High Swartz continues a 100 year legacy of well-established and successful public service to municipalities throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Our Municipal & Government Practice Group consists of 9 full-time attorneys who serve as solicitors, special counsel, labor counsel, and conflict counsel to municipalities, zoning hearing boards, school districts, and municipal authorities in organizational issues, general representation, zoning and land use planning, subdivision and land development, real estate, labor and employment, environmental and civil litigation.  A solid collaborative approach utilizes our attorneys’ collective experience for the benefit of each municipality we represent.  This highly effective team approach is why High Swartz has been named a “Best Law Firm” for 2018 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, achieving a Philadelphia-area Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking for Municipal Law.

High Swartz currently represents Lower Merion Township and Upper Dublin Township in Montgomery County, Newtown Township in Delaware County and Newtown Borough in Bucks County.  We also represent the City of Reading Charter Board and the Zoning Hearing Boards for Bedminster Township, Doylestown Township, Middletown Township, New Hope Borough, Upper Makefield Township, Warrington Township, Warwick Township, Wrightstown Township in Bucks County.  High Swartz is called upon frequently to represent municipalities in litigation involving complex environmental and controversial land use issues before state courts and administrative agencies, and currently serves as special litigation counsel to West Goshen Township, Chester County in regard to the controversial Sunoco Logistics Mariner East Project.

While each municipality has unique needs and demands, every municipality requires the availability of a broad range of professional expertise through the solicitor’s office.  These include areas of real estate, land use (zoning, subdivision and land development), legislative and regulatory drafting, public contracting, code enforcement, public road law (easements and rights of way), municipal taxation, labor and employment, environmental law (particularly floodplain conservation and storm water management), litigation in trial and appellate courts, civil rights, eminent domain, and public utility law.

Municipal practice requires intimate familiarity with numerous statutes and codes including, for example, the Sunshine Act, Right-To-Know Law, Local Tax Enabling Act, Tort Claims Act, Municipalities Planning Code, Public Bidding Law, and Public Official and Employee Ethics Law.  High Swartz has provided municipal solicitor services incorporating this knowledge base to numerous municipalities in Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester Counties for over a Century.

Solicitor Services Attorneys

Gilbert P. High Jr.

Gilbert P. High Jr. | municipal and estates Attorney | High Swartz Attorneys at Law

Municipal Law Attorney Gilbert P. High handles land development, zoning litigation, tree law, estate planning, easements, and rights of way.

David J. Brooman

David J. Brooman | Environmental Lawyer | High Swartz

David J. Brooman has more than three decades experience in environmental law, zoning and land use development, and environmental litigation.

Samuel T. Cooper

samuel t cooper litigation attorney in montgomery county pa

As an attorney, Samuel T. Cooper focuses on Civil Litigation, from contract disputes through personal injury and Municipal Law.

Mark R. Fischer Jr.

Mark Fischer | litigation Attorney | High Swartz Attorneys at Law

Mark Fischer represents businesses in breach of contract, payment collection, construction defect, & consumer protection disputes in PA and NJ.

Matthew T. Hovey

matthew t hovey montgomery county attorney at High Swartz attorneys for law

Matthew T. Hovey is a Montgomery County attorney with a keen focus on municipal law who also practices civil litigation, land use, and real estate.

William F. Kerr, Jr.

William F. Kerr, Jr. | real estate Attorney | High Swartz montgomery county pa

Real Estate Attorney William F. Kerr focuses on land use, zoning, real estate title issues, eminent domain, and real estate code compliance.

Thomas E. Panzer

Thomas E. Panzer | workers' attorney | High Swartz doylestown pa

Municipal, Zoning and Workers' Compensation Attorney focusing on administrative litigation, land use, and all aspects of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims, litigation, and settlements.

Richard C. Sokorai

Richard C. Sokorai | litigation Attorney | High Swartz Attorneys at Law

Richard Sokorai is an equity partner at High Swartz. He focuses on civil litigation, personal injury, and environmental law as an attorney.

Sean G. Livesey

sean livesey | montgomery county real estate attorney

Sean G. Livesey Is a Montgomery County real estate attorney primarily focusing on real estate matters, which includes zoning and land development. He also consults with local businesses on property acquisitions, leasing, and real estate tax liability.

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