Municipal/ School Law

Attorney Patricia McGrail and her associates have extensive backgrounds in the public sector, including but not limited to school and municipal law. The firm’s experience, achievements and clearly defined focus offer our clients expert attention to their needs and demands, as well as cost-conscious and effective representation. In addition to gaining from our attorneys’ extensive legal experience, clients benefit from our firm’s size in the form of individualized attention and timely response. We understand that there are times when a prompt legal opinion is needed. Our firm prides itself on being available to clients and being receptive and responsive to all client concerns.

The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in serving as the Solicitor and Special Counsel for school districts, cities, boroughs, townships, municipal authorities, zoning hearing boards, assessment appeal boards, planning commissions and civil service commissions.

This representation involves attendance at monthly and specialty meetings, which includes expertise in all aspects of school and municipal government, such as:

  • Contract negotiations
  • Labor relations, unions, and negotiations
  • Employment contracts
  • Property, land use and zoning
  • Emergency services
  • School proceedings such as disciplinary, special education, due process hearings, and civil/criminal litigation

McGrail & Associates, LLC has negotiated numerous contracts for teacher, police, fire, janitorial, clinical, transportation, and support staff contracts. We assume responsible for collective bargaining agreement enforcement and administration for the firm’s public sector clients.

The firm’s experience also includes providing guidance in the negotiation of construction contracts, general contracts, compliance with all relevant state and federal regulations promulgated by and under institutions such as:

  • Department of Education
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Department of Labor and Industry

We also provide guidance for instances involving:

  • Taxation and assessment
  • Tax collection
  • State finance approvals
  • Grant and loan agencies for school projects (federal, state, and local)
  • General liability litigation
  • Employment litigation for cases involving sexual harassment
  • Unemployment and worker’s compensation.

Our attorneys have served as lecturers and speakers regarding public sector issues at seminars and conventions, and have practiced in all of the state and federal court systems, including the appellate courts in areas of municipal and school law.

If you find yourself in need of advice and expertise in municipal and school law, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.