Municipal & Civil Service Law

Municipal Law

We can help your municipality address your city and constituents' needs by providing complete and well thought out legal advice that takes into account the particular circumstances at issue.  If you are looking for a long term counselor and legal advocate or if you need help which a specific problem, choosing the right attorney may be the most important part of the process.  Our commitment to you and all of our governmental clients is that we strive to provide the information, advice and legal strategies necessary to best allow continued exemplary service to the public in a responsible, cost effective manner. 
 
Civil Service Law
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Our State’s civil service system was established to protect and insulate certain employees (most often police and fire employees) from the year end, year out political and electoral changes in local government while maintaining a fair system of pay and opportunity for promotion.  This system can also create difficulties and unique challenges.  There are numerous “traps for the unwary” that can significantly impact local government operations.    
 
Unfortunately, some situations require counseling or discipline of civil service protected employees.  A municipality must fully comply with all civil service procedures.  If it doesn’t, in most cases, any discipline imposed will be declared an “absolute nullity,” and the discipline reversed.  For example, the employee could be reinstated (if terminated) and entitled to full back pay.  We can help you navigate this process and defend your municipality in civil service board proceedings and any subsequent litigation.
 
If you are a civil service employee who receives a “target letter” notifying you that you are the subject of an investigation, you are literally fighting for your job, your livelihood, and your reputation (which will follow you for the rest of your career).  It is important that you hire a knowledgeable attorney who understands what is at stake.  We will work tirelessly to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your rights are protected. 
 
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