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Law Director Services

Public Law

Local governments, especially smaller counties, municipalities, towns, and townships, often find it more efficient to contract outside counsel to serve as their law directors. Many of Walter Haverfield’s public law attorneys have several years of experience serving as law directors or assistant law directors for various northern Ohio communities. Our deep bench strength provides a broad base of knowledge in the counseling of elected officials, members of boards and commissions, department heads, and staff.

Practice Group Leader

William R. Hanna, Partner

Bill focuses his practice on labor and  employment law and litigation. His local government practice involves a broad range of legal issues that regularly confront local government bodies, including public records, open meetings, public employment matters, zoning, economic development, and public entity contracting to public right of way (PROW) management issues.

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Our Law Director Services Insight

In the capacity of law director, our public law attorneys provide a variety of services, including:

Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • National Tier 2: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Insurance
U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2021 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • National Tier 2: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Insurance
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Experience

  • Serving as general counsel and prosecutor for Northeast Ohio communities
  • Advising municipalities on the formation of a council of governments
  • Representing municipalities in litigation to establish the authority of a municipality, as a part of a council of governments, to lobby the state legislature on matters related to local self-government
  • Counseling elected officials and developing municipal procedures designed to achieve the objectives of elected officials, without incurring litigation costs
  • Counseling clients on a variety of economic development matters
  • Representing a municipality in federal court to establish the legality of a minimum age to be a candidate for mayor
  • Assisting municipalities with the development and administration of comprehensive public rights-of-way (PROW) management ordinances
  • Advising local government entities on the formation of a joint recreation district to preserve a 300+ acre property from development
  • Representing public entities in zoning/land use litigation, including the defense of R.C. Chapter 2506 appeals taken from decisions of local Boards of Zoning Appeals
  • Representing public entities in tort litigation involving the assertion of immunities and defenses under R.C. Chapter 2744
  • Representing a municipality in substantial public records litigation
  • Advising planning commissions and zoning boards in code interpretation and enforcement proceedings, including procedural amendments to zoning codes to improve the quality and speed of quasi-judicial proceedings
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