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Public Law

Overview

Eastman & Smith's Public Law practice spans our office locations and specialty practice areas, offering legal advice, representation and professional services such as:

  • drafting proposed legislation and administrative rules;
  • developing bid materials and negotiating contracts for public services and improvements;
  • addressing public infrastructure and special tax assessment issues;
  • providing strategic advice on public education compliance and individualized education programs (IEPs);
  • managing environmental issues;
  • facilitating public/private economic development projects;
  • assisting with public employment issues;
  • representing governmental entities as special counsel; and
  • defending and prosecuting all manner of governmental claims in litigation.

Our Firm has participated as counsel in the development of major public improvement projects, and public/private economic development collaborations.  We provide counsel and assistance with financial disclosures and background investigations, and represent client interests before regulatory agencies and administrative boards, including the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC), Ohio Board of Building Standards, the State Medical Board of Ohio, Ohio Board of Nursing, Ohio Board of Pharmacy, Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, State
Board of Education,  State Employment Relations Board (SERB), local zoning and planning boards and commissions, and school districts.

Our knowledgeable public law attorneys also have experience serving the legal needs of a variety of governmental bodies.  We provide legal advice and training to our governmental entity clients on compliance with open meetings, public records, ethics, tax-exempt status, due process and discipline in public education, board governance, collective bargaining, public finance and funding, constitutional law (including civil rights, governmental immunity, and Section 1983 suits), competitive bidding and qualification-based selection, including:

  • Counties
  • Municipalities
  • Townships
  • Public Charter Schools and Traditional Public School Districts
  • State Universities and Community Colleges
  • Port Authorities
  • Water and Sewer Districts
  • Solid Waste Management Districts
  • Community Improvement and Economic Development Districts
  • Local Health Districts

We invite you to contact one of our attorneys to see how we may assist you.

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