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Government & Municipalities


Parker Poe has been counsel to governments and municipalities since the 1950s. Today, our team is composed of seasoned attorneys with decades of experience in advising state and local governments, lawmakers, municipal and county boards, councils, commissions, managers, and staff.

Our attorneys serve as town attorneys for several municipalities in addition to providing lead or co-counsel assistance to city, town, and county attorneys and their staff throughout the Southeast. We offer innovative advice in addressing the complex problems and opportunities facing today's local governments.

Our experience in public policy allows us to equip clients with the knowledge they need to traverse the political system. Parker Poe provides counseling, transactional, and litigation services for governmental entities, companies, and individuals who have business before public bodies. Whether it’s development, finance, litigation, administrative proceedings, criminal investigations, or lobbying, our team can help you adapt innovative strategies to address your needs at each level of government.

We provide across-the-board representation with experience in the following areas:

  • Structuring economic and community development projects.
  • Representing cities and counties on the issuance of municipal bonds.
  • Negotiating and drafting annexation agreements, interlocal agreements, and development agreements.
  • Negotiating sports facility deals.
  • Negotiating federal, state, and local tax credits.
  • Trying property tax appeals throughout the United States.
  • Defending cities and counties against alleged police misconduct and other high-stakes litigation at the trial and appellate levels.
  • Drafting and revising land use codes and sign ordinances.
  • Advising on construction, contracting, and related litigation.
  • Advising on and structuring public-private partnerships (P3).
  • Developing administrative enforcement procedures and code enforcement.
  • Trying condemnation cases.
  • Advising on procurement, purchasing, and public bidding requirements.
  • Handling zoning, subdivision, and other planning matters.
  • Assisting in incorporation efforts.
  • Advising on utility and municipal service provisions.
  • Counseling on environmental issues.
  • Conducting internal investigations and counseling on employment matters and related litigation.
  • Handling motions and trials for local governments on land use and zoning, open meetings, and other key issues.

Representative Experience

  • Represented hundreds of cities and counties large and small across the Southeast and around the country.
  • Participated as bond counsel or underwriter's counsel in most of the significant water and sewer revenue bond financings in North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Developed the concept of Certificate of Participation (COP) financing in conjunction with lease/purchases and installment/purchases, and served as bond counsel or underwriter's counsel in more than $2 billion of COP financing.
  • Directed the first financing for a solid waste authority under new North Carolina legislation allowing counties to create solid waste authorities.
  • Assisted a South Carolina county with reimposing a capital project sales tax expected to generate more than $70 million for capital projects throughout the county, including infrastructure improvements and the construction of recreation and municipal facilities.
  • Advised a South Carolina city on the development of its first downtown hotel project, which included retail, public space, and the city's first parking garage. We assisted with the development agreement, incentives, environmental issues, and public financing, including grant funding.
  • Assisted a North Carolina city with the redevelopment of its downtown through a minor league baseball facility and a mixed-use development. We secured a development agreement to construct a public parking garage with a private 256-unit residential development above it, and we prepared cross easements and air rights.
  • Advised a South Carolina county on how to better compete for economic development projects. Our consulting subsidiary identified $17 million worth of needed infrastructure improvements, and our firm worked with the county to close a creative bond deal to finance the improvements.
  • Represented a North Carolina town in the development of a regional wastewater pre-treatment facility to serve biopharmaceutical companies. Our work included negotiation of development agreements, involvement with obtaining state and federal grants, preparation of construction bids, and negotiation of treatment rates and terms.

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