We have one of the most experienced local public governmental law practices in the region. Our attorneys have provided practical guidance to municipalities in virtually every legal issue faced by public governmental bodies.
Representation of Local Public Governmental Bodies
Our firm has served as the City Attorney for the City of Bridgeton, Missouri, for over 30 years and for the City of Maplewood, Missouri, for more than 20 years. We have also served as special counsel to the City of St. Louis and many other municipalities and municipal officials in the greater St. Louis area. In addition, we represent the Saint Louis Art Museum (officially The Art Museum Subdistrict of the Metropolitan Zoological and Museum District of the City and County of St. Louis), the School District of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners.
Through representation of public and private clients, our Municipal team has developed extensive experience in both transactions and litigation involving public governmental bodies.
Economic Development Experience
Our Municipal practice group has extensive experience in public finance general obligation and special use, tax-exempt bonds, lease/purchase financing, certificates of participation, sales tax bonds and tax anticipation financing. We have served as bond counsel, counsel to underwriters and counsel to numerous public school districts in connection with financings of schools, hospitals, sewer districts, and tax-exempt securities.
Our attorneys have played important roles in advocating and preserving state legislative support for economic development in urban cores, including preserving and winning budget commitment, advancement of arts and civic projects.
Our municipal attorneys are actively involved in urban development and real estate practice, including expertise in zoning, special use, code compliance and creative development projects involving sales and lease of municipal land and cooperation between municipal government and the private sector. We have been deeply involved with the renaissance of downtown St. Louis, Omaha and Kansas City. We have had extensive dealings with the Missouri Housing Development Commission and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including financing under almost all HUD programs.
5.0/5.0 Review for J.Y. Miller by a Associate/Assistant General Counsel on 09/23/14 in Defense Litigation
J.Y. Miller is an excellent all around lawyer who is exceptionally competent as well as very attendant to the clients' needs.
5.0/5.0 Review for David Michael Buffo by a Member on 08/31/14 in Litigation
I have known Dave professionally and personally for 9 years. He is a fine lawyer and a fine person.
5.0/5.0 Review for Mr. W. Stephen Cockerham on 08/30/17 in Labor and Employment.
Stephen is a exceptional labor & employment attorney. Whenever I have an issue or a question that I don't know how to address, I email or call Stephen and he is incredibly responsive. He either knows the way a situation needs to be handled, or he w... Read more
Stephen is a exceptional labor & employment attorney. Whenever I have an issue or a question that I don't know how to address, I email or call Stephen and he is incredibly responsive. He either knows the way a situation needs to be handled, or he will research and find out. He always leaves me with the necessary tools in order for me to effectively fulfill my job including either documents or notes on how to lead a difficult discussion with an employee. I highly recommend Stephen! Read lessRead less
5.0/5.0 Review for Mr. W. Stephen Cockerham on 04/15/12 in Labor and Employment.
He is incredibly knowledgeable and has excellent communication skills, all the while maintaining an attitude of kindness toward the client.
Husch Blackwell is committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting talented attorneys and staff. We believe diversity encompasses a variety of characteristics, including race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, and family and marital status.
Our environment is essential to both the quality of our client service and the personal satisfaction of our lawyers and staff.
Our efforts have been recognized both nationally and locally in promoting diversity. We received a top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Equal Justice Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and named one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women by MultiCultural Law Magazine.
Minority and female partners hold senior leadership positions in management, which fully supports the wide variety of initiatives coordinated by our firm’s Diversity Committee.
We are actively involved in promoting diversity within the legal profession. Our firm endorsed the diversity commitment and action plans of our local bar associations.
Diversity and inclusiveness make us a stronger firm and better able to understand our clients’ needs. We are committed to pursue, promote and enhance diversity at Husch Blackwell.
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