In Need of a Municipal Lawyer or Local Government Lawyer Near You?

High Swartz continues a legacy of Municipal service as Solicitors to townships and boroughs, zoning hearing boards, municipal authorities and other government agencies; bond counsel to government agencies and authorities; contract negotiation and advice on public contract and bidding matters; representation of government agencies on organizational and regulatory matters; drafting of municipal ordinances; land use and zoning matters; and litigation.

The law firm provides Municipal Legal Services and Government Legal Services including:

Zoning, Subdivision & Land Development

High Swartz has significant experience in many southeastern Pennsylvania counties, including Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, and Berks Counties. Our familiarity with local governmental bodies and other approval agencies in each of these counties enhances our ability to advocate for the needs of our land estate development and municipal clients.

Code Enforcement

High Swartz attorneys assist zoning and code enforcement officers in interpreting and applying the building code and other general code of ordinance provisions. Along with advising the municipality on enforcement options for violations of those ordinances, they also will represent the municipality in the enforcement action.

Eminent Domain & Condemnation Proceedings

High Swartz attorneys have assisted political subdivisions in multiple condemnation and inverse condemnation proceedings related to construction easements, road widenings, public facilities and park land, as well as airports and other public uses.  They have provided representation in these matters before boards of view, courts of common pleas and appellate courts.

Environmental issues

The Municipal Law Team at High Swartz is at the forefront of environmental issues facing Pennsylvania municipalities and provides preemptive practical and technical legal advice in drafting legislation and regulations and guiding compliance with environmental laws that impact local governments.

Employment and Labor Law

High Swartz attorneys have extensive experience in advising and representing local and state government agencies in employment matters. We provide advice to local municipalities on hiring, evaluation, discipline, and firing employees.

Municipal Litigation

As solicitors, conflict counsel and special counsel, High Swartz attorneys have extensive experience handling arbitrations, hearings, trials and appeals for municipalities, cities and other political subdivisions.  These disputes are litigated in numerous forums and before judicial or quasi-judicial bodies such as arbitration panels, local hearing boards, boards of view, state administrative law judges, state hearing boards, courts of common pleas, trial courts and appeals courts.

Right to Know

The Municipal Lawyers of High Swartz are experienced in guiding municipalities, school boards, zoning hearing boards and other governmental agencies and boards in all areas related to compliance with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law and Sunshine Act. We work with municipalities, school boards and agencies to ensure that their regulations and Right to Know Officers are up to date in the latest changes in the law and Office of Open Records’ rulings.

Contact High Swartz Municipal Lawyers and  today. Having dedicated Local Government Laywers on your side will provide you the peace of mind you deserve when the need arises.


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