Siana Bellwoar is a leader in representing local governments and agencies. The Firm’s municipal law group presently serves as Solicitor to various municipalities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It has successfully represented municipalities (including townships, boroughs, municipal authorities, zoning hearing boards, and regional police commissions), local agencies, police departments and public officials in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for over fifteen years.
The municipal law team consists of skilled attorneys who are experienced in the areas of civil rights, labor and employment, land use, zoning, motor vehicle, public official and police liability and personal injury. The Firm has been instrumental in establishing precedent by successfully litigating what have become landmark decisions that protect municipal land use decisions, public official immunity, and employment matters. As a result of its experience, the Firm is frequently retained as Special Counsel to provide consultation to municipalities faced with complex legal matters.
The Firm’s established relationships with self-insured and group self-insured entities have proven very successful. Our attorneys work effectively with third party administrators to pursue cost-effective resolutions to claims. In addition, the municipal law group advises clients on risk management and loss control efforts in order to reduce the potential for future liability through the development of sound policy and business practice.
The municipal law group advises and defends clients on the following representative areas:
- Federal Civil Rights
- Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act
- Public Official Liability
- Land Use and Zoning
- Premises Liability
- Police Professional Liability
- Labor & Employment Matters
- Board Governance