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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Commercial Litigation Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Municipal Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Insurance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Beaumont, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Government Relations Practice Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Antitrust Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mining Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Construction Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Municipal Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Municipal Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Construction Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Construction Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Energy Law Utilities Law Appellate Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Municipal Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
Benjamin E. "Ben" Griffith  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Benjamin E. "Ben" Griffith

Griffith Law Firm
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Corporate Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Admiralty and Maritime Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Litigation - Municipal Construction Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Municipal Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Public Finance Law Banking and Finance Law Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation - Construction Family Law Commercial Litigation Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
William M. "Mick" McKamie  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

William M. "Mick" McKamie

Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla & Elam
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Mediation Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Banking and Finance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Municipal Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Construction Construction Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Reston, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Insurance Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Mining Law Energy Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal Mediation Arbitration Administrative / Regulatory Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Municipal Mediation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Mediation Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Municipal Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Insurance Law Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate Law Commercial Finance Law Corporate Compliance Law Commercial Litigation Municipal Law Banking and Finance Law Franchise Law Equipment Finance Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Municipal Securitization and Structured Finance Law Project Finance Law Land Use and Zoning Law Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Nonprofit / Charities Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
Brian W. Welch was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Brian W. Welch

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Dayton, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction

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Practice Area Definition

Litigation - Municipal Definition

Municipal litigation involves litigation in state and federal courts concerning lawsuits brought specifically against counties, cities, towns, school districts, police departments, and other governmental entities. These lawsuits often involve challenges to zoning and planning decisions, procedural and substantive claims under the Open Meetings Act or the Freedom of Information Act, and litigation over intergovernmental agreements and relationships.

Municipal litigation also may encompass eminent domain proceedings, code enforcement actions, disputes over the scope of home rule powers, citizen taxpayer suits, tax proceedings, election law challenges, questions relating to the appointment of emergency managers, and other disputes involving governmental entities, whether they be based in contract or tort. For example, municipal litigators may find themselves addressing disputes over construction projects involving private developers and construction companies, questions concerning rate setting by municipal utilities or negligence claims involving accidents that occurred on municipally controlled or municipally owned properties.

Although the disputes that municipalities may face are quite varied and broad, municipal litigators bring a special expertise to each of these disputes because of their familiarity with and knowledge of the specific universe of statutory law that applies to public bodies. Municipal litigation involves not only an understanding of the basic underlying dispute between the parties, but also an understanding of how the dispute is affected by the laws regulating and governing governmental entities in a specific jurisdiction.

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Municipal litigation involves litigation in state and federal courts concerning lawsuits brought specifically against counties, cities, towns, school districts, police departments, and other governmental entities. These lawsuits often involve challenges to zoning and planning decisions, procedural and substantive claims under the Open Meetings Act or the Freedom of Information Act, and litigation over intergovernmental agreements and relationships.

Municipal litigation also may encompass eminent domain proceedings, code enforcement actions, disputes over the scope of home rule powers, citizen taxpayer suits, tax proceedings, election law challenges, questions relating to the appointment of emergency managers, and other disputes involving governmental entities, whether they be based in contract or tort. For example, municipal litigators may find themselves addressing disputes over construction projects involving private developers and construction companies, questions concerning rate setting by municipal utilities or negligence claims involving accidents that occurred on municipally controlled or municipally owned properties.

Although the disputes that municipalities may face are quite varied and broad, municipal litigators bring a special expertise to each of these disputes because of their familiarity with and knowledge of the specific universe of statutory law that applies to public bodies. Municipal litigation involves not only an understanding of the basic underlying dispute between the parties, but also an understanding of how the dispute is affected by the laws regulating and governing governmental entities in a specific jurisdiction.