Our lawyers are deeply familiar with the powers, procedures and operations of local, state, and federal governments. This enables them to represent counties, cities, towns, school districts, and other local governmental entities in matters ranging from litigation defense, to bond financing, to conducting oversight and audits, to drafting statutes, ordinances, and regulations.
Litigation. Our attorneys have a longstanding history of handling trial and appellate litigation involving governmental entities. They have handled cases involving the First Amendment and other provisions of the federal Constitution, religion issues and civil rights statutes, law enforcement, students’ rights and responsibilities, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and other statutory and regulatory provisions affecting public entities.
In addition to handling litigation entirely on their own, the firm’s attorneys are available to draft critical motions or otherwise lend their substantive expertise to an existing litigation team. In all instances, we strive to maintain working arrangements that are sensitive to the myriad considerations—financial and otherwise—that governmental entities face.
Transactional & Advisory. Our lawyers have extensive public-sector experience. They have served as general counsel to local legislators and legislative committees, conducted oversight of executive agencies, worked on budget, finance and tax-policy issues, and drafted legislation, ordinances, and regulations of all kinds. Leveraging that experience, our attorneys are available to serve as general counsel to smaller municipalities that do not have in-house counsel or to function as special counsel for specific projects or matters. Their work encompasses the full array of issues that municipalities confront, including the following: