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Comprehensive legal counsel for Alabama municipalities
We work for towns, cities, and counties as general or special counsel. From structuring economic development initiatives and helping pass local legislation to writing sewer agreements and environmental compliance reports, we're equipped to make your life easier so you can focus on improving your community.
Government power and authority
We work with municipalities to understand the various legal authorities that determine what they can and cannot do, and how they can do it. We help those municipalities develop strategies to address the pressing needs of their communities--either through action within the bounds of governing law or by pursuing appropriate changes to those laws.
We represent municipalities and public officials, including political appointees and public employees, in litigation across Alabama and in federal courts.
We are frequently called upon to provide our opinion on the correct interpretation of the United States and Alabama Constitutions to municipalities and the Alabama Legislature, and we have successfully litigated state and federal constitutional issues.
We understand the Alabama Ethics Commission laws and opinions and we guide our municipal clients by providing proactive and preventative counsel and advice and by providing representation before the Alabama Ethics Commission when necessary.
Open meetings and public records
The public has a right to know what goes on within their government. But exceptions do exist. We advise our municipal clients on how to conform their conduct to the requirements of the law.
Economic development and eminent domain
Municipalities commonly need to acquire property for economic development and public projects. We help by guiding them through the correct procedures and we represent them in contested matters, including valuation and inverse condemnation proceedings.
Civil rights litigation
We defend against civil rights claims, including those arising under 42 U.S. Code Section 1983 regarding the deprivation or violation of rights in various contexts.
Labor and employment
We advise municipalities on their rights and obligations in connection with labor and and employment laws such as EEOC, FMLA, and FLSA.
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