Best & Flanagan


Government Law & Land Development

Government Law & Land Development

Best & Flanagan is counsel of choice for cities, counties, joint powers authorities, governmental boards, commissions and agencies. Our reputation has been forged over decades of experience and long term relationships. We are known for immediate credibility, practical solutions and continuous like-ability.

We are thoughtful partners and active team players. We work productively with everyone from the city manager, to the city planner, to the city engineer, serving as their personal legal resource and sounding board. We also work closely with the nonprofessionals who serve on city council and commissions. We are there to help them to succeed.

Our attorneys provide decades of practical legal expertise in all aspects of municipal law, including:

  • Administrative law
  • Condemnation and eminent domain
  • City government
  • Civil matters
  • Economic development
  • Elections and voting rights
  • Ethics and professional conduct
  • Financing
  • Land use, development and redevelopment
  • Open meetings and records in municipal law
  • Personnel and employment matters
  • Procurement and construction projects
  • Real estate transactions
  • Staff training and education
  • Transit
  • Utility and telecommunications
  • Water, wastewater and environmental issues
  • Special assessment and tax appeals

We are called upon regularly to negotiate and document contracts and interlocal agreements; handbooks and policies; home-rule charters; real estate agreements; ordinances and resolutions; as well as franchise and utility permitting, compliance and contractual agreements. As city attorney, we regularly advise at planning, community and HRA meetings, as well as other commissions and boards.

We also draw upon this broad experience to effectively represent private clients before governmental and administrative agencies.