MILLER, MANNIX, SCHACHNER & HAFNER represents a number of Towns and Villages in various capacities, including as general Town or Village Counsel as well as representation of Town and Village Boards, Planning Boards, Zoning Boards of Appeals and Fire Districts. We also represent many Towns, Villages, Cities and Counties as special counsel for particular matters such as environmental issues and tax assessment challenges because of our unique expertise.
This representation combines our extensive experience in environmental law, land use and zoning issues, municipal finance, general municipal law and civil litigation. Because we are a nationally recognized Bond Counsel, the municipalities we represent can issue Bonds, Bond Anticipation Notes and similar financing instruments without engaging separate counsel. Although we have experience in all forms of municipal litigation, we believe that an important part of our role is to enable Towns to avoid litigation by ensuring that their decisions are made in a proper and lawful manner. We are often able to avoid legal problems altogether or solve them before they become topics of public controversy or litigation. This saves both time and money, and promotes positive relationships with constituents.
We are available to attend all regular and special meetings of Town or Village Boards, Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal, subject to your needs. However, we have found that many municipalities prefer to have us “on call” to be available when necessary rather than attend every meeting. Several of our attorneys have municipal experience, so it is unlikely that you will ever be in a situation where we are unable to attend a meeting or promptly address any issue that arises. We recognize that municipal officials are often called upon to respond to the public on short notice and we pride ourselves on providing timely advice so that you can maintain good relations with your constituents.