Local Government Law

Municipal, Township, and School Law Attorneys

Serving Governmental Bodies in Minnesota Since 1958

Kennedy & Graven, Chartered has represented more than 300 local government entities throughout Minnesota in various capacities (some clients have been with us since 1958). Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys provide a full range of legal services, from general counsel to consulting and litigation.

Our lawyers are committed to staying abreast of legislative changes, development trends, and local interests in order to provide creative, cutting-edge solutions to evolving legal issues. We are currently the appointed city attorney for over 25 cities representing over 380,000 residents. We are also serving as special counsel to dozens of city councils, township boards, and school officials on specific projects and issues.

Our Clients

Historically and today, our firm's primary focus has been the representation of local units of government including:

Other local government clients we regularly serve include:

  • Housing and redevelopment authorities
  • Economic development authorities
  • Port authorities
  • Watershed districts / watershed management organizations
  • Charter commissions
  • Joint powers entities (e.g., law enforcement, fire protection, emergency services)

General Counsel and Consulting Services

We provide general counsel and special counsel in the wide range of topics that our clients may face. A concentration of our government law practice includes public finance and municipal bonds .

Other matters we routinely address:

Litigation Services

Our attorneys have significant experience representing the interests of governmental bodies in litigation . We handle a wide variety of public law matters in state and federal courts, including:

  • Public bidding and Construction law disputes
  • Land use litigation
  • Open meeting law litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Environmental litigation
  • Condemnation

You may direct questions concerning how we may serve your legal needs in the area of local government law to any one of the following attorneys, or review other specific practice areas for additional contacts:

David T. Anderson
Associate
612-337-9274
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Ronald H. Batty
Shareholder
612-337-9262
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Troy J. Gilchrist
Shareholder
612-337-9214
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Scott J. Riggs
Shareholder
612-337-9260
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Sarah J. Sonsalla
Shareholder
612-337-9284
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James J. Thomson
Shareholder & Former President
612-337-9209
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Mary D. Tietjen
Shareholder
612-337-9277
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Robert J.V. Vose
Shareholder
612-337-9275
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School Law

Gregory S. Madsen
Shareholder
612-337-9305
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Maggie R. Wallner
Shareholder
612-337-9301
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Township Law

Troy J. Gilchrist
Shareholder
612-337-9214
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Scott J. Riggs
Shareholder
612-337-9260
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