LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES

The Firm represents local government entities and municipalities as well as persons with legal issues implicating local government law. Local government is a complex and challenging area of practice because it invokes so many bodies of law. Constitutional, statutory, and Texas common law as well as local ordinances and regulations all affect local government entities, municipalities, special districts and their constituents on a daily basis.

Therefore, understanding the applicable law, the appropriate administrative procedures, and each parties’ duties and responsibilities to one another is key to addressing any local government issue. Whether you are seeking special counsel to resolve one particular problem, or general counsel to serve on a more ongoing basis, the Firm is prepared to help you understand your legal rights or advise your council or commission on an ongoing basis in its day to day operations.

Some of the Firm’s areas of experience include the following:

 

  • General City Attorney services
  • Open Records Requests (FOIA)
  • Ordinances/Resolutions and Code Codification
  • Land Use
  • Board of Adjustment
  • Substandard Buildings
  • Code Violations & Nuisance Abatement
  • Development Agreements
  • Permitting & Vested Rights
  • Annexations and eminent domain issues
  • Impact Fees
  • Certificates of Convenience & necessity (CCNs)
  • Eminent Domain & Condemnation
  • Interlocal Agreements
  • 380 Agreements, Tax Abatements, Special Tax Permits
  • Home Rule Charters and amendments
  • Creation of special districts
  • Tax Increment Refinance Zones (TIRZs)
  • Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs)
  • Community Development Districts
  • Municipal Prosecution
  • City Council – board and commission training
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personnel including both Civil Service and non-Civil Service employees
  • Business Contracts and agreements
  • Bidding and procurement
  • Real estate matters – condemnations, platting, deeds, easements and construction projects
  • Subdivision regulations
  • Zoning and development processes
  • Open meetings and records
  • State law as it pertains to municipalities including municipal finance law
  • Economic Development Corporations
  • Economic Development incentives

The Firm currently serves the following municipalities:

  • City of Oak Ridge North
  • City of Oak Ridge North Economic Development Corporation
  • City of Oak Ridge Noth TIRZ No. 1
  • City of Mexia Economic Development Corporation
  • City of Palestine Economic Development Corporation
  • City of Texas City – Special Economic Development Counsel
  • City of Sealy – Special Legal Counsel
  • City of Sealy Economic Development Corporation – EDC Counsel
  • Buda 4B Economic Development Corporation – EDC Counsel
  • City of Santa Fe Section 4B Economic Development Corporation
  • City of Coffee City Economic Development Corporation