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Municipal

Although the Municipal Law Group is a separate practice group at Georgeadis║Setley, because municipal law touches upon many difference areas, the resources of the entire Firm often are brought to bear to resolve particular issues for our clients.

Generally, a municipal law practice is comprised of a number of interconnected disciplines including, general municipal law, labor and employment law, real estate and land use law, environmental law, general business law, and municipal finance. The Firm’s lawyers have a great deal of experience working with municipal law and regularly assist our clients to successfully achieve their objectives. This may involve representing a client at a zoning hearing, appealing a client’s property assessment, or inquiring about the accuracy of a client’s water or sewer bill. In addition, the lawyers at Georgeadis║Setley have relationships with virtually all of Berks County’s regional, state, and local elected officials, and we have been able to utilize this access to the benefit of our clients.

The lawyers at Georgeadis║Setley are also solicitors for a number of municipalities and municipal authorities throughout Berks County. In this capacity, our lawyers draft and implement ordinances and resolutions, draft and enforce local regulations, and draft and interpret zoning and land use planning regulations. As solicitors, our lawyers are asked to review and monitor construction projects, and to apply related bidding laws, and to assist our municipal clients’ compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements. The Firm’s lawyers also monitor our municipal clients’ compliance with municipal codes and laws. In addition, our lawyers have conducted litigation and eminent domain proceedings on behalf of our municipal clients and have participated in administrative appeals and labor negotiations. Furthermore, our lawyers have experience with water and sewer systems and related issues, and our lawyers have assisted our municipal clients achieve regional goals and intermunicipal cooperation through the drafting and implementation of intermunicipal agreements.

Another aspect of our municipal law practice that distinguishes our Firm from most other law firms is our experience with municipal finance. Our lawyers have experience completing all types of municipal bond issues and bank loans, on both a taxable and tax-exempt basis. As more completely described elsewhere in this site under the heading “Finance,” Georgeadis Setley is one of a handful of Berks County law firms listed in the so-called Red Book, published by the Bond Buyer, which lists recognized bond counsel in the United States that have qualified to be listed. In addition, Georgeadis Setley is included on the list of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Attorney General’s approved bond counsel.

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