Municipal Liability

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Municipal Liability

Lowis & Gellen has extensive experience representing local governments and quasi-public bodies. Our attorneys represent elected officials, law enforcement officers and university police in a wide variety of matters in the state and federal courts. By representing public officials and bodies on a regular basis, we understand how local governments work and are keenly aware of the challenges they face in today’s litigious society. Because many of the claims against government clients are deemed to be newsworthy, Lowis & Gellen attorneys are accustomed to handling sensitive issues to meet the needs and concerns of government leaders. Whether a matter is high profile or more routine, our results-oriented approach enables us to develop and execute creative and aggressive defense strategies, while also respecting the potential impact that each case may have on taxpayers.

Our attorneys have handled all types of civil rights cases. Lowis & Gellen regularly defends against police misconduct claims, including allegations of excessive force, false arrest and false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and Brady violations, failure to provide police protection and dispatcher negligence. We have significant experience with denial of access to medical care, strip search and conditions of confinement claims. Our municipal defense team frequently litigates non-police claims, including First Amendment claims ranging from free speech to access to courts to religious practices. Many of our cases involve equal protection and due process claims, including the increasingly popular “class of one” claims.


  • K. Clancy
  • D. O'Brien
  • M. McManaman
  • S. Kitlinski