Municipal Law

While well-recognized for its work in the area of insurance defense, Tharpe & Howell, LLP also provides a broad spectrum of legal services to governmental and quasi-governmental entities. Over the past 40 years, our attorneys have represented and counseled cities throughout California, public and private schools and other educational institutions, special interest groups, and railroads; as well as for profit and non-profit organizations receiving government grants. And when our clients require specialized counsel, Tharpe & Howell has complementary practices to efficiently render the necessary expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Services typically offered to governmental and quasi-governmental entities include:

  • Employment and labor law (consult and litigation defense)
  • Premises liability
  • Public works
  • Property rights/land use/zoning
  • Construction defect
  • Fair Housing/habitability
  • Environmental and toxic tort
  • Regulatory and administrative law
  • Workers’ compensation defense
  • Public transportation claims (including wrongful death and catastrophic injuries)
  • Subrogation and insurance matters
  • General litigation (including complex litigation and class-action lawsuits)


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