The attorneys of MBBTK represent a number of local government entities, both insured and self-insured, in administrative proceedings and litigation involving governmental and municipal law. These include defense of the entity and its employees which involve proceedings or litigation against police officers, teachers, school systems or other agencies, and fire and rescue personnel. The representation of local governmental agencies involves defense of the clients in both administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies, including constitutional claims, employee and third party claims and litigation in the federal and state courts. The attorneys of MBBTK have experience defending city and town governments and employees, school boards and employees, counties and employees, with regard to employment litigation, challenges to legislative authority, constitutionality or legality of ordinances, due process claims, challenges to administrative decisions, among others.
We have also represented a number of volunteer fire and rescue companies on a variety of issues including questions related to their contract with the local government entity, employment issues, and third party claims arising out of the services provided. Among the significant cases listed on this website is the case of National Railroad Passenger Corporation v. Catlett, 241 Va. 402 (1991), in which the Supreme Court of Virginia held that a volunteer fire fighting company had sovereign immunity for claims arising out of a train accident. This ruling was later affirmed and codified by the legislature.
Our firm is a member of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. and we have access to a wide variety of resources to assist in the representation of our clients’ interests. Please contact Heather K. Bardot, Esquire, who leads the government and municipal practice group for more information. (703) 385-1000.