Find Lawyers in Madison, Wisconsin for Municipal Law
A Wisconsin practitioner since 1977 and a shareholder in Murphy Desmond S.C., Mr. Bechler's practice emphasizes municipal, probate and property tax law. Mr. Bechler currently serves as co-chair of the firm's Municipal Law Practice Group. He has substantial experience in representing both municipal governments and citizens in their relationship with governments in such areas as land use, subdivision, zoning, property tax and economic development law. Mr. Bechler has a solid background in all a...
Attorney Ginger Zimmerman is the President and Managing Shareholder at Murphy Desmond S.C., having joined the firm in 1992. Her practice combines her experience in business, real estate, bankruptcy, secured transactions, agricultural and commercial transactions and litigation. She represents creditors, debtors, receivers and Trustees in bankruptcies, collections, reorganizations, liquidations and Wisconsin Chapter 128 proceedings. Zimmerman also represents purchasers, sellers, landlords and t...
Municipal Law Definition
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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