Municipal Law

Municipalities rely on Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona to represent them in varied litigation. We have successfully defended municipalities against sex, race, national origin, religion, employment discrimination and retaliatory discharge claims. In addition, our representation encompasses contract disputes and municipal tax contests. We have negotiated union contracts, proposed zoning code revisions and responded to challenges to municipal ordinances. We have handled police brutality, malicious prosecution, false arrest and constitutional rights cases. We have defended municipalities against claims of housing discrimination and political firings and hirings. We have handled disputes with real estate developers and matters involving annexation agreements. We have been involved in cases in which municipal employees were accused of sexual harassment and molestation.

In addition to extensive litigation experience, our lawyers also know these issues from the vantage point of governmental officials. Tom Gardiner served as trustee of the Village of Glenwood and Prairie State College for a cumulative total of 21 years. He currently serves on a Plan Commission and has recently served the Board of Education for a high school district. James Koch is the former president on the board of New Trier High School, in Northfield, Illinois, and has served as the president of the Board of Governors for the North Suburban Special Education District. We are familiar with the pressures placed on elected officials and executives and have the ability to provide sound counsel to protect both the community and the leadership.