Since its founding, Ring Bender has provided expertise and experience to municipal governments and entities on a wide range of environmental, facilities, land use, water rights and litigation issues. Ring Bender attorneys currently provide municipal clients with expert advice on governance issues, code enforcement, employment and various types of litigation in federal and state courts. A recent example is Ring Bender’s litigation assistance to the Rubidoux Community Service District in California in which the firm tried the case and has now completed appellate briefing on environmental and contract issues involved in the District’s participation in a regional wastewater treatment plant.
We also focus on water law and municipal water rights. For example, we currently represent a coalition of Oregon cities in litigation over their extensions of existing water rights to provide drinking water for future citizens of their communities.
We also have deep experience in public facility planning, permitting and construction, including the development and upgrading of drinking water facilities, wastewater treatment plants and other major infrastructure projects. We regularly advise municipal clients on legal issues that pertain to the planning, construction, operation and compliance of water treatment plants, intake, storage, and water transmission facilities. At present, for example, we represent a Pennsylvania wastewater treatment authority that is planning and will soon begin construction of a major upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant.