Municipal Law

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Municipal Law

DeFio Kean, PLLC works side by side with managers and department heads on achieving cost-effective and practical solutions to the distinct set of legal issues faced by villages, towns, cities and counties. The firm’s principal has over two decades of experience of working with municipalities to address claims raised and develop a framework to positively respond to matters as they arise.

Contract Negotiations

We have represented management in negotiations with various unions located across New York State, ranging in unit sizes from 5-800 members, including but not limited to:

  • Council 82, New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
  • CSEA, CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
  • New York State Union of Police Associations, Inc.
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • United Public Service Employees Union

Our experience in this area has helped create long-standing, respectful working relationships with the representatives from these unions.

Disciplinary Matters

  • Assisting department heads with progressive discipline
  • Preparing Notices of Discipline
  • Negotiating Last Chance Agreements
  • Prosecuting Section 75 hearings
  • Conducting internal employment investigations

PERB Proceedings and Arbitration

  • Defense of Unit Clarification Petitions
  • Contract grievances
  • Interest arbitration
  • Improper practice charges
  • Civil Service Section 72 hearings
  • GML 207-c proceedings


Defense of Civil Rights and Employment Claims

Defending cases in the U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, as well as various State Supreme Courts throughout New York on a variety of matters such as:

  • Section 1983 claims by employees
  • Title VII, ADA, ADEA claims
  • Wrongful termination and retaliation claims
  • Excessive force, false imprisonment, and wrongful arrest claims
  • SEQRA violations
  • Due Process claims
  • Real property matters

Article 78 Proceedings and Related Matters

  • Civil service matters
  • Bumping rights
  • Layoff procedures
  • Job abolition (Section 80 of Civil Service Law)
  • SEQRA and zoning issues
  • Land Use matters

General Representation and Related Matters

  • Appellate work on related cases
  • Tax certiorari litigation
  • Real property acquisitions and sales for municipalities
  • Regulatory assistance with New York State Department of Health
  • State Court Litigation (breach of contract and tort matters)
  • Obtain New York State funding for municipalities
  • In Rem proceedings
  • Civil Service matters
  • Labor, payroll and pension audits

Our legal experience in both State and Federal Court as well as before multiple administrative agencies, includes, but is not limited to, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, United States Department of Justice, New York State Workers Compensation Board, Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, New York State Industrial Board of Appeals and New York State Public Employment Relations Board. Representing municipalities in administrative proceedings before these various agencies has provided a broad base of experience, across a wide variety of legal subjects.