Municipal Law

In addition to providing representation to clients in our annexation, energy and public utilities, environment, government relations, labor relations and employment law, litigation and administrative hearings and real estate and land use practice areas, Flaherty & Hood, P.A. also represents local governments and joint powers organizations on the myriad of questions involving other municipal law matters.


City Attorney

  • City of Bagley
  • City of Breckenridge
  • City of Caledonia
  • City of Grand Marais
  • City of Lewiston
  • City of Moose Lake
  • City of Northfield
  • City of Oronoco
  • City of Park Rapids
  • City of Pequot Lakes
  • City of Pine City
  • City of Plainview
  • City of Rollingstone
  • City of Rushford
  • City of St. Charles
  • City of Wabasha
  • City of Willmar
  • City of Winona

Code of Ordinances and Charter

  • Ordinance drafting, review, interpretation, analysis and state law compliance
  • Charter review, interpretation, analysis and state law compliance

Competitive Bidding

  • Process and legal advice

Contracts and Agreements

  • Process and legal advice
  • Interpretation and litigation
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements:
    • Purchases of goods and services
    • Leases and easements
    • Labor and employment
    • Joint powers
    • Intergovernmental cooperation and service agreements (e.g., wastewater treatment and conveyance agreements, orderly annexation agreements)
    • Development
    • Technology
    • Tax incentives

Economic Development

  • Process and legal advice
  • Tax abatement and business subsidy policies and agreements

Elections, Elected Officials and Council Meetings

  • Process and legal advice
  • Election procedures
  • Advising on structure, meetings, procedures and actions of City Council and committees

Eminent Domain/Condemnation

  • Process and legal advice
  • Settlement negotiations
  • Drafting correspondence to property owners; resolutions, petitions, and quick take motions; and intergovernmental agreements
  • Trial and Commissioners hearing advocacy

Licensing and Other Regulatory Functions

  • Process and legal advice
  • Drafting motions, resolutions, ordinances, codes and charter provisions

Minnesota Government Data Practices Act

  • Process, interpretation and legal advice
  • Drafting policies
  • Drafting and responding to requests for data and alleged violations
  • Department of Administration Opinions

Open Meeting Law

  • Process, interpretation and legal advice
  • Drafting and responding to alleged violations


  • City Council, boards and commissions procedures
  • Training for city officials and staff


In addition to traditional legal counsel, our firm can provide policy analysis, fiscal analysis, and public relations services upon request.

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