Municipalities face a broad range of issues on a daily basis requiring legal advice and assistance, including land use issues, personnel and employment matters, procurement and construction projects, real estate transactions, budgets and fiscal management, economic development, and environmental issues.
Our firm can serve as an advisor to the city council and the mayor, assisting those legislative and executive functions with administrative law litigation and appellate advocacy, compliance with open meetings and open records, municipal court matters and code enforcement, and other needs which arise. We can also work in tandem with your city attorneys when additional resources or expertise are called for.
As your city grows, our office can assist you with your growing needs, including
- Preparing and reviewing home rule charters and amendments
- Developing handbooks and policy manuals
- Determining compliance with state and federal laws
- Drafting and examining contracts, deeds and leases
- Composing ordinances and resolutions
- Elections, annexation and incorporation
Local governments are creatures of the state. As such, they have no sovereign powers and can exercise only those functions which are delegated or granted by state government. Yet more and more responsibility has been devolving upon local government in recent years with no concomitant increase in discretionary authority.
With an overwhelmingly urban population, the 4,700 local governments in Texas have had to face growing financial demands with limited financial options. Voter control over property taxes and bond issues has left the cities increasingly reliant on a regressive tax base. Now more than ever, proper municipal functioning depends on quality legal advice and representation that can solve problems quickly and efficiently. Contact our office to help your city meet the needs of its citizens in a responsible and effective manner.