Practice Areas

Municipal Governance and Public Sector

Christian & Barton attorneys provide legal counsel to public authorities and local governments to assist with governance, operation and financing matters.

Our experience in public sector matters is derived from our service as counsel to a number of public authorities in the Commonwealth. Our clients include a regional airport commission responsible for an international airport, a metropolitan authority that operates toll roads, and ambulance and behavioral health authorities. In addition, our lawyers represent Virginia state agencies and local governments including cities, towns and counties.

We have advised public sector clients in areas such as:

  • contract and procurement advice, including cooperative procurement of deregulated electricity services
  • legal requirements for public solicitations
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • employee relations and benefits
  • environmental issues
  • zoning, planning and land use
  • utilities regulation
  • privatization of public services
  • water rights
  • litigation matters
  • intellectual property
  • advocacy before the Virginia General Assembly