Local Government

Public officials are confronted with legal issues that require prompt attention from attorneys that understand government operations. Because our attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience representing government clients, both as in-house and outside counsel, we understand local government from the inside out. Our mission is to help local governments minimize or avoid legal liability that can result from day-to-day operations, and in turn, preserve public revenues. We are committed to identifying and helping our clients implement well-reasoned, practical and innovative solutions that enable clients to achieve their objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Public Sector Employment

Local governments are routinely faced with claims of employee misconduct ranging from violation of internal policies to federal civil rights laws. Whether you wish to take a preventative approach, such as conducting a compliance review of internal policies, or you need a legal team experienced in defending public sector employment cases, we have the experience, skills and resources to achieve optimum results.

Public Safety

Ensuring the health, welfare and safety of your constituents is of paramount importance. Unfortunately, the public safety function is also fertile ground for potential liability. In the current environment, a legitimate area of concern is the risk of a civil rights investigation being initiated by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) due to alleged civil rights violations resulting from agency policies, practices, and/or procedures. We have unparalleled experience conducting compliance reviews and advising public safety agencies on a wide range of policies and procedures related to police, fire and corrections operations. In addition, we have an excellent track record in the defense of lawsuits brought pursuant 42 U.S.C. §1983.

Public Finance

The recent economic turmoil has resulted in increased enforcement activity in the municipal bond market. In addition, local governments are demanding more cost-effective and creative ways to finance the needs of government. Not only have we served as issuer’s counsel, bond counsel and underwriter counsel on over $4.4 billion in municipal finance transactions; we have also worked closely with local governments on a multitude of budget and fiscal policy issues and high profile economic development initiatives. We have extensive experience assisting government issuers with the development and implementation of policies to ensure compliance with continuing disclosure obligations pursuant to SEC Rule 15c2-12.

Operations

Our attorneys are highly regarded for their ability to serve as trusted strategic partners in operational matters. We have extensive experience advising governmental agencies in numerous areas of operations, ranging from ethics and procurement to open meeting and open records compliance. In addition, we have advised clients in connection with the development and implementation of annual departmental budgets.  We have broad experience in the selection and management of outside counsel to in-house law departments, including budget evaluation and oversight. Our attorneys also have extensive experience advising clients regarding employee training and development in order to provide effective succession planning.