Municipal Utilities

For over 50 years, our attorneys have worked with municipal utilities on the legal issues they face in providing utility service to the public.  We have the knowledge and experience to assist municipal utilities in all aspects of their operation from initial formation through dissolution, and everything in between.  As legal counsel to several municipal utility trade associations, we know the issues municipal utilities face.

Types of Municipal Utilities

  • Electric

    Municipal electric utilities regulated by the PSC.

  • Wastewater

    Wastewater utilities operated by municipalities and sanitary districts.

  • Water

    Municipal water utilities that are regulated by the PSC and DNR.

  • Stormwater

    Utilities operated by municipalities to fund stormwater requirements.

Municipal Utility Services

  • Contract Negotiations

    Pole attachment agreements, territorial agreements, power supply agreements, and water tower license agreements.

  • Environmental

    Regulatory compliance, permitting, and contamination.

  • Governance

    Including policy development; open records and open meetings law guidance; and conflicts of interest.

  • Intergovernmental Relations

    Service agreements, boundary agreements, and territorial issues.

  • Labor and Employment

    All phases and aspects of hiring, training, managing, terminating and litigating with respect to public sector employees.

  • Litigation

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

  • Project Development 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

    Bidding, bonding, construction agreements, engineer/architect agreements, permitting, and compliance with federal grant regulations.

  • 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, and declarations and easements.

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