Local Government Law

Our local government attorneys make a difference for our public entity clients and for our community through our expertise in local government law and our commitment to public service.  We view local government practice as an opportunity to serve the community, by advising government officials and helping them achieve the goals they were elected to achieve.  Our approach to government practice is proactive, and we believe strongly that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Our track record in protecting local government clients and limiting litigation expenditures speaks for itself. Blalock Walters has Florida Bar Board Certified Local Government attorneys, as well as the support of highly-skilled and experienced attorneys in governmental support practices, such as real estate, labor and employment law, tax law, and litigation.  Our attorneys have experience representing cities, counties, school districts, constitutional officers, special districts, fire districts, community development districts, community redevelopment agencies, and inter-local governments.  The breadth of experience in representing different types of governmental entities is rare, and gives our local government group a unique perspective and skill set to assist with the day-to-day issues that face local governments. Examples of how our local government lawyers have made a difference include:

  • School boards, conflict of interest laws, construction litigation, redistricting, referendum and elections
  • Eminent domain, Zoning and subdivision laws, Environmental law, Conservation easements and Economic development planning and promotion
  • General reassessment and assessment issues, employment law, Workers’ compensation hearings & litigation
  • Successfully defended special taxing district against multi-million dollar claims for violations of the Government in the Sunshine law and Public Records Act.
  • Participated in the drafting of an award-winning county comprehensive plan.
  • Served as special counsel to a city and county for review of Developments of Regional Impact
  • The Accord, an intergovernmental agreement on growth and development, between six cities, a county and a school district.
  • The Inter-local Agreement between the City of Bradenton, the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee County regarding the purchase, construction, and financing of the Manatee County Administration Complex.
  • The Master School Board and County Joint Use Inter-local Agreement for the use of schools and parks, and several individual school joint use agreements.
  • Inter-local Agreement between Sarasota County and Manatee County for the development of a major bi-county thoroughfare – University Parkway.
  • The development of the Palmetto Elementary School, the Boys and Girls Club, and Just for Girls Club on a shared campus with public and private entities and numerous land owners, including the National Guard.  This project received statewide recognition from both the American Planning Association and the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.
  • Represented the School District on construction contracts for a variety of education facility projects, including several multi-million dollar school facilities.