The McNees Public Finance & Government Services Group is a team of accomplished lawyers from various practice areas with the experience to provide specialized legal services to government entities at all levels. State agencies, political subdivisions, school districts, municipalities, and authorities turn to McNees attorneys for comprehensive, responsive advice regarding the complex legal issues and challenges they face.
Our public finance representation includes roles as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, special tax counsel, trustee’s counsel and counsel to issuers. As bond counsel, we embrace our role as “advisor” to the issuer under Rule 2.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. We are there to protect the issuer to the best of our ability and to provide the issuer with direct and practical advice on what the issuer can or should do. Our local government bond counsel clients include many counties, cities, boroughs, townships, school districts and authorities across Pennsylvania.
In our government services representations, we partner with solicitors, officials, managers, auditors and financial advisors to identify practical, cost-effective solutions to difficult legal issues. We regularly advise boroughs, townships, cities, counties, authorities, school districts and other government agencies on complex legal issues, such as the potential sale or lease of municipal assets, environmental and related regulatory issues, internal complaint investigations that require independence, complicated debt restructurings, costly litigation, or any other significant, complex legal issue.
We understand the practical challenges facing elected and appointed officials and that public entities at all levels operate within a heavily regulated and complex legal framework. Other law firms may view these challenges from within a single practice area, but we take a comprehensive, strategic approach, drawing on the collective knowledge and experience of our lawyers across practice areas.
Our Clients First approach is always paramount. We pride ourselves on responsive, quality advice and counsel. Before joining McNees, many of our government services lawyers had successful careers in-house at the state, county or municipal level or within agencies where many issues are decided, so they have an in-depth understanding of the different needs of each of our clients and the issues that are important to them.
Our cross-functional government services team focuses on complex legal issues in the areas of Education, Energy & Environmental Law, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Privacy & Data Security, Real Estate, and Software & Technology Licensing.