Municipal Law and Public Utilities
The attorneys at the Granite City law firm of Lueders, Robertson & Konzen LLC have the firsthand practical working knowledge and skill to represent cities and towns and water and power companies in the St. Louis area and statewide.
Lueders, Robertson & Konzen, LLC has been active in the field of municipal law for generations. Nearly all of our lawyers have first hand experience in the city attorney's office, granting us a sophisticated understanding of the way legal issues impact the operation of a city or town. Members of the firm also have extensive experience in representing units of local government such as park districts, port districts and water districts
Illinois' Tax Increment Financing law allows municipalities to attract businesses and economic development through the granting of special tax incentives. We regularly help our clients identify eligible projects and guide them through the approval and implementation phases of getting a TIF off the ground.
We represent numerous municipalities, waste haulers, and recyclers before the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at local siting hearings for landfills and sewer treatment plants, and assist with contracts, waste management applications, permit denials, and opposition from neighboring individuals and businesses.
It is not uncommon for 75% or more of a municipality's budget to be wrapped up in personnel. Vital city services are heavily dependant upon employees for daily operations, and managing a well represented workforce can present significant challenges to cities and towns seeking to train, discipline or redirect employees in a changing workplace.
We work with municipalities to enable them to hire and terminate employees effectively, ensuring that they can defend their decisions should it become necessary. In collective bargaining or other labor negotiations, we guide clients toward a negotiated agreement that fairly compensates employees, while maintaining the city's responsibilities to operate a municipality with the power granted to it by charter or other enabling legislation.
We have decades of experience in electricity, gas, and water regulatory and rate making matters, and can help industrial and commercial companies and municipalities work through major issues that specifically impact their business and governmental operations, such as rate case litigation, complaint cases, self supplier certifications, end use energy supply contracts, and transmission line certification and siting cases.
If you are a municipality or large electric, gas, or water company, contact Lueders, Robertson & Konzen today to find out how we can help you fulfill your mission of providing necessary public services.