Government Services

Our attorneys at have over 100 years of combined experience representing municipalities and their boards.

No field is more challenging or fluid than municipal law. Our attorneys are devoted to the practice of municipal law and a number of them share their experience by teaching and lecturing in the field.

Our Government Services Practice covers every aspect of the law from pursuing tax claims in bankruptcy court, preparing bid specifications and contracts, drafting local ordinances to address new changes in the law and defending challenges to municipal actions. In addition to serving our existing municipal clients, our municipal attorneys serve as Special Counsel to other municipalities and agencies for land use matters, COAH matters, and OPRA matters, which includes counseling clients on day-to-day OPRA operations and representing clients in connection with OPRA litigation.

This practice group has also represented various Boards of Education.

In addition to addressing day-to-day operational legal questions, Laddey, Clark & Ryan’s Government Services group has experience with a wide variety of litigation matters which include challenges to land use denials, eminent domain proceedings, tax appeals and constitutional challenges to municipal actions. We also draw on the experience of our Employment and Labor Practice Group to assist our municipalities in addressing their employment-related issues.

The Government Services Practice Group has extensive experience handling all phases of municipal litigation.

Municipal Litigation areas of practice

Specifically, our firm can assist you with any of the following areas of government services and municipal law litigation:

  • Municipal Attorney
  • Municipal Prosecutor
  • Board of Public Works Attorney
  • Labor Attorney
  • Local and State property tax appeals
  • Defense of legislative challenges
  • Representation in bankruptcy matters
  • Preparation of local legislation involving all aspects of municipal law
  • Drafting of municipal ordinances
  • Development issues including COAH compliance, property dedication and negotiation of developers agreements
  • Major litigation involving civil rights, affordable housing and other challenges to municipal actions
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Bid specification and contract negotiation
  • Public land purchase and sale
  • Public bond law
  • Preparation of developers agreements

Specialties

  • Special Counsel
  • Prosecutor
  • Personnel Policy Manuals
  • Municipal Employment
  • Municipal Attorney
  • Legislation and Ordinances
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Government Tax Appeals
  • Collective Bargaining
  • COAH
  • Board of Public Works

Attorneys

Ursula H. Leo, Practice Leader

News

October 9, 2019
Conflicting Standards for Disclosure of Domestic Violence Records Under OPRA
Published by the New Jersey Law Journal Vol. 225 No. 40. Written by Jonathan N. Frodella, Esq.
October 1, 2019
Leo and Frodella to Speak at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference
Two Laddey Clark & Ryan attorneys will present programs at the 104th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference, entitled...
August 20, 2019
Zoning Board Members May Be Disqualified Based on Their Positions in the Mayor's Association
New Jersey Holds Zoning Board Members May Be Disqualified Based on Their Positions in the Mayor's Association when the Mayor Actively Campaigned Against Variance Application. The New Jersey Appellate Division recently held...
July 16, 2019
Ryan Appointed Jefferson Township Attorney
Having campaigned on a platform of change, Jefferson Township's recently elected Mayor Eric Wilsusen appointed Thomas N. Ryan, Esq. as Township Attorney. Ryan, Managing Partner of Laddey Clark & Ryan, is a member...
May 24, 2019
Two Laddey Clark & Ryan Attorneys to Speak at New Jersey State Bar Association 2019 Annual Meeting and Convention
Two Laddey Clark & Ryan attorneys will be speakers at the New Jersey State Bar Association 2019 Annual Meeting and Convention, May 15-17, in Atlantic City.
May 9, 2019
Frodella to Present at State Bar Annual Meeting
Jonathan Frodella, Attorney with Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP, will be presenting...
April 29, 2019
OPRA Forms and Indictable Offense Certifications
Published by Municipal Clerk's Association of New Jersey "The Quill". Written by Jonathan N. Frodella, Esq.
April 23, 2019
Leo Addresses Government Finance Officers Association
Ursula H. Leo, a Partner with the law firm, Laddey Clark & Ryan LLP, and Chair of the firm's Employment/Labor Practice and Government Services Groups, was a speaker at...
February 8, 2019
Open Public Records Act
The Sussex County Municipal Clerk's Association has invited Jonathan Frodella to speak at its March 21 meeting about the Open …
January 8, 2019
Laddey, Clark & Ryan Attorneys Address Municipal Clerks
Several attorneys from Laddey Clark & Ryan, LLP addressed the Municipal Clerk Association of New Jersey (MCANJ) at its annual …