The experience to drive results.
We have one of the premier public sector teams in our region. Our attorneys provide legal services to some of the largest public entities and school districts in our footprint, including the cities of Cincinnati and Dayton, OH, Lexington and Louisville, KY, and Indianapolis and Marion County, IN. We also advise some of the smallest public entities and every size in between.
Our attorneys have a keen understanding of the everyday blocking and tackling, deal and decision making required to get out ahead of potential problems in the public sector. With a tailored, outcome-focused approach, we help public sector clients quickly and creatively resolve complex issues and implement disciplined solutions to drive economic growth and strengthen their communities.
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We advise our public sector clients on all aspects of labor and employment law, working with them to develop proactive and cost-effective solutions to the issues that public entities face on a daily basis.Â We represent public entities, large and small, in connection with labor contracts and collective bargaining matters. We also handle issuesÂ relating to ADA, FMLA, FLSA, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower laws, as well as unemployment or workersâ compensation, due process, statutory and common law claims.
- Collective bargaining
- ADA, FMLA, FLSA, Discrimination, Harassment, Whistleblower Claims
- Wrongful discharge
- Civil Service Hearings
- EEOC & State Agency Proceedings
- Handling grievances and arbitrations
- Discipline & Discharge
- Workersâ Compensation Defense
- Unemployment Compensation Defense
- Due process claims
- Common law claims
- Statutory claims
- Consultation and training
Our team has defended hundreds of zoning commission and board of zoning appeals decisions as well as defended many constitutional challenges to zoning ordinances. We have also counseled and negotiated on behalf of clients in a wide range of multi-million-dollar construction and real estate matters involving municipal, township and school-related projects. We are uniquely situated in that we represent, as general and special counsel, numerous cities and villages across our footprint in real estate litigation, inverse condemnation and eminent domain cases, including the successful management of over 100 eminent domain lawsuits in the last five years alone. While we stand ready to aggressively defend public entities in litigation, we are equally adept at guiding clients through the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process.
- Advice on project delivery methods and contract types, including lump sum, cost-plus fee, guaranteed maximum price, design-bid-build, design-build, construction management at-risk, construction management agency, and multi-prime procurement.
- Risk management/best practices counseling and training
- Claims and dispute resolution (including defect and schedule impact claims)
- Mechanics’ liens and payments disputes
- Mediation and arbitration (as advocates and neutrals)
- Insurance counseling and claims
- Surety bond counseling and claims
Our extensive experience in all aspects of the procurement process gives our clients an uncommon advantage. We work with them on the “front end” to structure contracts in such a way that minimizes risks and significantly reduces the likelihood of disputes. Additionally, we help clients efficiently manage their procurement needs and assist with in-house audits and staff training sessions relating best practices for claims avoidance, project documentation, key contract issues, procurement policies and procedures and other legal issues faced by municipalities.
- Counseling on the public bidding and purchasing process
- “Front-end” review of projects to determine effective strategies
- Advising clients on bid review and award
- Prosecuting bid contests
- Contract negotiation, preparation and review
- Preparation of standardized purchase order forms for routine transactions
- Insurance review and counseling
- In-house audits and staff training sessions on best practices for claims avoidance, project documentation, key contract issues, procurement policies and procedures and other legal issues faced by municipalities.
Our government services team has attorneys on hand who can provide experienced guidance on our clients’ legal and ethical responsibilities under various privacy laws, including those required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, USA Patriot Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Childrenâs Online Privacy Protection Act, and the FTC’s Identity Theft Red Flag Rules. We provide training and counsel government entities on how to strengthen their privacy and data management practices. We use a coordinated approach to risk assessments and the development of compliance solutions for the public sector, often working with clients in a preemptive nature to minimize both the fiscal and reputational impact of potential data breaches, ransomware, and other forms of cyber theft.
- The development and formulation of website security and privacy statements and disclosures
- Advertising and marketing issues, including those raised by targeted behavioral advertising
- Issues concerning identity theft, including medical identity theft
- Issues raised by federal computer security and trade secret statutes
- Record retention policies and practices
- Formulating Identity Theft Red Flag Programs and procedures
- Employment information confidentiality
- Education information privacy
- Reviewing and drafting third party service provider confidentiality agreements
- Planning for andÂ responding to data security breaches throughout the country
- HIPAA compliant business associate agreements and data use agreements
- HIPAA privacy and security policies and procedure
We assist with planning, drafting of forms, legislation, resolutions, and ordinances, investigations, prosecution of violations, and defense of claims, whether in litigation or in the administrative process.Â We also offer routine advice and guidance before, during, and after the process, in several substantive areas:
- Government relations and lobbying
- Liquor licensing
- Adult cabaret regulations
- Environmental conservation legislation
- Regulatory sandboxes
- Tax-increment financing
- Zoning classifications
- Economic development initiatives
- Cooperative purchasing agreements
- Charter schools
- Energy efficiency incentives (ePADs)
Our attorneys have deep subject-matter expertise with respect to Sunshine Law compliance, including both federal public records laws and their “blue sky” counterparts. We provide annual training on our clients’ public records and open meetings obligations. We also routinely assist clients in responding to subpoenas and information requests, helping ensure ensure full compliance with federal and state law. We work closely with our public-sector clients to avoid other Constitutional challenges as well, including those involving First Amendment, Free Exercise and Establishment Clause, and Searches and Seizures.
Our latest thinking on legal issues impacting the public sector.
U.S. Department of Educationâs Title IX Notice Gives Insight into LGBTQ+ Discrimination Claims
July 12, 2021 | Publications
In a âNotice of Interpretationâ published June 16, the U.S. Department of Education Office for C...
Court Rules on the âCussing Cheerleaderâ Case: Implications for Schools and Student Off-Campus S...
June 23, 2021 | Publications
On June 23, 2021, the United States Supreme Court concluded that a public school violated a studentâ...
Juneteenth Declared Holiday in Ohio and the U.S.: What are Political Subdivision Impacts?
June 21, 2021 | Publications
On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recognized Juneteenth as a natio...
Life Moves Closer to âNormalâ for Fully Vaccinated Individuals in Ohio
May 20, 2021 | Coronavirus Response Team
Many states and localities are now rescinding orders which previously had mandated face coverings/ma...
Ohioâs Public Agencies Need to Prepare for In-Person Meetings
May 18, 2021 | Publications
Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Legislature has permitted virtual public mee...
Kentucky PSC Chairman Comments on Solar Development Siting Issues
May 18, 2021 | Publications
Kentucky Public Service Commission Chairman Michael Schmitt provided some very candid commentary abo...