Municipal Law

City governments, municipalities, counties and other local governmental entities are frequently confronted with difficult legal issues. At the same time, budget constraints, the scope of government authority, and potential application of governmental immunity create unique issues for officials in resolving disputes. In matters involving public entities, an effective lawyer needs to be highly experienced, knowledgeable and flexible.

For nearly 40 years, Coddington, Hicks & Danforth has provided California public entities and their employees with strategic representation to provide the most favorable outcome possible in resolving complex disputes. Our trial-proven lawyers stand as staunch advocates to efficiently resolve claims against public entities in a wide range of areas, including employment disputes, police liability matters, property disputes and tort liability. We have offices in Redwood City and Santa Monica, California.

Resolving Employment Disputes

Our attorneys proactively advise public entities about how state and federal employment laws apply if budget constraints require a reduction in work staff. We also defend municipalities against the cost and negative publicity of civil rights claims.

Personal Injury Defense

We are experienced in defending governments and government agencies against all types of personal injury claims, including:

  • Premises liability claims
  • Slip-and-fall accidents on public sidewalks
  • Exposure to toxic treated waste
  • Injuries connected to police chases
  • Infrastructure complaints, such as defective intersections or unsafe road design

Resolving Civil Disputes

Real property disputes involving counties, cities, municipalities and other government entities can be extremely complex. Our skilled real property lawyers are dedicated to protecting the interests of clients in resolving property disputes, including:

  • Nuisance claims
  • Faulty sewers causing damage to property or causing overflow to streams
  • Utility and infrastructure complaints
  • Inverse condemnation and eminent domain matters
  • Land use and zoning disputes

For More Information About Municipal Law Services

For first-rate legal counsel, guidance and representation, call 650-592-5400.