Siana Bellwoar has extensive experience and depth representing local governments and agencies. The Firm’s municipal law group presently serves many municipalities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as solicitors, labor counsel, and special counsel advising public officials on both litigated and non-litigated matters. The Firm’s attorneys have successfully represented municipalities, local agencies, police departments and public officials for over twenty-five 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
- Board Governance