Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn’s attorneys bring their extensive experience to meet the needs of public employers. We have represented and advised cities, towns, public school districts, gas and electric commissions, water commissions, governmental authorities, and public transportation agencies. We have aggressively defended public employers' rights in collective bargaining, arbitrations, civil service hearings, labor board proceedings, discrimination claims, wage/hour lawsuits, and constitutional or statutory legal actions.
On a daily basis, our attorneys advise city solicitors, agency executive directors, human resources directors, school superintendents, and department heads on strategies to prevent and solve workplace problems. We train public managers in how to effectively and lawfully exercise their responsibilities and in the best practices for enforcing employee behavior and performance expectations. In addition, we negotiate, draft, and review contracts for employment or services.
Working with public sector employers, our attorneys also:
- Analyze property “lease” agreements
- Analyze, draft and approve public entity contracts
- Provide on-going advice to officials on a broad range of state and federal laws, such as:
- Procurement laws
- Public records laws
- Open meeting laws
- Election laws
- General laws
- Provide legal interpretations of provisions in local charters, ordinances, and bylaws
- “Manage,” on behalf of the public client, various transactions with other individuals or organizations, such as real estate closings
- Analyze ordinances and advise on matters to ensure compliance with state and U.S. constitutional provisions
- Draft “proposed order” documents for use by municipal legislative bodies
- Research and draft “Town Counsel” legal opinions