Municipal Law

Albany, New York

The municipal law practice at Tully Rinckey PLLC provides representation and guidance to municipalities on all issues related to local government and matters under the county, city, town, and village laws. We’re uniquely qualified to assist both government and non-government clients in municipal litigation matters ranging from labor arbitrations to First Amendment issues, from disputes arising in the course of doing business to collection law.

Municipalities face any number of legal issues, including those surrounding land use and construction, contracts, employment and labor, police authority, education policies, and property taxation, among others. Often, municipalities find it necessary to hire knowledgeable attorneys to represent them or to produce guidance with respect to these issues, sometimes as a supplement to their own general counsel.

The skilled and experienced attorneys at Tully Rinckey are equipped to handle all kinds of municipal law issues, including:

We strive to achieve early dismissal of claims brought against our clients. But if we must go to trial, our attorneys have significant litigation experience and will do their utmost to ensure a favorable outcome. Drawing on considerable legal resources and a deep understanding of complex municipal law, we strive to obtain settlements, decisions, and verdicts as favorable as possible for your municipality.

The team of capable attorneys at Tully Rinckey offer a full spectrum of legal services to municipalities of any size. We’re ready to take on any legal challenges you may face, while protecting the interests of your local government and the people you represent.

To schedule an initial consultation, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (888) 529-4543 or info@tullylegal.com

If you’re an officer of a municipality or a department within one, you know your operational and administrative procedures are guided by specific laws and regulations. When violations of these laws and regulations occur, your agency may face an investigation or even litigation.

The experienced municipal law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC assist you with administrative investigations and litigation, whether it involves licensing, regulatory enforcement, or some other aspect of federal and state regulation. We work closely with you to develop strategies that both preserve the public welfare and meet your municipal or department goals.

If your municipality or department faces allegations or charges of discrimination or harassment, or violations of civil rights, you need strong legal representation. The municipal law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC understand the nuances of such cases and can provide you with experienced legal counsel to help your municipality or department internally investigate such accusations.

Once the internal investigation is complete, we prepare you for responding to outside inquiries or investigations, and we work with you to develop remedies through arbitration or settlements. Should allegations lead to litigation, our proven litigation attorneys actively defend your municipality or department in court.

Municipalities sometimes face an uphill battle when trying to collect dollars owed them, whether from taxes, licensing, fines, rents or sales, or other collection channels. The knowledgeable municipal law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC help municipalities recover money due them in a timely and cost-effective manner.

We assist you in resolving complex payment disputes through innovative methods of bargaining. Should you need to go to court, we provide aggressive legal representation that places your interests in the forefront and gets you fair and equitable results. If you’re not satisfied with the results, we handle appeals, as well.

Whether or not they’re unionized, employee groups sometimes make salary or benefits demands that are unfavorable to your municipality’s financial goals. The municipal law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC are skilled in all types of alternative dispute resolutions – collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, mediation – that involve employee unions and other worker organizations.

We’re prepared to handle these often-challenging negotiations in order to reach desired outcomes and maintain positive relations with your municipal workforce. Our experience and innovation can place your municipality in the best possible position for productive bargaining.

Municipalities require contracts for everything from school building construction to developing bid specifications for equipment. The experienced municipal law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC can assist both government and non-government municipalities in the drafting and negotiation of any contract. We understand the nuances of municipal contract language and can protect your interests before you sign on the dotted line.

Should a dispute arise from an existing contract, we offer counsel on how best to resolve the dispute. In instances where litigation is unavoidable, our court-proven litigators can represent you, preparing the best case possible and fighting for your interests.

If a grievance has been filed against your municipality or government entity, you should consider engaging a top-notch law firm to assist you in the grievance process. The experienced municipal law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC help you with grievance processing, especially if the issue concerns workers compensation, insurance claims, or civil rights.

We offer sound legal advice regarding your response to grievances and, if necessary, represent you in arbitration or litigation. We can also assist you in writing or rewriting company policy or collectively bargained agreements to potentially avoid such grievances in the future.

Municipalities often deal in land use, development, and construction issues. When disputes arise, the knowledgeable municipal law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC can help. We’re practiced in land development legislation and zoning, and can offer advice when dealing with environmental matters. We also handle construction matters, including contractor disputes, breach of contract, and construction defects.

We understand the challenges municipalities face and work to resolve problems creatively and successfully before they balloon into bigger issues. If litigation becomes necessary, our court-tested litigation attorneys represent you aggressively, positioning your case for the best possible outcome.

If your municipality or other government entity is confronted with claims, allegations, or charges of any kind, you need counsel and representation that protects your interests. The court-tested attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC are experienced in municipal defense, providing counsel for cases involving discrimination claims, civil rights violations, police and fire affairs, personal injury matters, and many other potential issues.

We focus on resolving issues quickly and successfully, with an eye toward avoiding lengthy trials. If cases proceed to court, we defend you from a position of strength, calling on our deep legal resources and relationships for support.

Schools face evolving laws and policies regarding the conduct of student education. If your school or district is involved in a dispute with a student, parent, teacher, administrator, union, community group, or other entity, the practiced attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC can help.

We offer counsel in matters concerning today’s schools, whether it’s a student disciplinary case, an issue involving special education, a question of teacher conduct, or anything else. We attempt to resolve disputes before they escalate to litigation. But if the issue should rise to the courts, we litigate your case with skill, vigor, and the wisdom of experience.

WHY CHOOSE US TO REPRESENT YOU

When you choose Tully Rinckey PLLC, you aren’t just assigned an attorney. Your legal matter will be cared for by our entire legal team and support staff. With offices throughout the country, coast to coast, we make sure you receive legal counsel and representation you can trust. A number of the partners in our firm have earned the highest possible ratings for their exceptional legal ability and high ethical standards, including the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and top ratings from Avvo, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

Full Service Legal Firm


Tully Rinckey is a full-service law firm. We handle legal issues relating to appellate law, litigation, bankruptcy, international and U.S.-based business law, family and matrimonial law, military and federal employment law, intellectual property law, and much more. We also offer a variety of services, including estate planning, security clearance representation, and congressional investigations. Regardless of your legal needs, we have the experienced counsel you need.

Our Experience


Our highly knowledgeable law team comes to the table with attorneys who have 20 to 30 years of experience representing hundreds of clients. With hundreds of years of combined experience in appellate, international and U.S. business and corporate commercial law, litigation, criminal law, immigration, bankruptcy, employment law, estate planning, our team has what it takes to ensure your success.

Proud Veterans


Tully Rinckey PLLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned law firm founded by military veterans Mathew B. Tully and Greg T. Rinckey, and now employs attorneys who are veterans of the Armed Forces. The military ranks and roles of our attorneys range from a Brigadier General, former Judge Advocates of all Officer ranks, and attorneys who have served as enlisted and Non-Commissioned Officers. The principles of the U.S. military carry over into how we operate our firm. These include leadership, character, technical and tactical proficiency, strong communication skills, seeking and taking responsibility, understanding assignments, choosing the right people for the job, and teamwork.

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The nationally recognized attorneys who work in the Albany offices of Tully Rinckey PLLC counsel and represent individuals, families, and companies of all sizes, from seedling ventures to global corporations. With headquarters located in the Albany suburb of Colonie, Tully Rinckey PLLC is proud to serve the people, families, and business enterprises of Greater Albany, as well as the communities of the greater Capital Region. Recognized for entrepreneurial excellence, we’ve been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Albany Business Journal. The firm’s Albany office offers legal services in a wide variety of services that range from business to personal legal matters.

To schedule a consultation at our Albany office, call 518-218-7100 or email info@tullylegal.com.

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