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Municipal & Public Entities

Hancock Estabrook represents states, cities, counties, towns, villages, public authorities and fire districts in all aspects of municipal law. We provide services in connection with board governance, capital construction, eminent domain proceedings, employment and firematics, environmental law, governmental relations, legislation drafting, public bidding and procurement, public finance, bankruptcy and tax certiorari matters. We serve businesses, banks, cities, land owners and developers, health care providers and not-for-profit entities by advocating their positions before governmental bodies, and by advancing their legislative and regulatory goals.

Our attorneys rely on extensive experience in government, politics and public service to offer our clients strategic advice, assist with crisis management, and monitor legislative and regulatory activities. Through our skill and experience in litigation, real estate, education, technology, health care, land use and other areas of law, we generate solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.

Recent Successes

Intellectual property is often an important asset for a nonprofit. We help nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations by identifying their intellectual property assets, advising them on how to protect their property and, when necessary, helping them enforce their rights. We also assist nonprofits in negotiating license agreements with owners of intellectual property, when the license helps the client more effectively pursue its tax-exempt mission. Our team of IP attorneys provide a broad range of services, including:

  • Identification of intellectual property assets.
  • Trademark counseling, including advising on trademark selection and registration with the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Preparation and prosecution of applications for trademark registration through the USPTO.
  • Maintenance and renewal of IP registration portfolios.
  • Advising on trade secrets, work-for-hire issues and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Negotiation and drafting licensing and co-existence agreements.
  • Risk avoidance and minimization, including analysis of potential trademark and copyright infringement claims and defenses.
  • Enforcement, including trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the USPTO, alternative dispute resolution and negotiation, and civil litigation in federal and state courts.

Representative Matters

Our municipal attorneys presently represent or recently represented:

  • A village against a fire corporation seeking to sever itself from the village’s municipal oversight.
  • Several counties and other municipal entities in interest arbitration proceedings involving police, fire, and deputy sheriff bargaining units.
  • A county in effort to encourage development and construction of new hotel to support county’s adjoining conference center.