Administrative Law

Carpenter, McGuire & DeWulf counsels municipalities on the issues and operations that face city councils and administrative boards and commissions. Our attorneys represent developers, businesses and individuals in proceedings and disputes with counties and cities we do not represent.

Some of the areas in which we have provided legal services include:

  • Drafting, interpretation and enforcement of ordinances

  • Compliance with state and federal laws

  • Prosecution of simple misdemeanors

  • Municipal code enforcement

  • Planning and zoning issues and hearings

  • Board of adjustment hearings

  • Economic development

  • Compliance with subdivision and other land development processes

  • Real estate transactions

  • Counseling city councils on procedural issues

  • Drafting of resolutions

  • Utility shut-off and collection issues

  • Vacation of property rights

  • Establishment and operation of commissions

  • Drafting and implementing rules and regulations required to be adopted by the board of adjustment

  • Human resources, including hiring, firing and investigation of employees

  • Eminent domain

  • Addressing nuisance abatement issues

  • Drafting employee policies and handbooks

  • Addressing utility placement issues

  • Representing cities in various litigation matters, both as plaintiff and defendant

  • Addressing open records and open meetings issues

  • Interpreting, negotiating and prosecuting building code issues

  • Negotiating and drafting agreements with various utilities and vendors

  • Reviewing, drafting and finalizing construction contracts