City of Niagara Falls announces Nidhi Punyarthi as City Solicitor and Director of Legal Services

NIAGARA FALLS, ON - The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to announce Nidhi Punyarthi as our new City Solicitor and Director of Legal Services. Ms. Punyarthi joins the City after working as Legal Counsel for the City of Brampton where she was responsible for the Corporation’s litigation and administrative law. During her time at Brampton, Ms Punyarthi helped the municipality achieve significant financial benefits by directing litigation and negotiation strategy in complex commercial transactions, advising on procurement, construction and fostering key stakeholder relationships.

As a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Ms. Punyarthi began her career in the private sector working in commercial and construction litigation. Having a track record of experience in advocacy and dispute resolution, she has served as an adjudicator with the License Appeal Tribunal and the Ontario Parole Board. 

Ms. Punyarthi is a member of the Municipal Law Executive section of the Ontario Bar Association, as well as a board member and the Diversity and Inclusion Chair at the Association of French-speaking Lawyers and Judges.


Chief Administrative Officer, Jason Burgess states “We are pleased that Ms. Punyarthi is joining the City of Niagara Falls. Possessing impressive legal skills and a strong work ethic, Nidhi will be a vital contributor to our senior team and City Council as the City continues to grow and develop.  Under her leadership of the legal department, we trust that City staff and community stakeholders will find her intelligent, personable and persuasive. As we look forward to her arrival, we also want to thank Ed Lustig for his outstanding service as acting City Solicitor during a challenging period of time.  Mr. Lustig’s knowledge and skills has been invaluable to us and we are so grateful for the support that he has given the City of Niagara Falls. “

Ms. Punyarthi added she is “very excited to be joining the City of Niagara Falls team.  I am looking forward to putting my legal skills and experience to work as the City Solicitor for Niagara Falls and to assisting the CAO, Council and staff on the many important projects helping to shape and grow our community".

For more information, contact:
Trent Dark
Director of Human Resources
City of Niagara Falls
[email protected] 

Posted on: 1/13/2022 9:54 AM - Category: Media Releases