When handling municipal matters, experience counts. Our attorneys have served as both elected and appointed government officials on the state and local level. Chaired by Scott Middleton, our Municipal Liability department has advised and represented some of the largest municipalities in New York State and on Long Island including counties, cities, towns, villages, and school districts. Seven out of ten towns in Suffolk County have called our attorneys their counsel. This experience has taught us how to address the issues that elected and appointed officials face when defending and prosecuting cases and gives us a unique ability to effectively problem-solve.
The firm represents municipalities in a variety of matters, including litigation in state and federal court. Representative matters include defense of personal injury, property damage, and civil rights claims; civil service law; zoning, subdivision, and land use; road design; enforcement proceedings; Article 78 proceedings; labor issues; Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Meetings Law issues; and environmental matters including SEQRA (State Environmental Quality and Review Act) and CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act).