Federal, State & Local Government

Since our inception in 2002, Chartwell Law attorneys have represented states, cities, municipalities, government authorities, and quasi-related government entities throughout the country. Additionally, we have extensive experience counseling and representing public entities such as mass transportation authorities, port authorities, boards of education, schools and school districts, public safety officials and organizations, and contractors hired by the public entity.

Our attorneys counsel and represent clients on issues including Sunshine and Right-to-Know laws, city ordinances and municipal laws, contract negotiation and disputes, insurance coverage analysis and litigation, defense of police and firefighters, employment issues, benefits for public sector employees and first responders, land use and zoning, and premises and general liability issues.

Chartwell Law’s employment law and labor relations attorneys provide advice and guidance to government and quasi-government entities in matters regarding labor relations, employment, harassment and discrimination, federal and state labor and employment laws and regulations, local workplace rules and policies, grievance and arbitration issues, employee discipline and discharge, and related matters. On behalf of our employers, we regularly appear before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, state and federal courts as well as state administrative agencies to defend against alleged employment law violations, including claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Equal Pay Act. Chartwell Law also handles collective bargaining agreements, labor relations, including contract negotiations and administration, grievances, and arbitrations.

In the area of workers’ compensation defense, our workers’ compensation attorneys have extensive experience in representing government-related organizations. We are mindful of keeping litigation costs as low as possible and attempting to settle claims quickly.

Chartwell Law litigators are highly experienced and understand the urgency and intricacies of litigation facing public entities. Our attorneys litigate before local, district, federal, appellate courts, and state administrative agencies. Our effective and efficient trial attorneys guide, defend, and initiate lawsuits involving disputes concerning breach of contract, professional and municipal liability, premises and automobile liability, environmental and toxic torts, construction disputes and accidents, insurance fraud, wrongful arrest, among others things. We assist our clients in identifying cases more appropriately resolved through early settlement alternative dispute resolutions or pre-trial motions. However, when the decision is made to fight, we fight zealously with the confidence to win.

For over 18 years, Chartwell Law attorneys have represented public sector clients in a host of matters including successfully defending:

• A professional sports organization, a major city, and a stadium authority in construction accident cases regarding claims that resulted from the building of the city’s new stadium. These cases involved trip and falls, falls off ladders and scaffolds, falls through the floor, and other assorted claims.

• A major city transit authority in cases relating to the construction of a multipurpose indoor arena for professional sports and entertainment. These cases included issues ranging from premises liability to workers’ compensation claims.

• Boards of education in claims of fraud, misappropriation of funds, and governance issues.

• Schools and school districts in cases where children were injured on school property, allegations of sexual misconduct by staff, teachers, and students.

• Major cities’ port authorities in issues concerning maritime law, liability claims, and workplace issues.

• Government organization’s in claims concerning employee benefits, disability retirement claims, and workers’ compensation claims.

• Police and fire departments in heart and lung matters, cancer coverage for first responders, death due to cancer being caused by the claimant’s occupation, and other occupation causation claims.  

• Management in various labor/management disputes, grievance arbitration and collective bargaining, interest arbitrations.