City Attorney

The Office of the City Attorney provides legal advice and representation to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and other City officials and employees on a broad range of issues. The Office represents the City, including its officials and employees, in litigation filed by or against them. Upon request, the Office provides legal opinions to City officials and employees on City-related matters. 

City Attorney Richard G. Long

Richard LongRichard G. Long, Jr. grew up in Roxboro, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill and graduated from law school at Wake Forest School of Law. He moved to Union County in 1982 where he began a general practice firm consisting of various areas of law, including criminal, corporate, real estate and family law. In 1995 Richard merged his practice with Perry and Bundy and became a general partner of Perry, Bundy, Plyler and Long, LLP. At the start of 2023, Richard merged the practice with The Corigliano Law Firm and together formed Plyler, Long, & Corigliano, LLP.

Richard’s current practice includes family law, mediation and arbitration, residential and commercial real estate, and municipal law. However, the primary portion of his practice is dedicated to family law and municipal law. Richard previously served as the County Attorney for Union County and now is the City of Monroe Attorney.

Richard is a NCDRC certified Family Financial Mediator (2001) and a Superior Court Mediator. He is also a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. Richard is active in his community and his church. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Susan, and their three children, and playing tennis and golf.

How is the City Attorney selected?
The City Attorney is appointed by and reports to the City Council.​

Does the City Attorney’s Office represent private citizens?
​The Monroe City Attorney's Office does not represent individuals in private legal matters and cannot provide legal advice to individuals.  Attorneys in this office represent the City of Monroe’s elected officials and staff, City Departments, and the City's boards and commissions.

Whom do I contact if I need a lawyer?
Our office cannot refer you to a specific attorney or endorse any attorney in private practice.  However, if you are in need of legal representation for a private matter, you may call the North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-662-7660 to obtain a referral.

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