Municipal Defense

Louisville and Lexington Municipal Defense Practice

For more than two decades, Landrum & Shouse, a Lexington and Louisville law firm, has had the privilege of representing city and county entities, its officials and law enforcement personnel in federal and state actions across the state. The operation of a local government can present a host of legal issues, ranging from model procurement to the defense of lawful arrests made by law enforcement personnel. This is an extremely complex area of the law with defense and immunities that are specific to cities, counties and its employees. Our municipal defense practice is led by Leslie P. Vose in the Lexington office. Collectively, over the last 20 years, they have either advised or represented most of the municipalities in this state.

Landrum & Shouse endorses the concept of educating newly elected officials about all aspects of government operations, ranging from the correct way to bid a project, hire an employee, and disciplining an employee. Knowledge at the outset has demonstrated success at minimizing litigation against the municipality and its elected officials. To that end, Landrum & Shouse offers consulting services to municipalities and its officials, to make the oath of office and all that goes with it not so overwhelming.

In instances where litigation is inevitable, the defense is well placed with Landrum & Shouse. Leslie P. Vose has an impressive record of obtaining dismissals based on applicable immunities and alternatively defending at trial. In either respect, however, Leslie appreciates the far-reaching implications that litigation has against a municipality and its officials, and she makes every effort to handle the cases efficiently and effectively.

Examples of Our Cases

Leslie has represented the interests of municipalities, elected officials, employees and law enforcement personnel in virtually all types of matters. Examples of such defense involve the following:

• Failure to train and supervise
• Improper policies and procedures
• Zoning violations
• Whistleblower claims
• Negligence and premise liability
• False arrest and malicious prosecution
• Pro se prisoner complaints
• Tortious interference with business contracts
• Violations of the model procurement code
• Civil rights violations

Whether you would like Landrum & Shouse to be on retainer for consultation on the legal issues which regularly arise in the day to day operation of a local government or need litigation experience to handle a civil matter, Landrum & Shouse has the established experience. Landrum & Shouse is proud to be approved panel counsel for the Kentucky League of Cities.

To speak with one of our municipal defense attorneys, please call us in Lexington at (859) 554-4038 or in Louisville at (502) 589-7616 for an appointment.

Our Mission, to which we are dedicated, is to provide professional legal representation and service to our clients to the very best of our capabilities, individually and in unity with one another.