Municipal Law

Hennepin & Anoka County, Minnesota

Our firm has a long standing commitment to the practice of municipal law and we have over thirty-five years of experience representing our municipal clients. We are pleased to serve our clients in all aspects of municipal law, and are prepared to skillfully assist our municipal clients with any issue that may arise.  We take pride in developing long-standing relationships with our municipal clients based on the high level of services we consistently deliver.  We provide cost-effective, full service representation to our municipalities.

Our Services

  • Transactional services, including drafting and review of contracts, joint powers agreements, and real property transfer and encumbrance documents
  • Ordinance drafting and review
  • Development and redevelopment counsel including process implementation and the creation of development contracts and associated documents
  • Local infrastructure improvement project implementation and special assessment procedures, analysis and litigation
  • Eminent domain
  • Criminal prosecution
  • Municipal code enforcement
  • Open Meeting Law and Minnesota Government Data Practices Act compliance
  • Employment and Labor law
  • Union negotiations
  • Environmental law
  • Land use law
  • Municipal Liquor Operations
  • Economic Development Authority establishment, implementation and ongoing counsel
  • Zoning enforcement

Contact Us Today

Contact CC&S to find out how we can help you serve your community. You can count on our knowledgeable staff to answer your questions promptly during business hours. Call our office at 763-561-2800 or contact us online.

Municipal Law Attorneys

John Thames

John J. Thames

Partner

John has handled numerous trials and has argued at the Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court. John serves as the City Attorney for the Cities of Spring Lake Park, Maple Plain, Corcoran, Long Lake and Greenfield.

Jeffrey Carson

Jeffrey A. Carson

Of Counsel

Jeff has worked extensively in the fields of eminent domain and special assessments, and has also served as a Commissioner in condemnation matters in the metropolitan area. He is a Qualified Rule 114 Neutral and serves as a mediator in the municipal field.

David Ross

David K. Ross

Partner

David has handled numerous criminal jury trials and has argued at the Court of Appeals on multiple occasions. David also represents the firm’s municipal clients in their civil DWI related forfeitures.

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy

Asssociate

Joe works with our firm’s municipal clients in criminal and civil matters and assists private clients in criminal defense. He has extensive experience trying cases, litigating contested hearings, and arguing cases at the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Peggy Larkin

Peggy Larkin

Associate

Peggy provides legal services to our firm’s municipal clients in criminal and civil matters and assists private clients in creditors’ remedies cases, criminal defense, estate planning, special education law, and family law.

Ellen Schreder

Ellen M. Schreder

Managing Partner

Ellen began her career by representing our firm’s municipal clients, and has since built the firm’s family law practice. She now spends approximately one-half of her time serving as a neutral in all types of family law matters, as a mediator, early neutral evaluator, parenting consultant and parenting time expediter.

Dawn Speltz

Dawn E. Speltz

Partner

Dawn works in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, paternity, asset division, child support and domestic abuse. She is also a qualified rule 114 neutral, providing a variety of ADR services including early neutral evaluation as well as parenting consultant services.