City Attorney

L Ashley Smith
The City Attorney provides legal counsel and representation to the City Council, City Manager, departments of the City government and City-appointed boards and commissions. The City Attorney is appointed by and reports to the City Council. The City Attorney's office provides legal advice at Council meetings, performs legal research and offers advisory opinions and responds to requests from Council and City staff to draft or review contracts, ordinances and other legal documents. The office represents the City in litigation and provides assistance in the selection of outside legal counsel when necessary.
The Police Attorney also provides legal advice and interpretation to the City Police Department, and advises and instructs officers on ever-changing laws and court rulings.
The City Attorney's office does not provide legal advice to private citizens. If a private citizen has a legal question, the citizen may wish to consider private legal representation.
City Attorney: Lloyd Ashley "Ash" Smith
Assistant City Attorney: Charles L. Graham
Police Attorney: Laura Burton
Paralegal: Denise Johnson
Other Legal Resources:
(click links below to visit websites)
Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont Legal Aid 704-865-2357
Gaston County District Attorney's Office Prosecutor 704-852-3113
Gaston County Magistrate's Office Warrants 704-852-3192
Gaston County Clerk of Court Court Dates 704-852-3100
Gaston County Public Defender's Office Court Appointed Lawyers 704-852-3220







Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


✆ 704-866-6714

⟟ 181 S. South Street
Gastonia, NC 28052