Practice Area

Governmental Affairs/Municipal Law

Public entities face liability risks from all sides. Whether it’s constitutional litigation or an employment dispute, they need someone who understands municipal law and has a track record of success. Brown & James’ vast experience representing local governmental entities includes serving:

  • Cities
  • Towns
  • Counties
  • Public agencies
  • Police and fire departments
  • School districts
  • Other political subdivisions

The firm’s Governmental Affairs/Municipal Law Practice Group has successfully represented governmental agencies and public entities in claims for:

  • False arrest, excessive force, libel, and slander
  • Violation of labor and employment laws
  • Age, race, sex, and employment discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Violation of open meetings laws
  • Violation of constitutionally protected rights, including actions alleging violations of due process, the First Amendment right to free speech, religious freedom, and civil rights under Section 1983
  • Premises liability

Our Government Affairs/Municipal Law lawyers also advise and defend public entities and non-governmental clients against landlord-tenant claims alleging violations of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. In addition, they provide counsel to all of our public clients in litigation and in the day-to-day operations of government.

Representative municipal and governmental entities represented by Brown & James include:

  • Camden County, Mo.
  • City of Moberly, Mo.
  • City of Arnold, Mo.
  • City of Northwoods, Mo.
  • City of Berkely, Mo.
  • City of Owensville, Mo.
  • City of Branson, Mo.
  • City of Pacific, Mo.
  • City of Bel Nor, Mo.
  • City of Prairie Village, Mo.
  • City of Carl Junction, Mo.
  • City of Union, Mo.
  • City of East St. Louis, Ill.
  • City of Venice, Ill.
  • City of Festus, Mo.
  • City of Wellston, Mo.
  • City of Kennet, Mo.
  • Godfrey Township, Ill.
  • City of Jennings, Mo.
  • Village of Cahokia, Ill.
  • City of Ladue, Mo.
  • Village of Pontoon Beach, Ill.
  • City of Madison, Ill.
  • Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA)