Public Sector/Governmental Services/Public and Municipal Finance
In Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP’s Public Sector/Governmental Services Practice Group, we have a variety of attorneys with extensive experience in the representation of municipalities and other governmental entities. The Firm acts as general counsel to the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the Retirement Board of the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Rhode Island and the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Rhode Island, and the Board of Directors for Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (“RIPTA”). The Firm has also served as counsel to the Providence Redevelopment Agency with respect to a large redevelopment project in the City’s Hospital District, and has served as special counsel to the East Greenwich Housing Authority and the Coastal Resources Management Council.
We are able to offer our clients invaluable advice and resources in areas including the following:
Drafting and Document Preparation:
Our attorneys have experience in drafting legislation, ordinances, and charter provisions for local governments to ensure that laws are constitutional, concise, and enforceable. We regularly negotiate and draft contracts, leases, easements, and highway abandonments on behalf of our clients. We also assist our clients by drafting economic development loan documents to help stimulate local and statewide economies.
Meetings and Records:
We can oversee public meetings, and advise governmental entities and municipalities on compliance with Open Meetings laws, as well as managing public records requests, and responding to same.
Real Estate Matters:
SHS can handle all aspects of public real estate transactions, including redevelopment, land use, zoning and planning issues, review of building codes and ordinances, and the preparation and conduct of tax sales. We can also provide advice on code violations and possible remedies.
The firm provides a broad range of legal services on bond issues and other financing transactions. As counsel to the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the Firm has served as issuer’s counsel in relation to conduit issuances involving, among others, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, the Quonset Development Corporation, the 1-195 District Commission and the State of Rhode Island. In representing the issuer, the Firm believes it is imperative to take a proactive role in protecting the issuer’s interests throughout the process.
The firm routinely serves as bond counsel on general obligation bonds and notes to municipalities, school districts and water and fire districts as well as state agencies which finance various public projects, and also serves as bond counsel on taxable and tax-exempt revenue bonds, including industrial revenue bonds, lease revenue bonds, tax-exempt leases, water and sewer revenue bonds and 501(c)(3) bond transactions.
In addition, the firm serves as underwriter's counsel in relation to municipal issuances, and is listed in the most current edition of the Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace Directory (the "Red Book").
Legal Advice and Representation:
In addition to the above, whether you need a legal interpretation of state laws and their applicability to municipalities or governmental organizations, SHS can help ensure that your municipality or governmental entity is in compliance with the law. We routinely provide counsel on issues related to municipal, local, state and federal administrative law issues; contracts; public sector labor and employment law (including pensions and collective bargaining agreements); receiverships; bankruptcies; review of departmental policies and procedures; development of policies and procedures for public organization management; financing and project development; environmental protection and natural resources; review of insurance requirements, policies, and renewals; economic development; litigation, appeals, administrative remedies; and more.
Our Public Sector/Governmental Services Practice Group takes great pride in helping our clients operate at peak efficiency, and with the economy taxpayers expect.