Municipal Law

At the Messer, Fort & McDonald Law Firm, we are committed to providing first-rate legal services with a focus on strong client relationships and personal attention to each of our local government clients. Our municipal law team has over 90 years combined experience representing cities and local governments throughout Texas. We strive to ensure that our expertise in, and passion for, municipal law achieves outstanding results for the cities and local governmental entities that we proudly represent, as both general counsel and outside litigation counsel.

Our municipal legal team has the breadth and depth of knowledge on the significant legal issues facing local governments, including:

  • Annexation & Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Expansion
  • Bidding and Procurement
  • Budget
  • Charter Creation, Elections, and Amendments
  • Civil Service
  • Code Enforcement
  • Constitutional Issues and Civil Rights Claims
  • Construction Agreements, Projects, Bonds, and Competitive Bidding
  • Contracts and Interlocal Cooperation Agreements
  • Economic Development, including 4A and 4B Corporations, PIDs, TIFs, and MDDs
  • Elections
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment and Labor
  • Ethics
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Media Relations
  • Municipal Court Prosecution
  • Open Meetings
  • Open Records/Public Information Requests
  • Ordinance and Resolution Drafting
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Claims
  • Platting and Subdivision Regulations
  • Police Procedures and Use of Force Policies
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Taxation