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Municipal and Governmental Law


The attorneys at Jovanovich*, Dege & Athmann, PA have provided legal services for municipalities, school districts and other governmental organizations for over 35 years. These years of practice have provided the attorneys with the expertise and knowledge necessary to provide effective, efficient and quality services to cities and other governmental entities. Currently, the firm provides civil legal services for nine municipalities and other governmental organizations, such as the Great River Regional Library, and townships. The attorneys have also been retained by governmental entities on a temporary project basis where there has been a need for special representation.
The municipal and governmental law attorneys have experience in the following areas:
Municipal litigation

• Construction and bidding disputes
• Employment termination and discrimination claims
• Condemnation and inverse condemnations
• Special assessment appeals
• Civil enforcement actions or ordinance violations
Land Use Development and Financing

• Rezoning, plat review, variances and conditional use permits
• Annexations and hearings
• Purchase and sale of municipal property
• Ordinance drafting and amendments
• Public improvements, assessments and bonding
• HRA and EDA projects
• Tax increment financing
• Utility collections
• Contract drafting
• Environmental issues
• Franchise law
Employment Law Experience

• Discipline and discharge matters
• Collective bargaining negotiations
• Personnel policies and procedural manuals
• Human rights claims and investigations


Criminal Prosecution

• Appear in District Court on behalf of cities for misdemeanor and traffic gross misdemeanor offenses
• Criminal Jury and bench trials
• Court of Appeals

• Forfeiture Proceedings
• Expungement Proceedings


If you are in need of a governmental law attorney, contact Jovanovich*, Dege & Athmann to speak with one of our experienced municipal and governmental law attorneys today.

* Thomas Jovanovich retired on 4/1/2021


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