Municipal Law

We represent school districts, municipalities and government entities in a variety of settings.

The Hanft Fride team of municipal lawyers represent a wide variety of municipal and quasi-municipal clients across Minnesota and into Wisconsin—defending against lawsuits, performing as special counsel for particular projects and as general counsel for their ongoing legal needs.

As general counsel, we advise entities, such as towns, sanitary districts, charter schools, transit authorities and electrical cooperatives about their powers and duties, including matters such as:

  • The Open Meeting Law
  • The Municipal Contracting Act
  • Joint powers agreements
  • Financing, conflicts of interest
  • Planning and zoning

We have defended school districts, towns, cities, sanitary districts and other municipalities throughout the region against claims and lawsuits, often upon assignment by their insurers. Representative clients include the Duluth Transit Authority, Arrowhead Regional Electrical Cooperative, Pike Lake Area Wastewater Collection System, Moose Lake Windemere Sanitary Sewer District and dozens of towns including Aitkinson, Beaver Bay, Duluth, Cedar Valley, Ellsburg, Embarrass, Fairbanks, Halden, Lakewood, Lutsen, Nickerson, Normanna, Tofte and Schroeder.