Charlotte’s practice focuses exclusively on municipal law, and she serves as general and deputy counsel to a number of public agencies in Washington. Charlotte is experienced in contract drafting and negotiation, as well as counseling municipal officers and staff on state and federal compliance issues, ethics, elections, growth management act obligations, Land Use Petition Act lawsuits, State Environmental Policy Act appeals, open government issues, and parliamentary processes. She has presented on First Amendment issues, including sign regulations and similar agency actions with free speech implications. She regularly handles drafting and analysis of proposed legislation on land use issues, and oversees public records administration.
Charlotte also advises clients on labor and employment issues. She assists clients in drafting and implementing employment-related legislation, policies, performance reviews and disciplinary documentation. She advises Civil Service Commissions through rule-making and hearings and is also experienced in employment contract and labor negotiation and counseling.
Charlotte has extensive litigation experience, having successfully litigated on behalf of public agencies actions involving zoning, eminent domain, tax repayment and allocation, real estate, environmental issues, and labor and employment. She frequently defends agencies before administrative hearing bodies and in courts of law, and is an experienced appellate advocate on behalf of municipalities.
Charlotte enjoys knitting, baking, volunteering with the PTA and traveling with her husband and two sons.