Public Law Litigation

The Public Law litigators at Calfee provide counsel on matters of public contract awards, zoning litigation and variance applications, and statutory and constitutional challenges to legislation. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing municipalities, hospitals and corporate enterprises involved in litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitration arising from Open Records and Sunshine Law issues, civil rights legislation, property maintenance concerns, and employee and officer removal matters. In addition, we also particularly focus on matters involving tort immunity of public officials, inter-governmental disputes and litigation between public and private bodies.

  • Public contract award challenges and defenses
  • Zoning litigation and variance applications
  • Eminent domain litigation on behalf of both municipalities and property owners
  • Statutory and constitutional challenges to legislation
  • Open Records and Sunshine Law issues
  • Civil rights litigation, including Section 1983 actions
  • Election litigation, including election contests
  • Challenges to governmental fees and charges
  • Removal of public officers and employees
  • Public construction litigation
  • Tort litigation

Representative Projects

  • Represented successful bidders on numerous public contract awards in litigation to upset awards, including construction contracts and lease awards.
  • Successfully defended municipalities and state agencies in litigation challenging awards of public construction contracts and bidding procedures.
  • Defended municipalities in litigation attacking enactment and enforcement of zoning ordinances.
  • Obtained reversal by Ohio Supreme Court of decision in major zoning case involving municipal obligation to adopt comprehensive zoning plan.
  • Represented large store owner in successful suit to obtain variance from sign ordinance.
  • Brought challenge to compulsory arbitration provision of state public employee labor law.
  • Filed challenge to state regulations setting excessive fees for background investigations in waste disposal industry.
  • Defended major hospital in Open Records Law challenges.
  • Obtained Ohio Supreme Court ruling that State Sunshine Law does not apply to charter municipalities.
  • Persuaded Court of Appeals to recognize attorney-client privilege exception to Open Records Law.
  • Represented municipalities and law enforcement officers in civil rights litigation defending against claims of unreasonable force, wrongful arrest, unreasonable search and seizure, and malicious prosecution.
  • Defended Ohio municipality against charges of violation of civil rights consent decree.
  • Obtained dismissal of election contest action in Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Represented various developers and owners in challenges to sewer tap-in fees.
  • Successfully represented city in breach of contract action concerning acquisition of computer system.
  • Advised and represented numerous municipalities in employee and officer removal matters.
  • Regularly defend political subdivisions against tort and federal civil rights claims.
  • Defeated claims by contractor terminated by city for non-performance in connection with multi-million dollar downtown urban renewal project.
  • Represented municipalities on state tort claims arising from maintenance of sewer systems, streets, sidewalks, and other facilities.