General Counsel

Local government officials are on the front-line of providing the daily services most needed and expected by the residents and businesses of each community. These services are the fundamental building blocks for preserving and enhancing the quality of life in a community. Examples include police, fire, and emergency services; street and sidewalk maintenance and repair; care and development of parks and recreational areas; and assuring the availability of utilities and infrastructure.

The attorneys at Wood + Lamping have been serving as general counsel to communities with diligence and integrity continuously for more than 40 years.  We often serve as the appointed Law Director or Solicitor for public agencies, such as cities, villages, townships, school districts, housing authorities, and other governmental entities. The ever-growing complexity and challenges confronting these agencies demand excellence from our attorneys and staff.  As general counsel to governmental agencies of every type and size, we have responded to and solved thousands of legal questions.  These include:

  • Sunshine Laws and Public Records
  • Charter Amendments and Home Rule
  • Drafting and Defending Legislation
  • Economic Development and Tax Abatements
  • Joint Economic Development Districts and Zones (JEDD/JEDZ)
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Ballot and Election Issues
  • Public Bidding and Public Improvements
  • Referenda and Initiatives
  • Labor and Employment/Personnel
  • Land Use Planning and Zoning