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Municipal Law

Oregon municipal law attorneys offer counsel

Municipal law, which governs the operation of cities and towns and which regulates the delivery of essential services, is the body of law that has the most immediate impact on everyday citizens. By controlling police, fire departments, public schools and garbage pickup, municipal law significantly affects a community’s quality of life. Municipal law is also the place where theoretical Constitutional protections are put to the test, as zoning decisions clash with private-property rights, parking restrictions aid or impede commerce, and elections preserve or subvert democratic rule. The attorneys at Monahan, Grove & Tucker have more than 50 combined years of experience in actively engaging in municipal law. The firm represents local governing bodies and individual citizens in cases related to:

  • Boundary changes
  • Building and construction
  • Economic development
  • Elected officials
  • Elections
  • Eminent domain
  • Employment law, including union and nonunion public employees
  • Environmental law
  • Ethics
  • Financial affairs
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Governing bodies
  • Land use, annexation, zoning and condemnation
  • Legal issues incidental to managing city services
  • Litigation
  • Municipal court prosecution and operations
  • Open meeting and records laws compliance
  • Ordinance drafting
  • Utilities and water

Litigation on behalf of local government

Too often, economic development that would benefit an overwhelming majority is hindered by a small, non-representative group. Red tape on the state or federal level can also stymie progress. When a city ordinance, practice or development stirs up conflict with state and federal agencies, community groups, or individual residents, Monahan, Grove & Tucker provides robust representation to protect the interests of the city in service of the people it represents.

Counseling city officers and elected officials on compliance issues

Newly elected officials often need to be educated on the differences between standard operating procedures in the public and private sectors. This can also be true for veteran city managers. Monahan, Grove & Tucker has the knowledge, experience and resources to inform responsible officers about the requirements of open meeting and open records law, the code of ethics and numerous other problems that are frequently faced by local entities. The firm can even help in drafting ordinances to avoid conflict with existing precedent.

Contact a trusted and established municipal law firm in Oregon

To schedule an appointment with Monahan, Grove & Tucker, call us today at 541-938-3377 today or contact the firm online.