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Municipalities & Counties


Parker Poe has been counsel to municipalities and counties since the 1950s. Our local government practice is composed of seasoned attorneys with more than 50 years combined experience in advising municipal and county boards, councils, commissions, managers and staff.

Our attorneys serve as town attorneys for several North Carolina municipalities. In addition, we provide lead or co-counsel assistance to city, town and county attorneys and their staffs throughout the Carolinas. We offer creative advice in addressing the complex problems and opportunities facing today's local governments.

Experience Highlights

We provide across the board representation with experience in the following areas:

  • Representing governing bodies, planning boards and boards of adjustment
  • Drafting ordinances, land use codes and plans and local legislation
  • Negotiating and drafting annexation agreements, interlocal agreements and developer agreements
  • Structuring economic and community development projects
  • Developing administrative enforcement procedures and code enforcement
  • Trying condemnation cases
  • Advising on procurement, purchasing and public bidding requirements
  • Preparing Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications
  • Handling zoning, subdivision and other planning matters
  • Defending annexation appeals
  • Assisting in incorporation efforts
  • Advising on utility and municipal service provisions
  • Counseling on environmental and employment matters
  • Representing cities and counties on general obligation issues since 1985, including Asheville, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Wilmington and Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Litigating municipal and county matters at the trial court and appellate levels, including annexation, tort liability, land use and zoning and open meetings
  • Trying landmark property tax cases throughout the United States
  • Handling motions and trials for local governments on key issues

Representative Experience

  • Participated as bond counsel or underwriter's counsel in most of the significant water and sewer revenue bond financings in North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Developed the concept of Certificate of Participation (COP) financing in conjunction with lease/purchases and installment/purchases and served as bond counsel or underwriter's counsel in more than $2 billion of COPs financing.
  • Represented cities and counties in lawsuits and administrative appeals, including the Town of Spencer, City of Monroe, Town of Huntersville, Town of Weddington, City of Belmont, Town of Clayton, Town of Maggie Valley, Cabarrus County, Stanly County, Jackson County, Halifax County, Graham County, Wilson County, Brunswick County and Edgecombe County, North Carolina.
  • Directed the first financing for a solid waste authority under new North Carolina legislation allowing counties to create solid waste authorities.

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