Public Law Litigation



Our Public Law attorneys at Roetzel provide counsel on matters of public law defense regarding the government sector in matters of civil rights, civil forfeitures, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation claims and public versus private entities. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing government entities at the city, county, and state levels and government employees, including police and fire personnel.

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Representative Services

  • Civil forfeiture
  • Civil rights
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Public vs. private entities
  • Retaliation

Representative Matters

  • Successfully obtained two published 6th Circuit decisions on behalf of the Ohio Disciplinary Counsel in response to federal constitutional challenges arising from disciplinary proceedings filed under Ohio's Code of Judicial Conduct
  • Obtained a favorable decision from the Ohio Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of state law in the Ohio Supreme Court relating to he method for the apportionment of local government funds between political subdivisions
  • Obtained favorable decision in the Ohio Supreme Court relating to the authority of a local transit authority to enter into commercial lease agreement for the use of railroad lines for excursion train
  • Prosecuted Section 1983 zoning claim in federal court to enjoin township from eliminating zoning for proposed automobile dealership
  • Prosecuted breach of warranty claim in federal court on behalf of municipality that purchased fire safety vehicles from an out-of-state corporation
  • Prosecuted professional malpractice actions against engineering firms on behalf of a municipality
  • Prosecuted a variety of constitutional challenges to local zoning ordinances and administrative actions
  • Represented a state agency in the litigation of a one million dollar construction defect claim
  • Retained by a public housing authority to prosecute against a remediation contractor for its failure to meet the specifications in the mold removal process
  • Defended a city police officer in federal court for violation of civil rights under 42 U.S.C. 1983
  • Represented a municipality in a case involving racial harassment and discrimination
  • Represented a municipality in a sexual discrimination and harassment suit
  • Represented a municipality in a worker's compensation retaliation suit
  • Defended a police department against a claim of violation of civil rights of a homeless man
  • Defended a city government against claims by a county government in a conflict over land use plans

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