Municipal law requires knowledge and experience in many areas of law. Some of these are particular to local government, such as the open meeting and public records laws, ordinance drafting and enforcement, land use regulations, property taxation, and budgeting. Like businesses and other organizations, municipal operations also raise legal issues involving contracts, real estate, zoning, permitting, employment, personal injury, and insurance. A municipal attorney must therefore have broad legal knowledge and experience.
We represent several Vermont towns, some tiny, others not. In doing so, we have forged enduring relationships, some of which exceed thirty years. Municipal officials change over time. As a result, the continuity of our representation provides towns and officials with critical institutional knowledge and memory.
When necessary, our trial attorneys litigate on behalf of towns to enforce ordinances and permit, protect public resources, and uphold contracts. We also defend towns against claims made that are not covered by insurance.