spanish and Hebrew.