Municipal Law

Clark Hill has represented hundreds of state and local municipalities and their inter-governmental entities as general counsel, special counsel, and bond counsel. Our absolute commitment to problem solving, swift responsiveness, and dedication to remaining at the forefront of industry trends, new case law, and anticipated changes in regulation allows us to predict and plan for the issues, problems, and concerns our clients face.

Our firm understands that municipal law is about community improvement, service to residents and taxpayers, and cost-effective, timely results. Our diligence serves as the catalyst for developing best practices and designing an actionable approach to responding to change.

At the core of our practice is collegiality, information-sharing, and brain-storming. We regularly discuss issues and trends, which allows us to provide far more multi-faceted and comprehensive advice and practical ways to assure our client's legal needs, policy goals, and objectives are achieved.

Select members of the Municipal team have gained significant insight into the inner workings of municipalities through prior government service. This experience ensures that we fully understand how municipalities operate and what issues are of importance.

Our clients are national in scope and include:

  • Cities, counties, villages, and townships
  • Road commissions
  • Community mental health authorities
  • 911 authorities
  • School districts
  • Brownfield redevelopment authorities
  • Downtown development authorities
  • Economic develop corporations
  • Fire and other emergency services boards and authorities
  • Libraries, local development finance authorities, and sanitary sewer authorities
  • Tax increment financing authorities
  • Utility and water authorities

Experience

Served as Assistant Allegheny County solicitor (1982-86).
Solicitor to The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (2008-present).
Co-Solicitor to the Allegheny County Airport Authority (May 2012-present).
Co-Solicitor to the Allegheny County Industrial Development Authority, the Allegheny County Hospital Development Authority, the Allegheny County Higher Education Building Authority and the Allegheny County Residential Finance Authority.
Represented a county in connection with the sale and transfer of delinquent real estate tax receivables
Reviewed tax-exempt equipment leases on behalf of municipal entity-lessees
Served as solicitor to an industrial development authority and a water authority, rendering advice thereto on all matters including general contracts and procurement issues, rate matters, Sunshine and Ethics Acts, investment powers, project financing, and employee benefit matters
Lead counsel in three-year defense of municipality and its officers and employees in an unprecedented lawsuit filed by a scorned real estate developer seeking recovery in excess of $80 million based on an alleged conspiracy between elected officials, municipal staff and solicitor, and community members to deny land use approval for proposed construction
Authored the winning brief in the unanimously decided Pennsylvania Supreme Court case of Sphere Drake v. PGW, 782 A.2d 510 (Pa. 2001)
Devised and executed successful legal, lobbying, and media strategy to defeat powerful and vocal institutional and community support for grant of multi-million dollar government subsidy to client's direct competitor
Represented state agency in lawsuit involving application of public bidding laws
Special Counsel to a Pennsylvania County in connection with the renovation of the former County Jail, a national historic landmark, which was converted for use as a family court building
Represented various counties in connection with the sale of county nursing homes
News
Clark Hill PLC Receives National and Regional Tier 1 Rankings in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers, “Best Law Firms” Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars143 Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorney Kenneth P. Lane to Present at the Michigan Municipal League’s 2018 League Event Series, February 1, 2018Clark Hill Attorneys Sandra S. Hamilton and Kenneth P. Lane to Present at the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Winter Workshop, January 18, 2018Sixty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Leading LawyersClark Hill Attorney Ken Lane to Present at the Michigan Municipal League's 2017 League Convention, September 13-15, 2017Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSeventy-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorney Kenneth P. Lane to Present at the International Association of Electrical Inspectors Michigan Chapter 2017 Summer Educational Meeting June 15-16, 2017. Clark Hill Attorney Kenneth P. Lane Published in Michigan Municipal League “The Review” Magazine Clark Hill Announces Attorneys Elected to Membership, Promotions to Senior AttorneyAxe & Ecklund Joins Clark HillClark Hill PLC Receives National Tier 1 Ranking for Litigation – Construction in the 2016 Edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers, “Best Law Firms”Sixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 ListClark Hill PLC Receives National and Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America's “Best Law Firms”Sixty-Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaExperienced Municipal Law Attorney Joseph W. Colaianne Joins Clark Hill’s Lansing Office Clark Hill Attorney Jenice Mitchell Ford to Present at the 29th Annual Advanced Institute March 24, 2015Clark Hill Attorney Jonathan Hugg Comments on New Police Contract in The Scranton Times-TribuneClark Hill attorney Jonathan Hugg quoted in The Scranton Times-Tribune article on city’s revised contract with police unionClark Hill PLC Attorney Jeremy S. Motz to Present on the “Fundamentals of School Purchasing” for the Michigan Institute for Educational Management on December 4 Clark Hill PLC Attorney Jeremy S. Motz Recently Presented “Development & Managing RFPs for School Purchasing” for the Michigan Institute for Educational Management on November 13Clark Hill Attorneys John L. Gierak and Daniel L. Eyer to Present to Macomb Human Resource Professionals on November 13, 2014