Local Government and Public Officials

Our attorneys have extensive experience representing local governments and public officials in a broad range of legal matters. The clients of the firm include State Agencies, Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs, Judges, Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Regional Jail Administrators and Staff, Boards of Supervisors, School Boards and School Administrators, Clerks of Court, Cities, Counties, and Towns, Industrial Authorities, Commissioners of the Revenue, Police Chiefs and Officers, Electoral Boards, and Universities and University Officials.

The team has extensive experience representing local governments and public officials in a broad range of legal matters. Representative clients include:

  • State Agencies;
  • Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs;
  • Judges;
  • Commonwealth’s Attorneys;
  • Regional Jail Administrators and Staff;
  • Boards of Supervisors;
  • School Boards and School Administrators;
  • Clerks of Court;
  • Cities, Counties, and Towns;
  • Industrial Authorities;
  • Commissioners of the Revenue;
  • Police Chiefs and Officers;
  • Electoral Boards; and
  • Universities and University Officials.

In addition, our team represents private clients in dealings with local and state government.

Among the types of matters handled for these clients are:

  • Employment law (discrimination claims, grievances, litigation, etc.);
  • Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • Land use (zoning, CUPs);
  • Drafting statutes and ordinances
  • Civil rights and constitutional claims (see separate web page for Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Litigation);
  • Election controversies;
  • Contempt of court charges (and other criminal charges brought against officials);
  • Contract claims;
  • State law torts (defamation, negligence, wrongful death, false imprisonment, etc.); and
  • Seminars and courses of instruction for public officials.

Our attorneys have dozens of published cases relating to their representation of local governments and public officials, including matters before Virginia Circuit Courts, the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States District Courts (Eastern and Western Districts), and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.