Municipalities and other governmental units are frequently involved in a wide array of lawsuits and other civil litigation matters.  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.  Civil litigation matters handled by High Swartz attorneys include, but are not limited to disputes regarding the following:

  • Assessment of liens
  • Award of public contracts and public bidding process disputes
  • Civil rights and discrimination claims
  • Code enforcement proceedings, including but not limited to maintenance, nuisance, zoning matters
  • Construction defect, delay and Prompt Payment Act claims
  • Eminent domain and condemnation proceedings
  • Enforcement of liens
  • Environmental law and environmental hearing board appeals
  • Independent investigations derived from employment or other complaints
  • Injunctions
  • Ordinance challenges
  • Public utility commission matters
  • Real estate, deed covenant and easement disputes
  • Road vacation cases
  • Zoning and land use appeals
  • Tax assessment appeals and immunity disputes
  • Tort claims

Municipal & Government Law Blog

Stormwater Fees in PA – What You Need to Know

Property Owners in PA looking to challenge their stormwater fees need to understand the requirements regarding how they are structured and assessed. If you’ve read local newspapers or attended local government meetings in Pennsylvania over the past

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PA Pipeline Construction FAQs

When many Pennsylvania landowners look out onto their backyards, they are unaware of the pipeline system that currently resides under their lawns. Many more are unaware of the bottleneck within the system that transports gas from a record-setting natural

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Dead Tree Removal Laws in PA

With the rapid infestation of invasive tree pests like the Spotted Lanternfly and Emerald Ash Borer in Pennsylvania, many residents are being forced to ask about dead tree removal laws along property lines and public right-of-ways. Pennsylvanians need

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What is a Municipal Authority?

If you live in Pennsylvania, odds are that you’re within the service area of at least one municipal or joint municipal authority. It has been estimated that Pennsylvania has roughly 2,000 active municipal authorities. Whether for water distribution,

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As a successful law firm for over 100 years, High Swartz can attribute many of its

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