Local governments, especially smaller ones, often find it more efficient to contract outside counsel to serve as their law directors. Many of Walter | Haverfield’s public law attorneys have served for years in the capacity of law director or assistant law director for various northern Ohio communities, providing a broad base of experience in the counseling of elected officials, members of boards and commissions, department heads and staff.

In the capacity of law director, our attorneys provide the following services, among others:

  • Counseling regarding day-to-day legal matters, overall operations and compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations
  • Strategic planning
  • Preparation of necessary legislative materials
  • Drafting and review of all contracts
  • Development of various policies and procedures affecting personnel and operations of the public entity
  • Investigation of matters that could jeopardize the reputation or financial viability of the public entity
  • Collaboration with senior officials to facilitate economic development matters within the municipality
  • Counseling regarding labor and employment matters
  • Litigation or the management and oversight of outside counsel



Our team’s experience includes:

  • Several of our attorneys have served as general counsel and prosecutor for northeast Ohio communities.
  • Advised municipalities and on the formation of a council of governments.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Counsels elected officials, and develops municipal procedures designed to achieve the objectives of elected officials, without incurring litigation costs.
  • Counsels clients on a broad variety of economic development matters.
  • Representation of a municipality in federal court to establish the legality of a minimum age to be a candidate for mayor.
  • Assisted municipalities with the development and administration of comprehensive Public Right of Way (PROW) management ordinances.
  • Advised local government entities on the formation of a joint recreation district to preserve a 300+ acre property from development.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of public entities in tort litigation involving the assertion of immunities and defenses under R.C. Chapter 2744.
  • Representation of a municipality in substantial public records litigation.
  • Advises 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.