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Municipal Law


Municipalities and public entities are held to increasing challenges and constantly changing standards of liability in their efforts to deliver key services. This, combined with the challenges of funding essential government functions, has made operating a public entity increasingly challenging. Now more than ever, proactive legal counsel can assist public entities in avoiding pitfalls, leveraging public-private partnerships, and dealing with the growing maze of regulation.

Carlile Patchen & Murphy understands the needs of local governments. We are experienced in advising and representing municipalities on a variety of issues, including:

  • Legislative matters
  • Discrimination and civil rights claims
  • Labor negotiations and grievances
  • Municipal liability
  • Municipal governance
  • Annexation
  • Zoning
  • Eminent domain
  • Franchises
  • Taxation
  • Economic development and incentives
  • Public-records and open-meetings issues
  • Litigation
  • Public Finance

Public Entities

Because of our expertise, we have been appointed as contracted City Attorneys, special counsel, and special investigators on sensitive matters that require discretion and neutrality. We also work with public universities on matters ranging from employment law advice to complicated real estate transactions, bond financing for public structures, public-records issues, and complex litigation.

Public Finance/Economic Development

Our attorneys are also experienced in helping governmental issuers structure public finance transactions for infrastructure, essential services and economic development, and in meeting the regulatory requirements for such transactions. We are recognized for creative solutions in developing financing solutions for emerging technologies such as solar energy and the recycling of waste products. We have served in all capacities related to public finance transactions, including bond counsel, underwriters' counsel and special issuer's counsel and are recognized in the Bond Buyers Municipal Marketplace Directory.

Carlile Patchen & Murphy offers efficient, aggressive and creative counsel and representation to public entities. We make a determined effort to anticipate problems, rather than merely responding to them. Our commitment to meeting the highest professional standards is absolute.