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Since the 1980's, our attorneys have represented governmental bodies, including the State of Illinois, counties, municipalities, townships, school districts, and park districts, as general counsel and in litigation.

As general counsel, our attorneys have dealt with government financial incentives, zoning requests, and agreements of all types, including the negotiations required to proceed with development plans. They have also negotiated employment contracts, real estate leasing contracts, and collective bargaining agreements. In litigation, they have represented municipal entities in matters involving civil rights, false arrest, malicious prosecution, defamation, employment, eminent domain, damage to premises, and personal injuries.

Querrey & Harrow offers a full complement of services to local government, including:

  • Municipal General Counsel
  • FOIA Counsel
  • General Litigation
  • Defense of Civil Rights
  • Premises Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Development/Zoning
  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment/Labor
  • Planning & Development

We have developed relationships with municipalities through insurance coverage as well as through direct retention situations.

Our attorneys understand that municipalities are encountering similar budget issues and stresses associated with the state of the economy. We at Querrey & Harrow are working with Chicago area municipalities to help them reduce their legal budgets and ease those issues and stresses.

For more information about how we might help you, please contact Larry Kowaczyk.

 
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Litigation for Municipalities

Our attorneys represent governmental bodies, including the State of Illinois, counties, municipalities, townships, school districts, and park districts, in litigation involving 1983 civil rights, reapportionment, employment, eminent domain, and auto and premises liability claims, among others. 

Our attorneys represent these entities via risk retention pools, as well as through direct retention by the public entity itself.

 

Representative Matters


 

  • Thurman v. Village of Homewood, et al., 446 F.3d 682; 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 10881 (7th Cir., May 2, 2006). The 7th Circuit upheld summary judgment in a 1983 civil rights action based upon questioning and detention of off-duty policeman from another community for alleged possession and display of a firearm in a store.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a metropolitan school district involving a sexual abuse claim brought by a 13-year-old student against teachers and aides.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a suburban municipal police department brought by the estate of a murdered woman claiming that the police department failed to properly respond after complaints were made about domestic violence.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of suburban police officers accused of falsely detaining a Chicago Police Officer for alleged weapons violation. The decision was recently upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of municipal bus common carrier involving a brain damaged quadriplegic. The summary judgment was initially denied but after going to trial, the court granted summary judgment immediately prior to jury selection. Case upheld by the Illinois Court of Appeals.
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General Counsel/Corporate

As general counsel for municipalities, our attorneys have dealt with government financial incentives, zoning requests, and agreements of all types, including the negotiations required to proceed with development plans.  They have also negotiated employment contracts, real estate leasing contracts, and collective bargaining agreements.

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Employment/Labor

Our employment attorneys defend municipal entities against employment liability claims prosecuted in a variety of administrative and judicial forums.  We have achieved outstanding results in administrative matters before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the US Department of Labor.

Our experience runs the gamut of employment liability matters, including common law wrongful and retaliatory discharge actions, and charges and suits alleging race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and age discrimination and sexual harassment under Title VII, the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 1981, as well as claims brought pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and state wage statutes. 

Our attorneys also have experience in labor law, representing public employers, including school districts and local municipalities.  We have represented management before the National Labor Board and the Illinois Labor Board in mediations and arbitrations in all types of matters.  Our attorneys have negotiated vigorously on behalf of management to achieve the best results possible.

The trial experience of Querrey & Harrow attorneys enhances every aspect of our case handling, whether a matter be resolved through conciliation at an administrative phase, at summary judgment, through settlement or after a jury trial.

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