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Local Government

The Firm represents numerous local governments in a full spectrum of matters. We understand the special needs of local governments and we are committed to providing quality representation and advice in an efficient and timely manner. We represent governments either as General Counsel, City Attorney, or Special Counsel engaged for a particular matter or area of concern.

General Representation and Counseling 
We offer local government clients a wide range of general counsel services in all aspects of municipal law, including:  ethics; public records and Sunshine Law compliance; land use and zoning matters; code enforcement; contracts; utilities, including water, waste water, and electric; complex contracts; labor and employment counseling and litigation; drafting and interpreting personnel regulations and policies; preparation of ordinances and resolutions; forfeitures; parliamentary procedure; and litigation.  

Litigation
We have significant experience litigating cases in both federal and state courts arising in the local government context, including:  defending claims asserted against police departments alleging unlawful use of force, false arrest, and civil rights violations; breach of contract claims; procurement and purchasing disputes and bid protests; election law litigation; public records and Sunshine Law litigation; employment law litigation; First Amendment issues; and Constitutional Law issues. We also have experience representing clients in arbitration and in matters before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

Human Resources and Employment Law
The Firm regularly provides advice and counsel to local government Human Resources Departments regarding a host of HR issues, including disciplinary and termination decisions, preparation of personnel policies and procedures, defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation EEO claims and lawsuits, workplace investigations, overtime claims, union negotiations and collective bargaining, and labor relations.

Representative Local Government Clients

The following is a partial list of our local government clients:

Municipalities – Primary Attorney

  • City of Belle Glade

  • City of Greenacres

  • Town of Highland Beach

  • Town of Hypoluxo

  • Town of Juno Beach

  • City of Lake Worth Beach

  • Town of Loxahatchee Groves

  • Village of North Palm Beach

  • Town of Ocean Ridge

  • Village of Palm Springs

  • Town of Sewall’s Point

  • Town of South Palm Beach

 

General Counsel

  • Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County

  • Children’s Services Council of Martin County

  • Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County

  • Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee County

  • Indian River Lagoon Council

  • Municipal Public Safety Communications Consortium of Palm Beach County

  • Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network

  • Western Academy Charter School

Special Counsel

  • Area Agency on Aging

  • Belle Glade Housing Authority

  • Clerk of Court & Comptroller of Palm Beach County

  • Health Care District of Palm Beach County

  • Health Council of Southeast Florida

  • Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade County

  • Immokalee Fire Control District

  • Immokalee Water & Sewer District

  • Indian Trail Improvement District

  • Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District

  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

  • Port of Palm Beach

  • Property Appraiser of Palm Beach County

  • City of Riviera Beach

  • School Board of Indian River County

  • School Board of St. Lucie County

  • Southtech Academy Charter School

  • Tax Collector’s Office of Palm Beach County

  • Village of Tequesta

  • Village of Wellington

 



Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau & Rubin, P.A. offers its services to clients throughout Florida, including those located in Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian-River County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County.



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