Tried and Trusted Counsel for Pennsylvania Municipalities
More than 25 municipal entities across Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties have relied on our attorneys for experienced solicitor’s counsel. Guiding municipalities in legislative, transactional, compliance and litigation matters is not a side business for us: it is the core of what we do.
Clients rely on us for our in-depth understanding of prevailing law and best practices in municipal management. With a service approach centered on responsiveness and practical guidance, we help elected officials and administrators grapple with the major opportunities and challenges before them as well as the smaller operational matters municipalities must successfully – and efficiently – navigate daily.
We currently serve as solicitor or special counsel to numerous municipalities and related entities in the Philadelphia suburbs, including the following:
Bristol Township School District
Central Bucks Regional Police Commission
Cheltenham Township Zoning Hearing Board
Chester City Zoning Hearing Board
Downingtown Municipal Water Authority
East Norriton Township
Municipality of Norristown
North Wales Borough
Upper Merion Township
Clients benefit not only from our substantial experience in having represented more than 25 Pennsylvania municipalities, but also from our attorneys’ varied background and roles in the public sector and with regional nonprofit organizations.
Our team is led by Sean Kilkenny, Sheriff of Montgomery County and a long-serving member of the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Team members’ experience includes the following:
- In-house counsel to a regional home builder
- Lieutenant Colonel and Staff Judge Advocate of the 94 th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve
- Professor at Temple University School of Law
- Council president, Jenkintown Borough
- Chair, Narberth Civil Service Commission
- Chair, Montgomery Bar Association’s Municipal Law Committee
- Appointee, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s County Records Committee
- Judicial fellow, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
- Assistant district attorney, Lycoming County
Our municipal law attorneys also have experience as leaders and board directors of area nonprofits focused on education, health services, youth athletics, and local politics.
Areas of Service
Townships, boroughs, and related entities – including zoning hearing boards, police commissions, and utility authorities – typically engage us in our capacity as solicitor, or as adjunct or special counsel on discrete projects. Core areas of service include the following:
We counsel clients on municipal bidding requirements and procedures to ensure compliance with prevailing law. Our team also routinely drafts, reviews and negotiates a wide range of agreements for our municipal clients.
Our services to municipal clients include guidance on employment policies, resolution of disputes with individual employees, and handling of collective bargaining matters.
- Financing and Taxation
We help clients evaluate financing options for a variety of municipal improvement projects. Our attorneys collaborate with bond counsel and issue opinions as borrower’s counsel. Clients also turn to us on a variety of taxation matters, including levying and collecting taxes.
Our attorneys regularly advise municipalities on approaches and techniques to avoid litigation. When disputes cannot be resolved through private negotiation, our team is equipped to represent clients – as plaintiff, defendant, and in appeals matters – in a range of state and federal courts, including the Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Municipal Management
Our team assists clients in core aspects of municipal management, including governing body and staff administration, open meeting procedures, review and amendment of ordinances, drafting of public notices and resolutions, code enforcement, and inter-governmental agreements.
- Real Estate
Services related to real estate include guidance on the acquisition, disposition, development and improvement of property. We negotiate, document and close transactions on behalf of municipalities and handle associated zoning and land use matters. Our firm has particular experience with utility easements, conservation easements, open space acquisition, eminent domain procedures, and deed restrictions and covenants.
- Zoning & Land Use
Our team has extensive experience advising municipalities on subdivision, land development, zoning and related land use matters in Pennsylvania. We regularly counsel on zoning enforcement, and we draft and amend land use ordinances. Our attorneys draft and negotiate development, financial security, and stormwater management agreements between our clients and developers. In addition, we routinely represent municipalities in zoning and land use disputes in front of local zoning hearing boards, Courts of Common Pleas, and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
Clients turn to our firm for counsel on a broad array of municipal matters, many of which relate to daily management and operations. We also have ample experience with high stakes, high complexity, precedent-setting matters. Representative examples of our attorneys’ experience are as follows:
- Facilitated one of the most significant conservation transactions in the history of Montgomery County by guiding collaboration between developers and municipalities on the 400+ acre Erdenheim Farms property, ensuring protection of 140 acres through use of sophisticated land preservation and financing techniques
- Provided pivotal guidance as first and sole solicitor to newly-merged Doylestown and New Britain police departments
- Negotiated Act 537 Plan and inter-municipal sewer agreement between Jenkintown Borough, Cheltenham Township and the City of Philadelphia, as mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection
- Represented Kennett Township in purchase of 45 acres of farmland, working with property owner, conservation organization and other entities to preserve land and create Barkingfield Park, the township’s first park under its sole authority
- Successfully represented a Bucks County township in a Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania case; outcome contributed to the elimination of the controversial “resort area” exception to the state’s liquor license quota system
- Collected over $1.2 million in delinquent taxes in special counsel capacity to Upper Merion Township
- Prevailed on behalf of Hatfield Township in recovering substantial funds from a bankrupt developer to help complete a residential subdivision