Practice/Industry Group Overview
Municipalities and governmental bodies encounter many diverse legal issues. Halloran & Sage is one of Connecticut’s leading law firms in representing municipalities and government agencies. Over the last 70 years, we have represented more than half of Connecticut's 169 cities and towns. We have served in the capacity of town attorney and special counsel, and have represented various municipalities and their officials, both directly and by virtue of insurance coverage.
Our extensive experience in this field ensures that we fully understand the nuances of municipal law, including the defenses available to our clients and the means by which they may avoid potential liability. In the complex and varied field of municipal law our clients benefit from the breadth and diversity of our firm. Whatever the client's legal needs, we are able to assemble a team of knowledgeable professionals. Our services include representation of municipalities and their officials, boards, commissions and employees in administrative proceedings and in litigation in both state and federal courts. We provide a full range of services based upon the municipality's needs.
With our experience and resources, we are uniquely qualified to help municipalities and their officials address the broad and challenging array of issues they face.
Halloran & Sage's Administrative Law attorneys represent clients in matters involving federal and state government agencies. We represent municipalities businesses, and individuals in administrative hearings, guide them through regulatory audits and compliance, and help them obtain and retain necessary licenses and permits. We have substantial experience representing our municipal clients before the Freedom of Information, Election Enforcement and Ethic’s Commissions. We also prosecute and defend judicial appeals of administrative actions. Through our affiliated group, Halloran & Sage Government Affairs, we provide counseling and strategy in legislative, regulatory and public policy matters.
Our experience covers a range of regulated industries, including energy and utilities, health care, insurance, telecommunications, trucking and transportation. Many of our attorneys are veteran practitioners before state agencies and some are themselves former government officials. Through our experience as advocates and in public service, we maintain professional relationships with key regulators and elected officials throughout government.
Halloran & Sage built our construction practice on a foundation of hard work and proven results. We assist owners, contractors, insurance carriers and sureties in all facets of the construction process, in both the public and private sectors. We emphasize value-added service focused on helping clients to achieve their business goals through risk identification and management and, as a last resort, litigation.
Our attorneys offer a rare blend of practical, hands-on construction and engineering experience and legal skills. Our team includes a former engineer and former vice president of a major Connecticut construction company. Their industry knowledge deepens our unique insight into the issues our construction clients face. Our practical know-how translates into practical solutions for our clients.
Halloran & Sage routinely drafts contracts of all sorts for numerous municipalities and government entities. The nature of the contracts range from municipal ordinances and charter provisions, real estate transactions, goods and services, leases, financing arrangements, and labor and employment matters, to name a few. Additionally, the firm provides counsel as to the effect of certain state and federal statutes upon municipalities and the firm has also been involved in the contractual negotiation and drafting of contracts pertaining to the sale of tax liens to a third party.
Environmental & Land Use
Environmental compliance is a challenge that can make or break a business. Environmental laws are complex and their mandates often obscure. Confidence in your environmental lawyer is essential. That is why so many businesses and landowners trust Halloran & Sage for counsel in this field. Independent surveys rank our environmental and land-use attorneys as among the best in the region. With an accomplished record of legal firsts and milestones, we are known as trailblazers in the industry. From resolving Connecticut's worst contamination problem to litigating its largest Superfund case, our attorneys apply their in-depth knowledge of the field to achieving the best outcomes for our clients.
Our approach is to identify environmental risks before they become barriers. Whether the issue requires intervention with a government agency, litigation in the courtroom or negotiation in the boardroom, our multidisciplinary legal team protects your interests. Our clients include developers, businesses, institutions, municipalities and individuals. In every case, our commitment to our client is to collaborate and communicate, ensuring that we understand your business goals and that you understand the legal process.
We guide clients through the process of obtaining permits and approvals, paving the way for them to develop or expand commercial and industrial property or to construct entertainment, retail and residential projects. We represent clients in complex projects involving siting and construction of power plants, solid-waste facilities, transmission lines and Brownfields. In fact, we handled the first Brownfield development for the first indoor/outdoor performing arts center in the nation to use new state funding programs. For matters involving regulatory compliance or site cleanup, we provide counsel not only in what the law requires, but also in what it means to your business. Whatever the matter, our attorneys apply their best efforts to achieving the solution that best serves the needs of our client.
Labor & Employment
Halloran & Sage's highly regarded labor and employment practice provides sophisticated legal representation to the management of private and public sector employees. Whether in court or at the bargaining table, our goal is to protect the best interests of your business and ensure its smooth operation.
In employment litigation, we have a proven record of success defending against claims alleging age discrimination, unlawful discharge, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, gender and physical discrimination, and whistleblower retaliation. In labor-management relations, we counsel non-union employers on avoiding unionization and represent unionized employers in collective bargaining and grievance and arbitration procedures.
We work closely with our clients to avoid employment disputes before they arise and to address them appropriately when they do. We assist clients with employee benefit plans, employment counseling, individual employment contracts, executive compensation, crisis management, corporate compliance, and audits and investigations.
Land Use, Planning/Zoning & Wetlands
Halloran & Sage represents owners and developers in obtaining local and government permits for building and construction projects. Our practice encompasses all aspects of obtaining local planning and zoning approvals, including facilities siting, site plans, subdivisions, special exceptions and variances. We handle zoning regulation and boundary amendments, zoning appeals and zoning enforcement. We also help clients obtain wetlands permits and provide advice concerning tidal wetlands, inland waters and coastal waters.
From the outset, we work with the developer to assemble the best team of land-use planners, engineers, environmental consultants and architects. We work closely with the members of the team to put together a permit-application package that complies with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. We also assist, when appropriate, in developing community-relations and media-relations plans and in coordinating outreach to community groups, media and others who may be interested in the project.
Tax Assessment/Collection & Appeals
Our municipal attorneys have extensive experience in the defense of tax assessment appeals and in pursuing collection actions against delinquent taxpayers, delinquent water and sewer authority account holders, and in the foreclosure of blight liens. Halloran & Sage has the advantage of drawing on he combined experience of lawyers in our litigation, bankruptcy, tax and appellate practices when assisting a municipal client with a tax assessment appeal or collection matter.
Halloran & Sage has a reputation for successfully representing our clients in a cost-effective manner. Moreover, we believe in taking a proactive approach that emphasizes negotiation and cooperation where possible but aggressive litigation when necessary.