he Local Government Practice Group is headed by Lindsey A. Rader. The Group has extensive experience and provides representation in a broad spectrum of matters involving Maryland governmental entities, including:
The Group’s public finance practice is listed in the Sole Bond Counsel section of The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace(A/K/A the “Red Book”) and concentrates on serving as bond counsel in governmental purpose financings for Maryland counties, municipalities and public entities, as well as in tax increment financing and special taxing district bond issues. Firm attorneys have also acted as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, borrower’s counsel and purchaser’s counsel in a wide variety of transactions in Maryland, including qualified 501(c)(3) transactions and qualified small issues for manufacturing facilities. The Group has represented local government borrowers in numerous loans obtained from the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Community Development Administration. Firm practitioners have authored legislation passed on Maryland General Assembly and local governing boards to facilitate contemplated financings, increase borrowing flexibility and establish authorities. Firm co-founder David M. Funk serves as a resource on public finance matters from time to time.
Lawyers in the Group provide advice and counsel to elected officials, administrators, finance officers, public works officials, human resources directors, and planning and zoning officials. Firm attorneys serve as local counsel to several Maryland municipalities and in such capacity provide advice and counsel on a diverse range of local government matters including development and land use issues; capital project and construction issues; intergovernmental joint ventures; nuisance abatement and loitering; code enforcement; charter and code amendments; contract matters; budget adoption and amendment; property taxation; financing programs; personnel; administrative processes; and election law compliance. Members of the Group are accustomed to providing representation to local governments on discrete matters and to coordinating seamlessly with appointed county, city and town attorneys in such instances.
Attorneys in the Group have represented local governments and their agencies before federal and Maryland courts (trial and appellate) and administrative forums, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings and the Maryland Human Relations Commission in disputes involving employment law issues, including ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA and Title VII matters; environmental issues; personnel actions; civil rights issues; capital project and performance bond issues; contract disputes; the Maryland property tax differential; municipal annexation; public health; and development and land use disputes. Firm lawyers have litigated complex federal and State constitutional issues, including Commerce Clause, Fourteenth Amendment and First Amendment constraints in environmental matters and adult entertainment licensing and zoning schemes and challenges to the Maryland legislative redistricting.
Group members have extensive experience in Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights matters, acting as advisors to internal investigators and hearing board panels, and represent law enforcement agencies across Maryland in litigating police misconduct cases. Attorneys in the Group assist in the development or review of agency policies and procedures; conduct training on numerous issues of importance to law enforcement personnel; and provide risk management analysis.
All of the Group members other than Lindsey Rader have “in-house” legal experience with Maryland State or local governments. This experience enhances Group attorneys’ understanding of the budgetary and political issues faced by Maryland governmental entities.