City Attorney Office - New Albany

About the Office

Welcome to the City Attorney Office for the City of New Albany. Led by Corporate Counsel, Shane L. Gibson, our office is dedicated to providing legal counsel and representation for the city in various matters. Shane L. Gibson is a graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. 

The City Attorney Office for the City of New Albany is committed to upholding the law and serving the community. Our experienced team handles a wide range of legal issues, ensuring that the city operates within the bounds of the law while striving for the betterment of our residents.


Our duties include:

  • Legal Advice: Providing comprehensive legal advice to city officials, departments, and boards.
  • Drafting Legal Documents: Crafting legal documents such as contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and agreements.
  • Litigation: Representing the city in legal proceedings and disputes, both in court and through alternative dispute resolution methods.
  • Legislative Support: Assisting in the development and implementation of legislative initiatives and policies.
  • Risk Management: Identifying and mitigating legal risks to protect the interests of the city.

Past Cases

  1. City of New Albany vs. New Albany DVD, LLC (2010)

In a landmark legal battle that garnered attention in the legal community, the City of New Albany went head-to-head against New Albany DVD, LLC. The case, which was presented to the United States Supreme Court, centered around a dispute over zoning regulations and First Amendment rights.

New Albany DVD, LLC, a local adult entertainment store, challenged the city’s zoning ordinance that restricted the location of adult businesses within city limits. The legal team from the City Attorney Office vigorously defended the city’s zoning ordinance all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

  1. Jensen et al. v. City of New Albany et al. (2007)

In a legal dispute dating back to the 1960s, Donald Jensen and other appellants challenged the City of New Albany and other defendants over the ownership and use of land originally designated for the expansion of Interstate 64. The case involved a reversionary clause in a 1935 deed and its implications on land ownership. After deliberation, the Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s decision, setting a legal precedent reaffirming the limitations of reversionary clauses in cases involving eminent domain.


Legal Matters

Shane Gibson, City Attorney
Telephone: 812-948-5333
142 East Main Street, Suite 310
New Albany, IN 47150

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