County Attorney
Jo Anne Bernal

500 E. San Antonio
5th Floor, Suite 503
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-2050
Fax (915) 546-2133

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

9521 Socorro Rd.  Suite A-3
El Paso , Texas 79927
Phone (915) 858-2239
Fax (915) 858-0631

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

4641 Cohen St. Suite D
El Paso , Texas 79924
Phone (915) 759-7990
Fax (915) 858-0631

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

County Attorney

  • About Us
  • Mission Statement
  • The mission of the El Paso County Attorney's office is to represent the County of El Paso and the State of Texas by providing high quality, cost-effective legal services in an ethical, professional and competent manner. We shall seek justice, secure the protection and safety of all people, and enhance the quality of life in our community. In doing so, we shall treat all people with dignity, respect, honesty and fairness.
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Legal Advice to County Officials: The County Attorney provides general legal advice to the members of the Commissioners Court and other County officials and department heads. This office reviews all claims brought against the County, represents the County in civil lawsuits filed against or by the County or its officials and provides legal advice to the members of Commissioners Court during Court meetings. The legal advice to the County includes questions concerning contracts, leases, easements, right of ways, road dedication, and colonias.
  • The office also provides legal advice to the El Paso County Hospital District which owns and operates the University Medical Center (UMC). The office advises the Hospital District Board of Managers and administrators on hospital licensing and regulations, contracts, opinions, legislative matters and litigation affecting the day to day operations of the Hospital District..
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Goal 1: The County Attorney is committed to providing high quality, cost-effective legal services to our clients in all legal matters.
  • In order to provide services in a cost effective and efficient manner, cases are screened to determine worthwhile litigation. Once a case is selected for prosecution, an attempt is made to finalize it within 12 months or less. In plaintiff's litigation, the goal is to request and receive judgments in favor of our clients consistent with the mandates of state law. In defense litigation, the County Attorney's office seeks to minimize the amount of claims paid by the County.
  • Goal 2: The County Attorney requires that all legal services are provided in an ethical, professional and competent manner.
  • To accomplish this goal, all attorneys are provided with at least the minimum amount of continuing legal education required by the State Bar of Texas. In addition, seminars on ethics and proper conduct are conducted on a regular basis for attorneys and staff. An emphasis for staff is placed upon professional interaction with members of the public and other employees of the County. Every effort is made to maintain a high level of performance for all employees through training and technological adequacy. In all instances, the office seeks to treat all people with dignity, respect, honesty and fairness.
  • Goal 3: Outside of the office, the County attorney seeks to provide legal training to County, State and Federal departments and citizen groups whose employees or members are providing public services in El Paso.
  • Every effort is made to maximize the number of public servants receiving training so that they will properly perform their governmental duties.
  • Goal 4: The County Attorney emphasizes participating in community activities, boards, and groups in order to promote the general welfare of this community and in order to increase public awareness and education with respect to laws, public issues and available services.
  • Every unit of the County Attorney's Office is required to participate in community activities and must identify and work on areas of concern for the community. Attorneys participate in activities which relate directly to their area of law such as environmental fairs, teen courts for juvenile crimes, training of law enforcement officers, seminars on family violence prevention and child protective services. All attorneys are encouraged to develop and work on special community projects such as health care issues, environmental and colonia issues, access to capital, consumer fraud, inadequate juvenile and mental health facilities and education issues.
  • Goal 5: The office of the County Attorney provides legal services related to families in a broad range of areas. These areas include mental health, adult protective services, child protective services, juvenile and family violence which support the most vulnerable citizens of the county of El Paso.