The City Attorney is the legal advisor for the City Council. He attends Council meetings and serves as attorney for several City boards. He prosecutes City ordinance violations and represents the City in legal proceedings.
The City currently contracts with Harkness Law Firm, PLLC for its legal services.
Cullen Harkness, Managing Partner
Managing Attorney Cullen Harkness’ practice areas include criminal defense, family law, landlord-tenant collections, estate administration and planning and general civil litigation. Mr. Harkness specializes in municipal law serving as the Prosecuting Attorney for Meridian Township and as City Attorney for the City of Albion. Committed to serving both his clients and his community, Mr. Harkness is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Ingham County Bar Association, the Meridian Area Business Association and the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club.
Mr. Harkness received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University in 2004 and his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007. He was admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan in 2008.
Lauren Elster, Associate Attorney
Associate Attorney Lauren Elster’s practice areas include family law, insurance defense, collections, landlord-tenant collections, estate administration and planning, criminal defense, contracts, and general civil litigation. Ms. Elster further specializes in municipal law, serving as the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Meridian Township and as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Albion. She is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Ingham County Bar Association, and the Meridian Area Business Association.
Ms. Elster received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and her Juris Doctor with a certification in litigation from Michigan State University in 2011 and 2014 respectively. She was admitted to practice in the State of Michigan in 2014.