Municipal Law Attorneys Offer Counsel to Local Governments
Experienced local representation in issues of zoning, regulation and litigation
Municipal law, which governs the operation of cities and towns and regulates the delivery of essential services, is the body of law that has the most immediate impact on everyday citizens. By controlling police, fire departments, public schools and garbage pickup, municipal law significantly affects a community’s quality of life. Municipal law is also where theoretical Constitutional protections are put to the test, as zoning decisions clash with private property rights, parking restrictions aid or impede commerce, and elections preserve or subvert democratic rule. Shine & Hardin, LLP represents local governing bodies in transactions and cases related to:
- Boundary changes
- Building and construction
- Economic development
- Elected officials
- Eminent domain
- Employment law, including union and nonunion public employees
- Environmental law
- Financial affairs
- Freedom of Information Act
- Governing bodies
- Land use, annexation, zoning and condemnation
- Legal issues incidental to managing city services
- Municipal court prosecution and operations
- Open meeting and records laws compliance
- Ordinance drafting
- Utilities and water
Our attorneys have experience handling a diverse range of matters related to municipal law.
Litigation on behalf of local government
Our attorneys have experience guiding local and county governments through a wide variety of legal issues and processes.
Too often, economic development that would benefit an overwhelming majority is hindered by a small, nonrepresentative group. Red tape on the state or federal level can also stymie progress. When a city ordinance, practice or development stirs up conflict with state and federal agencies, community groups or individual residents, we provide robust representation to protect the interests of the city in service of the people it represents.
Counseling city officers and elected officials on compliance issues
Newly elected officials often need to be educated on the differences between standard operating procedures in the public and private sectors. This can also be true for veteran city managers. We have the knowledge, experience and resources to inform responsible officers on the requirements of open meeting and open records law, the code of ethics, and numerous other problems frequently faced by local entities. We can even assist in drafting ordinances to avoid conflict with existing precedent.