Local Government

The Firm represents local government entities and municipalities as well as persons with legal issues implicating local government law.  Local government is a complex and challenging area of practice because it invokes so many bodies of law. Constitutional, statutory, and Texas common law as well as local ordinances and regulations all affect local government entities, municipalities, special districts and their constituents on a daily basis.

Therefore, understanding the applicable law, the appropriate administrative procedures, and each parties’ duties and responsibilities to one another is key to addressing any local government issue. Whether you are seeking special counsel to resolve one particular problem, or general counsel to serve on a more ongoing basis, the Firm is prepared to help you understand your legal rights or advise your council or commission on an ongoing basis in its day to day operations. Some of the Firm’s areas of experience include the following:

  • General City Attorney services
  • Open Records Requests (FOIA)
  • Ordinances and Code Codification
  • Land Use
  • Board of Adjustment
  • Substandard Buildings
  • Code Violations & Nuisance Abatements
  • Development Agreements
  • Permitting & Vested Rights
  • Annexations
  • Impact Fees
  • Certificates of Convenience & Necessity (CCNs)
  • Eminent Domain & Condemnation
  • Interlocal Agreements
  • 380 Agreements, Tax Abatements, Special Tax Permits
  • Home Rule Charters
  • Creation of special districts
  • Tax Increment Refinance Zones (TIRZs)
  • Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs)
  • Community Development Districts
  • Municipal Prosecution
  • City Council, board and commission training
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personnel

The Firm’s attorneys have previously served the following municipalities:

  • City of Baytown
  • City of Brazos Country
  • City of Bryan
  • City of Fulshear
  • City of Hunter’s Creek
  • City of Hedwig Village
  • City of Meadows Place
  • City of Mont Belvieu

The Firm currently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Oak Ridge North and EDC Attorney to the Mexia Economic Development Corporation. The Firm is also currently serving the City of Texas City on special economic development projects.

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