MUNICIPAL & PUBLIC ENTITY LAW

Rupp Baase attorneys represent counties, towns, cities, public authorities, and other public entities in a wide variety of matters.  Innovative fee arrangements are available.

We have extensive experience with claims, litigation, and special proceedings such as proceedings pursuant to CPLR Article 78.  Our attorneys regularly appear in state and federal court as well as before administrative law judges.  We fight vigorously against false, fraudulent, and abusive claims and litigation, and protect the public purse by guarding against claims for exaggerated damages.

Our municipal and public-entity clients trust us with labor and employment matters, including handling of grievances, PERB charges, and employee discipline.  We also offer comprehensive environmental law services, from counseling on projects and matters of public concern to litigation.  Another highlight of our services is our ability to counsel on land-use issues, and to litigate challenges to zoning, assessment, and eminent-domain determinations.

Our municipal & entity law practice area capabilities include:

  • Section 1983 Civil Rights Actions
  • Contract drafting / Procurement
  • Litigation and regulatory matters arising out of the spilling of discharging of contaminants
  • Real Estate / Leasing / Construction
  • Bankruptcy and Collection Matters
  • Employee Discipline
  • 50-h Examinations
  • Open Meetings Law and Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Municipal Right-of-Way Issues
  • Environmental due diligence and litigation counseling: biosolids, windmills, asbestos, and lead paint
  • Labor & Employment matters
  • Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Proceedings
  • Collective Bargaining Negotiations
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Drafting Local Laws and Ordinances
  • Tort Claims

Our Municipal & Public Entity Attorney:

JOHN KOLAGA

Banking & Collections Law / Business Law & Litigation / Commercial Real Estate / Environmental Law / Municipality & Public Entity Law
John Kolaga – Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham | Buffalo, NY

JILL YONKERS

Education Law / Insurance Defense Litigation / Municipality & Public Entity Law

SEAN COSTELLO

Business Law & Litigation / Education Law / Municipality & Public Entity Law
Sean Costello – Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham | Buffalo, NY