The attorneys at St. John, Bowling & Lawrence have decades of experience in the field of local government law in and around Charlottesville. Whether assisting businesses in their dealings with government or representing municipalities with the legal issues faced across the full range of government functions, our firm provides incisive, practical advice and effective representation to help our clients achieve their principal aims.
Civil Rights Defense – Government agencies and employees need to be able to carry out sensitive, vital government functions without fear of being sued for their actions. The law recognizes this important fact and grants immunity from suit in certain circumstances, but this grant does not always prevent a lawsuit from being pursued. We defend the lawful and proper exercise of government authority when it is challenged.
Eminent Domain – The Constitution recognizes the necessity and ability of government to acquire private property for public use, provided that just compensation is offered. We help government clients achieve their goals efficiently and with a minimum of conflict.
Municipal Representation – St. John, Bowling & Lawrence represents municipal entities and government authorities in and around Charlottesville and Albemarle County across the spectrum of municipal government legal issues, including open meetings and open records, fiscal management and budgeting, and employment law/personnel matters.