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Since 1969, Inslee Best has maintained a highly regarded municipal law practice. Our municipal practice focuses on providing a broad range of services to municipalities resulting in efficient, consistent and cost effective legal work.  Our municipal lawyers serve as general counsel to clients including Eastside Fire and Rescue, King County Fire Protection District No. 10, twenty-six water-sewer districts, a conservation district, a housing authority, and the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts.  We also serve as City Attorney in our representation of the Cities of Lynnwood, Kenmore, and Lake Forest Park, and as special legal counsel for the Cities of Kirkland and Bainbridge Island.

In addition, our municipal lawyers have served as special counsel to many other special-purpose districts and cities in areas such as intergovernmental contracting, assumptions of districts by cities, mergers and consolidations of districts, purchase and sale of utility systems, development of comprehensive plans, formation of local improvement districts and employment issues.

Years of municipal work have made us knowledgeable about the legal issues municipalities face on a day-to-day basis, including:

  • Public records and open public meetings
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Finance
  • Taxation
  • Personnel and employment
  • Intergovernmental contracts
  • Construction contracts
  • Public bidding and procurement
  • Eminent domain
  • Real estate
  • Environmental compliance
  • Utility regulation
  • Water law
We also have extensive experience and knowledge regarding land use matters such as growth management, preparation of comprehensive plans and development regulations, processing of development permits and approvals, moratoria on development and the multiple issues that surface during the development, permit and approval processes.
 
 

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