Coleman Talley has been representing local governments since our founding partners began the firm’s representation of the City of Valdosta. With 50 years of combined experience, Coleman Talley’s government and municipalities group can provide a multitude of services to governmental entities. While most law firms of our size only represent governments after they have been sued, we offer a sophisticated time-tested approach to prevent governments from having to call upon its insurance to respond to actions brought by adversarial litigants.
Whether it is a matter of parliamentary procedure or complex environmental litigation, our attorneys represent local governments in matters involving zoning, intergovernmental issues, including HB 489 negotiations, licensing, education law, condemnation, voting rights, and employment matters. We also assist local governments with projects such as creating employment and personnel policies, land development regulations, law enforcement manuals, and ordinances.
Our attorneys also have extensive experience representing state governmental entities as outside counsel in a variety of areas, including professional liability, employment, civil rights, and premises liability. These include attending physicians at the Medical College of Georgia, community service boards, school systems and school boards, the University of Georgia, employees of DFACS, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Corrections, and county health departments. Our team has extensive knowledge regarding issues of governmental liability, especially the area of governmental immunity, and have had tremendous success in obtaining successful outcomes for our clients, even when it requires making new laws in state and federal trial and appellate court. Our lawyers speak regularly on issues pertaining to their practice areas, including professional liability, governmental liability, and employment issues to help minimize liability exposure for our state government clients.