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Noting that a law firm provides representation to a municipality on matters that affect its governance and administration leaves much unsaid about the varied scope of that advocacy.

What actually does legal assistance provided in the realm of municipal and public-sector law entail?

In a nutshell, it can be noted foremost that it spans a wide universe of subject matter and related concerns. One online overview of municipal law stresses its coverage across “a wide range of issues.” As that article points out, a law firm well versed in municipal law helps clients with matters “including everything from police power, zoning, education policies and property taxes.”

And that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. At the established commercial law firm of Gottschlich & Portune in Dayton, our lawyers’ many decades of collective experience brought to bear on behalf of government clients ranges across a truly broad platform. Following is a representative listing of the various types of work our deep legal team does for Ohio townships, counties and public agencies:

  • Draft and review of legislation
  • Input on public works programs and developments, including advice rendered on financing, taxation and zoning
  • Advice on public safety and related concerns (e.g., police, fire and emergency services)
  • Clarification on constitutional, statutory and charter matters
  • Advocacy in employment and labor matters
  • Advice and assistance on legal matters impacting elections

Municipal law can vary materially in scope and detail among municipalities. We welcome contacts to our firm to discuss that reality and the manner in which we can provide assistance in what is unquestionably a singular area of the law.