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Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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Areas Of Law & Practice

The Office of the County Attorney advises county staff on work-related matters. To streamline efforts, the County Attorney reviews and assigns such matters to one or more attorney staff based on the disciplinary nature of the legal inquiry:

General Counsel

  • Represents the County and employees in all aspects of governmental and administrative law
  • Handles collection claims on County’s behalf
  • Negotiates, drafts, reviews, and oversees execution of all contracts in which the County is a party, as well as represents the County in any associated dispute resolution
  • Provides legal advice to ensure statutory compliance in the development, adoption, and implementation of the County annual budget and Capital Improvement Program, funding of facilities, public housing and county services, and in the adherence to procedural and legal requirements associated with generating County revenues
  • Advises the Board of County Commissioners and staff in matters related to the Florida Statutes and local regulations governing local county government, government in the Sunshine Law, financial disclosures, and Florida Code of Ethics

Employment/Labor Law Counsel

  • Engages in matters pertaining to employment, employee civil rights, personnel policies, union contract administration, collective bargaining agreement negotiations, employment grievances, and disciplinary actions and due process hearings.

Environmental Law and Utilities Counsel

  • Represents the County in matters related to compliance with local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations, and in its cooperative ventures with other municipalities and governmental entities
  • Assists in issues related to preservation of water, air, wetlands, and county’s natural resources and proper handling and disposal of solid and hazardous waste
  • Advises the Board of County Commissioners and staff in the operation of all water and sewer utilities, and in contract negotiations related to the acquisitions of privately owned utilities
  • Negotiates telecommmunication agreements

Land Use Counsel

  • Advises the Board of County Commissioners on matters related to the county’s interest in real property and land use, zoning, eminent domain and condemnation proceedings, planning and development regulations and issues, and implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

Litigation Counsel

  • Handles all general liability claims, torts, and civil actions
  • Prosecutes and defends legal actions by or against the County as directed by the Board of County Commissioners

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