Municipal Defense

Quatela Chimeri PLLC's municipal practice group has a depth of experience and offers quality, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Our team regularly represents local governments, municipal corporations, public officials, and other quasi-governmental entities in a wide range of litigation and other matters. We serve our municipal clients as a trusted strategic resource. Our attorneys are keenly aware of the variety of unique concerns that arise in municipal litigation, and which may prompt the use of outside counsel. We provide reliable analysis and reporting, zealous advocacy, and practical insights, while working with our municipal clients towards effectively obtaining the results they seek. Whether addressing day-to-day claims, or handling complex, fact-intensive, or voluminous matters, every case receives the close attention of experienced counsel, with the available staff and resources necessary to protect their constituency.

We offer comprehensive outside counsel services, including:

  • Statutory Civil Rights claims, including:
    • 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (Constitutional and similar claims, including claims of Monell liability), and
    • 42 U.S.C. § 2000d (Federal Financial Assistance Claims),
    • 42 U.S.C. § 2000e (Employment);
    • 42 U.S.C. § 3601, et seq. (Housing).
  • Tort and common law based claims, including negligence and novel theories;
  • Housing-related claims, including allegations of unlawful practices, landlord-tenant matters, and other claims;
  • Police department and officer representation, including claims of false arrest, excessive force, and similar matters;
  • Correctional facility representation, including excessive force claims, alleged Eighth Amendment violations, medical treatment claims, and other inmate allegations;
  • Article 78 Defense;
  • Appellate advocacy;
  • Labor, employment, and civil service matters;
  • Claims related to proprietary-function liability;
  • Matters involving special purpose and other not-for-profit corporations that are deemed governmental agencies for certain purposes;
  • Claims related to emergency and natural disaster responses;
  • Contractor and insurer disputes;
  • Matters involving complex questions of immunity, absolute and/or qualified privilege, discretionary judgments, and/or public policy.
  • Federal and state litigation;
  • Special projects; and
  • Confidential consulting services.