The HPD lawyer is there to represent the city to enforce apartment and building standards. The HPD lawyer may be assigned to your case and may ask to speak with you. The HPD lawyer may help you get a copy of the inspection report and may also be helpful in writing a stipulation. Make sure you get the name and telephone number of the HPD lawyer before you leave the court. It may be important to follow up with the him or her. Remember that the HPD lawyer is not there to represent you.