The League's legal department is situated at the confluence of many important legal and policy areas and is an excellent resource for municipal attorneys.
General Counsel William Kearns Jr., Esq., of Helmer, Conley & Kasselman in Willingboro, head the League of Municipalities’ Legal Department with Deputy Council Trishka Waterbury Cecil, Esq., of Mason, Griffin & Pierson. League Associate General Counsel Frank Marshall provides day-to-day staffing at League headquarters in Trenton. In addition, the League retains 28 additional assistant and associate counsels. These attorneys are renowned experts in the many different fields of municipal law, including environmental issues, labor relations, land use, taxation, and bonding.
Legal Consultation Service
The League offers a legal consultation service for municipal attorneys directed by the League’s Associate General Counsel. While our legal department cannot be a replacement for a town’s municipal attorney, a legal consultation service for municipal attorneys is directed by the League’s Associate General Counsel.
The League Amicus Committee considers requests from League members to file for amicus curiae status in cases of statewide importance that have reached the Appellate level.
The League has argued as amicus curiae in cases before the Council on Local Mandates and can bring complaints before the Council if petitioned by two or more municipalities.
Please Note: This service does not offer "second opinions" or alternatives to your municipal attorney, who should be your primary source of legal advice.