Smith Phillips has vast experience representing local governmental entities.
Our attorneys have represented local governmental and quasi-governmental entities for over 30 years. Representative clients include DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department, the DeSoto County Convention & Visitors Bureau (commonly known as the Landers Center or DeSoto Civic Center), the City of Batesville, the South Panola School District, the Panola County Land Development Commission, and the Horn Lake Creek Drainage District.
We have successfully represented governmental agencies and public entities in claims asserting:
Violation of labor and employment laws
Age and employment discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Violation of constitutionally protected rights, including actions alleging violations of due process, the First Amendment right to free speech, and civil rights under Section 1983.
Our experience gives us a unique knowledge into the day-to-day concerns of local governments. Smith Phillips is well prepared to serve its governmental clients effectively as both advisor and advocate. The local government attorneys of Smith Phillips counsel public entities with regard to their current needs and anticipate future obstacles and opportunities and have an in depth experience with many facets of governing authority function, including land use and zoning issues, subdivision regulations, annexation, public purchasing, government contracts, open meetings law, public records requests, Section 1983 litigation, Mississippi Tort Claims, and economic development.