Spicer Rudstrom attorneys play a crucial role in representing local government entities, providing specialized legal support to manage and mitigate the wide array of legal challenges these entities face. These services are critical for protecting the interests of local governments and their officials in the following situations:

Litigation and Legal Defense

  • Civil Litigation: Representing local governments in civil lawsuits where the government is sued by individuals or organizations. We handle cases involving personal injury claims, property disputes, contract issues, civil rights violations, and more, defending the local entity’s actions and decisions.
  • Employment Disputes: Defending local governments in employment-related disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and labor law violations, ensuring that the entity’s employment practices are legally sound.

Compliance and Risk Management

  • Compliance Advice: Advising local governments on compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, preventing potential legal problems before they arise.
  • Risk Assessment: Assisting in identifying potential legal risks in the entity’s operations and recommend strategies to mitigate those risks, thereby reducing the likelihood of litigation.

Land Use and Environmental Law

  • Zoning and Land Use: When local governments face legal challenges related to zoning decisions, land use planning, or environmental regulations, we provide representation and argue on behalf of the government’s decisions.
  • Environmental Compliance: Defending local entities in matters related to environmental compliance, ensuring that the government’s policies and actions meet all legal environmental standards.

Protection of Assets and Interests

  • Asset Protection: Working to protect the assets of the local government, defending against claims that could result in financial loss or damage to the government’s property.

Ethics and Public Records

  • Ethics Complaints: Defending local governments against ethics complaints and allegations of misconduct, ensuring compliance with ethical standards.
  • Open Records and Meetings: Representing local governments in disputes related to open records laws and public meetings, helping to balance transparency with privacy and security concerns.


Richard Spicer
Richard E. Spicer
Member, Nashville Office
Clint Woodfin
Clint J. Woodfin
Member, Knoxville Office