Municipal Law And Government Representation
The attorneys at Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP have extensive experience representing both public and private clients on matters involving Pennsylvania municipal law and regulations. They currently serve as solicitors and counselors to over 25 Pennsylvania municipalities and public authorities, with Attorney Jack Mihalik having over 45 years of experience in this area of law. Prior to becoming attorneys, Barry Lewis and Rob Davidson both worked for local governments.
Attorney Lewis served as an officer and chief of police for townships and boroughs. Through this experience, he gained valuable insight into the daily issues and needs of municipal government. Attorney Davidson served as a sewage enforcement officer (SEO) and zoning officer for 11 municipalities while attending law school and still maintains his SEO certification. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Davidson served as the chief of Land Use and Natural Resources for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and was thereafter promoted to executive assistant to the secretary of agriculture, where he was responsible for intergovernmental cooperation and local government issues. He also served as the first open records officer for the department and was responsible for answering over 1,000 open records requests.
Attorneys Lewis and Davidson are active volunteer firefighters, having both served as statewide instructors. Mr. Davidson served as a township emergency management coordinator and is currently volunteering for the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency.
The attorneys at Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP serve as solicitors and special counsel to municipal governments, boards and authorities, providing expert legal counsel in a variety of areas, including:
- Representation at public meetings
- Drafting ordinances and resolutions
- Preparing public notices
- Writing conditional use and Zoning Hearing Board decisions
- Right-to-Know Law requests and issues and Sunshine Act compliance
- Public bidding requirements
- Codes and zoning enforcement
- Subdivision and land development
- Developer agreements
- Drafting of contracts and agreements
- Eminent domain
- Act 537 plan updates
- Rights of way and easements
- Zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan updates and amendments
- Real estate acquisitions and sales
- Historic districts
We provide comprehensive and practical counsel in a wide range of issues faced by local governments. Our collaborative approach provides our clients access to our vast pool of knowledge and experience, affording unsurpassed representation. Contact us today via phone at 570-245-6720 or toll-free at 877-829-8987, or send us an email.