Public Sector Representation

At Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews, we have significant experience representing political subdivisions throughout Ohio in a broad range of legal matters, including all types of litigation, land use and zoning, police liability, labor and employment, and local government management issues. We take great pride in the comprehensive services we provide to our public sector clients, who value the personalized attention and accessibility we bring to every matter we handle.

Our attorneys are experienced litigators who appear regularly on behalf of public entities in federal and state courts throughout Ohio, as well as before administrative tribunals and in arbitration proceedings. Skilled negotiators and problem solvers, we assist our clients in obtaining the best possible outcome, avoiding litigation where appropriate, and taking a focused approach to trying cases, bringing our firm’s considerable breadth and depth of experience to bear as we enter the courtroom. We have tried hundreds of cases, gaining valuable practical litigation experience, as well as a solid reputation among the judges we appear before and throughout the legal community in which we practice.

We have guided numerous Ohio townships, cities, villages and counties in all aspects of government management. Our ability to provide counsel in multiple areas allows us to develop meaningful working relationships with our clients, becoming trusted advisors to public entity decision makers as they navigate their way through the myriad issues they face, from the routine to the complex.

Our services for public entities include: review of policies and procedures for employees, and safety forces; defending all types of litigation involving public sector activity; training and guidance on important and current issues.

Police Liability Defense

Defending lawsuits alleging police misconduct requires a mastery of several diverse areas of law, including constitutional law, criminal procedure, tort law, and civil rights law, as well as experience in federal court practice. Our attorneys have successfully represented police officers and departments throughout Ohio and our clients value our dedication, tenacity, and professionalism. We are committed to ensuring that our clients are treated fairly and that their rights are respected and protected every step of the way.

Discrimination and Civil Rights Defense

Our attorneys have significant experience representing public entities in cases alleging discrimination or other civil rights violations. We are experienced in federal court practice, the forum in which most civil rights litigation occurs.

Land Use and Zoning

We represent public entities throughout Ohio in land use and zoning matters, appearing regularly before planning and zoning commissions, zoning boards of appeals, and other administrative agencies. Our considerable experience allows us to navigate the complexities of local government and help our clients to anticipate potential issues and avoid surprises during the regulatory process. We also offer our clients valuable practical knowledge of the local conditions that may influence the outcomes of permit applications and appeals.

Labor and Employment

We assist our clients with a broad range of employment relations matters, including contract administration, collective bargaining and grievance arbitrations. We also provide practical advice and strategic solutions to public entities on day-to-day workplace issues, including human resources matters, statutory and regulatory compliances, and workplace policies and best practices. When litigation is necessary, we effectively represent our clients in disputes over employment matters in state and federal courts, in arbitrations, and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Sunshine Laws (Public Records and Open Meetings)

Our attorneys defend clients against alleged violations of Ohio’s open government law. We also assist public entities to ensure that they are in compliance with the state’s Open Meetings Act and Public Records Act, including providing advice on training, development of manuals, and interpretation issues.

For More Information

We welcome you to contact us at (330) 470-7780 or via email to schedule a consultation. Flexible appointments, including evening and weekend appointments, are available.