Municipal Law & Civil Rights Defense
Degan, Blanchard & Nash has a longstanding record of successfully protecting the legal interests of municipal governments in Louisiana. We have extensive experience and expertise in advising municipalities, police agencies, municipal authorities, educational institutions, public agencies and other public trusts. Our attorneys are skilled in litigation, having represented clients at all levels including state and federal courts and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies.
Louisiana Municipalities operate under a plethora of statutes, regulations, court decisions and administrative rulings. In order to navigate these waters, public officials and their employees, require quality legal representation. Handling a broad array of issues faced by government, we have the knowledge and expertise to advise and defend our municipal clients on recurring issues as well as issues raised for the first time.
We frequently represent municipalities and governmental entities in a wide array of municipal issues, including:
Public finance, negotiation, acquisition, and condemnation, land use and development, construction, municipal court prosecution and operations, ordinance drafting, employment matters, casualty and defense, public contracting, public meetings, public records, water, wastewater, electric utilities, and franchises.
We believe that success in such matters depends in part on maintaining strong ties to the local community and many other geographic regions of Louisiana. These relationships have allowed us to understand more thoroughly the needs of municipal clients. We strive to resolve disputes through negotiations or settlements reached through mediation or arbitration proceedings. However, when settlement is not a viable option, we will aggressively litigate the matter through trial. Our years of experience include defense of suits alleging civil right violations filed pursuant to Title 42, Section 1983 of the United States Code. We have represented several organizations, cities, counties, municipalities, corporations and individuals in this area. We provide our clients with advice that is tailored to meet their individualized needs. Degan, Blanchard & Nash offers a wealth of experience, dedication and the ability to handle even the most complex legal matters including: Title VII claims, Civil Rights Litigation, False Arrests, Excessive Force, Due Process Violations, Equal Protection Violations, and Wrongful Detention.