Municipal, Public Law and Land Use

Cowles & Thompson provides legal services to municipalities and other local governments. Our lawyers serve as general counsel, prosecute matters in municipal courts, and defend local governments in major litigation in both state and federal courts.

Our attorneys routinely appear before governmental bodies to advise on zoning changes, exceptions from local land use regulations, First Amendment sign issues, and other matters affecting local governments. Additionally, Cowles and Thompson advises and represents private sector clients, including developers, property owners, businesses and corporations on matters affecting the development and use of real property. The Firm's wealth of experience in municipal and public law makes the Firm particularly effective in this area.

In representing clients, we work with issues relating to planning and zoning, land use, and general litigation and disputes that a municipality would face. We work directly with the city attorneys for the municipality clients and also handle issues relating to municipal court.

With the wide array of experience offered by our attorneys, we can provide representation to our clients including:

  • Acquisition of property for public projects
  • Advising governing bodies and various city and local boards and commissions
  • Airports/airport operations
  • Civil rights violations
  • Drafting ordinances
  • Election law issues
  • General liability claims
  • Government contracts
  • Police misconduct
  • Public employment matters
  • Zoning and other land use matters