Cities, Villages, Towns & Counties

For over 50 years, our attorneys have worked with cities, villages, towns and counties throughout Wisconsin. We serve as local counsel to over 60 local governments assisting those clients on an ongoing basis with a full range of legal services, from straightforward ordinance drafting to complex project negotiation. We also provide special counsel services to other local governments on specific projects that require unique or specialized knowledge. Whether serving as local counsel or special counsel, we work closely with our clients to address and resolve legal issues sensibly and efficiently.

  • Environment

    Including soil and groundwater contamination, brownfields, regulatory compliance, contracting, and permitting.

  • Governance

    Including advising on powers, duties and ethical obligations, open records and open meetings law, and policy development.

  • Intergovernmental Entities

    Development of boundary agreements, member service agreements; intergovernmental cooperation agreements under state law; interstate compacts

  • Governmental Agreements

    Development of boundary agreements, member service agreements, intergovernmental cooperation agreements under state law, interstate compacts.

  • Labor and Employment

    We provide expertise in all phases and aspects of hiring, training, managing, terminating and litigating with respect to public sector employees.

  • Library Boards

    Advising Library Boards in their statutory duty to hire the librarian and oversee library personnel issues, and in their budgetary responsibility, including interaction with the state and county funding sources.

  • Litigation

    Representation in front of state and federal regulatory bodies, as well as contract disputes.

  • Project Development and Asset Transfer Agreements

    Negotiation of long term and short term power supply agreements (including EEI and NAEMA tariff agreements), wholesale water supply agreements, renewable energy project agreements, and asset purchase and sale agreements.

  • Public Construction

    Including public bidding, bonding, construction agreements, engineer and architect agreements, and permitting.

  • Utility Regulation

    Including regulated electric and water utilities, and unregulated wastewater and stormwater utilities.

  • Real Estate and Land Use

    Offers to purchase and sell, options, land contracts, tax and finance, due diligence reviews, land use and development, zoning changes and variances, declarations, and easements.

  • Right of Way Regulation

    Drafting, review, and defense of ordinances directed at utility use of local ROW