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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: 2001
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Nonprofit / Charities Law Municipal Law Employment Law - Management Corporate Law Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Salina, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Municipal Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Public Finance Law
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: 2021
  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Public Finance Law Municipal Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Insurance Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Government Relations Practice Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Education Law
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: 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: 1987
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Governance Law Utilities Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Corporate Law Municipal Law Financial Services Regulation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Danbury, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Elder Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    St. Charles, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Land Use and Zoning Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Municipal Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Litigation - Municipal Construction Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Municipal Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Native American Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    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: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Commercial Litigation Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Energy Law Municipal Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
Vincent M. Marino was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Vincent M. Marino

Marino, Zabel & Schellenberg, PLLC
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Orange, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law 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: 2014
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Municipal Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Education Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals Employment Law - Management Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Municipal Law Economic Development Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Environmental Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Municipal Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Oxford, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Reston, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Municipal Law Food and Beverage Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Municipal Law Corporate Law
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: 2007
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Environmental Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Municipal Law
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:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Municipal Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Spokane, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
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: 2019
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Energy Law Public Finance Law Utilities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securitization and Structured Finance Law Project Finance Law Municipal Law Economic Development Law Public Finance Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Employment Law - Management Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Real Estate Law Land Use and Zoning Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    St. Charles, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance Law Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Environmental Law Energy Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Government Relations Practice Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law
Lawyer
Benjamin H. Joyce was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Benjamin H. Joyce

Lesemann & Associates, LLC
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Banking and Finance Law

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Practice Area Definition

Municipal Law Definition

Municipal law is specific to a particular county, city, town, or township, or other district or governmental entity possessing corporate status and usually its own governing body. Generally, governmental subdivisions are referred to as municipalities. Municipalities derive their authority from the supreme power in the state and are typically operated by varying forms of governing bodies comprised of elected and/or appointed officials who are responsible for directing the affairs of the municipality through the promulgation of laws, policies, and regulations.     

Attorneys who practice municipal law act as a municipality’s attorney for all legal matters or special counsel for specific legal matters. Municipal attorneys also assist in ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the municipality and any matters enacted by its governing body comply with local, state, and federal laws. These laws include those that may affect any potential liability of the municipality and those elected or appointed individuals and employees involved in its operations. The practice of municipal law encompasses a wide range of issues including, but not limited to the scope of the municipality’s police power, employment, and labor issues, real estate, zoning and land use matters, economic development, imposition of taxes, public bidding and contracts, tax assessments, environmental regulations, and access to public meetings and public information.

Municipal attorneys can also act as private legal counsel, providing services for individuals, partnerships, corporations, and other entities in their encounters, both adversarial and non-adversarial, with governmental entities.  

Finally, a municipal attorney may act as an advocate for municipalities and private entities before various courts, administrative agencies, and the municipality’s various boards and commissions.

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Municipal law is specific to a particular county, city, town, or township, or other district or governmental entity possessing corporate status and usually its own governing body. Generally, governmental subdivisions are referred to as municipalities. Municipalities derive their authority from the supreme power in the state and are typically operated by varying forms of governing bodies comprised of elected and/or appointed officials who are responsible for directing the affairs of the municipality through the promulgation of laws, policies, and regulations.     

Attorneys who practice municipal law act as a municipality’s attorney for all legal matters or special counsel for specific legal matters. Municipal attorneys also assist in ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the municipality and any matters enacted by its governing body comply with local, state, and federal laws. These laws include those that may affect any potential liability of the municipality and those elected or appointed individuals and employees involved in its operations. The practice of municipal law encompasses a wide range of issues including, but not limited to the scope of the municipality’s police power, employment, and labor issues, real estate, zoning and land use matters, economic development, imposition of taxes, public bidding and contracts, tax assessments, environmental regulations, and access to public meetings and public information.

Municipal attorneys can also act as private legal counsel, providing services for individuals, partnerships, corporations, and other entities in their encounters, both adversarial and non-adversarial, with governmental entities.  

Finally, a municipal attorney may act as an advocate for municipalities and private entities before various courts, administrative agencies, and the municipality’s various boards and commissions.