Municipal Law & Public Agencies Practice
Through the municipal law and public agency practice at Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC, our attorneys guide their clients through complex legal matters involving city halls and county boards in Vallejo and Solano County and throughout the surrounding communities. In addition, our lawyers represent municipalities and other public entities, providing advice and counsel in all the myriad legal issues governmental units face on a daily basis.
In many ways, operating a municipality or other public entity is like running a large corporation. For instance, government agencies are often the single largest employer in a community and therefore have to deal with all the issues faced by any large employer, including budgeting and payroll and human resources and labor issues, from wage and hour issues to employment discrimination and wrongful termination claims. But public entities operate differently than their counterparts in the private sector in a range of other ways as well. Public meetings, ethics rules, and an endless host of laws, rules, and regulations govern what employers and agencies in the public sector can and cannot do.
Attorneys representing or working with public agencies draw on business or commercial transactions, civil litigation, and real estate law experience, but with the added knowledge of municipal law. Our firm has represented independent special districts and other independent agencies, as well as the City of Vallejo and other municipalities. We currently represent the Vallejo Sanitation Flood Control District, handling all the legal issues for this large Solano County independent public entity. We also represent individuals and business that have dealings with a wide range of government agencies.
Our firm handles municipal law issues in a variety of areas, including:
- Contracting & Bidding Processes
- Public Meeting Law (Brown Act)
- Personnel Issues
- Duties and Responsibilities of Public Officials regarding Ethics & Conflicts of Interest
- California Public Records Act and Freedom of Information Requests
- Property Condemnation Acquisition & Disposition by the City
- Purchase and Sales of Property, Negotiating Easements & Rights of Way, Zoning
- Negotiating Government Contracts & Franchises, such as sanitation, ambulance service, cable, and other utilities
Municipalities and public agencies throughout the North Bay and Napa Valley area trust Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC to provide them with sound advice and counsel and effective advocacy in virtually any legal matter related to public sector governance. If you have a case involving municipal or public law, contact our firm for quality professional legal advice and representation.