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Governmental/Public Entity Liability

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Reminger provides statewide representation to political subdivisions including county governments, municipalities, townships and villages regarding all aspects of governmental liability.

This practice group offers a wide range of expertise including defense of the following types of claims and lawsuits:

  • Tort claims against political subdivisions including those arising out of the operation of emergency vehicles, defective governmental buildings, nuisances on public streets and sidewalks and other injuries occurring from governmental functions;
  • Civil rights claims, both federal and state, including claims involving excessive force and law enforcement liability;
  • Employment disputes;
  • Zoning and land use disputes, construction disputes, and contract disputes.

The attorneys in our Governmental Liability Practice Group often attend council meetings, trustee meetings, or other administrative hearings to assist in the decision making process and help resolve existing disputes as well as proactively prevent litigation. Our lawyers also keep abreast of the ever changing law regarding immunity for political subdivisions, employment liability, and civil rights laws to keep our clients ahead of the curve with frequently changing legal standards and responsibilities applicable to public entities.

Our Service

Our Governmental Liability Practice Group distinguishes itself from our competition in the following ways:

  1. Dedicated Client Service. Our group is committed to exceeding reporting guidelines of our clients. We also proactively meet with governmental entities during both regular session meetings and executive session meetings to help counsel clients not only through the litigation process, but also in the administrative process both before and after a lawsuit is filed.
  2. Philosophy of Practice. We are mindful that many lawsuits including 'Sunshine Law' claims and civil rights claims run the risk of paying the opposing party's attorney fees. Thus, we pride ourselves on being trial lawyers, rather than simply 'litigators'. We collaborate with our clients to resolve the matter in the least amount of time and at the least amount of expense to keep not only our fees reasonable, but those of our opponents as well.
  3. We are a good value. Our firm is a leader in 'alternative fee arrangements' and we presently serve numerous clients on a fixed fee basis. Our hourly rate is competitive, simple and straightforward and includes all in-house, out-of-pocket expenses such as long distance telephone calls, mailings, mileage, computer usage research charges, faxes, copies, etc.
  4. Value-added components. Our governmental attorneys will provide complimentary consultation with insureds and members in areas of loss prevention, case evaluation, substantive law, and claim management. Our attorneys will also make themselves available for a complementary marketing presentation and provide insight into new legislation and case law which often impacts governmental liability and concepts of governmental immunity. Our statewide offices, in-house videoconferencing facilities, and total firm electronic integration allows us to conduct interviews, discovery, and presentations with economic efficiency throughout the region.

Representative Clients

Allied Darwin, Arch Insurance, Cleveland Metroparks, HAS, Tokio Marine HCC – Public Risk Group, Municipal Insurance Alliance, Ohio Government Risk Management Plan, OTARMA, Public Entities Pool administered by American Risk Pooling Consultants, Inc., Multiple Ohio municipalities, villages and townships

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