Local Government Law

Kissinger & Fellman attorneys represent a wide variety of local governmental entities throughout the State of Colorado and the nation. Our attorneys serve as general legal counsel to local governmental entities, as well as special counsel for individual projects.

We have been actively involved in writing ordinances addressing a variety of subjects including land use and development, telecommunications, right of way management, general offenses, marijuana regulation, urban renewal, nuisance, local government budgeting, taxation, franchising, emergency services, and public utilities. We advise local government entities in their capacities as quasi-judicial decision making bodies, election issues under the Fair Campaign Practices Act, open records and open meetings laws, and the implementation and effects of the TABOR amendment on local governments. In litigation we have worked on cases involving telecommunications and rights of way matters, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, tower siting disputes, negligence claims, employment disputes, 42 U.S.C. §1983 civil rights actions, police and fire pensions, utility refund cases, liquor licensing, zoning and building code violations, open records disputes and municipal court prosecution. We have represented local government clients in legislative advocacy before the Colorado General Assembly and the United States Congress.

The Firm has also provided city council and planning commissioner training for multiple jurisdictions on various elements of policy/governance, planning responsibilities, including quasi-judicial proceedings and telecommunications siting issues. We work with local government clients both in developing and training on social media policies and the variety of legal issues involved in local government’s use of social media tools. Ken Fellman has served as a hearing officer to consider the validity of recall petitions, and has provided expert opinions in litigation on telecommunications and TABOR issues.

The firm’s extensive involvement in local government activities provides a major benefit for our clients. Our local government attorneys are actively involved with the committees of the Colorado Municipal League, the Metro City Attorneys Association, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the National League of Cities, and the Local Government Committee of the Colorado Bar Association. Ken Fellman served as Mayor of Arvada from 1999 – 2007, after serving for six years on City Council. These activities provide an added perspective to the representation we provide for our local government clients.

Kissinger & Fellman, P.C. has been named a Tier 1 firm in Colorado for Municipal Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for the years 2013 and 2014.


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