West Virginia Municipal Law Attorneys Offer Counsel to City Governments

Experienced attorneys handle zoning, regulation, compliance and litigation for municipalities in the Charleston area

Municipal law, which governs the operation of cities and towns and regulates the delivery of essential services, is the body of law that has the most immediate impact on everyday citizens. By controlling police, fire departments, public schools and garbage pickup, municipal law significantly affects a community’s quality of life and is also where theoretical constitutional protections are put to the test when zoning decisions clash with private property rights, parking restrictions aid or impede commerce, and elections preserve or subvert democratic rule. Forbes Law Offices PLLC helps local governing bodies in the Charleston area and throughout West Virginia handle these and other issues so that they can effectively and legally serve their communities.

Skilled lawyers represent municipalities in a range of matters

At our firm, we provide knowledgeable legal advice and advocacy to cities and towns in the region on matters that involve their ability to provide essential services. We handle transactions and cases related to:

  • Boundary changes
  • Building and construction
  • Economic development
  • Elected officials
  • Elections
  • Eminent domain
  • Employment law, including union and nonunion public employees
  • Environmental law
  • Ethics
  • Financial affairs
  • Freedom of Information Act cases
  • Governing bodies
  • Land use, annexation, zoning and condemnation
  • Legal issues incidental to managing city services
  • Litigation
  • Municipal court prosecution and operations
  • Open meeting and records laws compliance
  • Ordinance drafting
  • Utilities and water

Our attorneys have experience handling a diverse range of matters related to municipal law and are committed to representing the full interests of cities and towns as they provide government services.

Proven counselors handle litigation on behalf of local governments

Our firm guides city, town and county governments through a wide variety of legal issues and processes.

Too often, economic development that would benefit an overwhelming majority is hindered by a small, nonrepresentative group. Red tape on the state or federal level can also stymie progress. When a city ordinance, practice or development stirs up conflict with state and federal agencies, community groups or individual residents, we provide robust representation to protect the interests of the city in service of the people it represents.

Knowledgeable advisers counsel city officers and elected officials on compliance issues

Newly elected officials often need to be educated on the differences between standard operating procedures in the public and private sectors. This can also be true for veteran city managers. We have the knowledge, experience and resources to inform responsible officers on the requirements of open meeting and open records law, the code of ethics, and numerous other issues frequently faced by local entities. We can even assist in drafting ordinances to avoid conflict with existing precedent.

Contact a trusted West Virginia law firm representing municipalities

At Forbes Law Offices PLLC, in Charleston, we handle a range of legal issues for municipalities throughout West Virginia. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 304-205-9202 or contact our firm online