Governmental Law

Friebert, Finerty & St. John brings unsurpassed representation to individuals and businesses needing assistance with government approvals or actions, as well as to governmental entities themselves when the need for outside legal assistance arises. Over its several decades, FF&SJ has developed unparalleled relationships with government officials and knowledge in municipal and state government procedures and practices.

Located across the street from the Milwaukee City Hall complex and just blocks from the Milwaukee County Courthouse, FF&SJ is well known in the halls of local governments as honest, effective and practical advocates for clients large and small.

The firm represents companies and individuals desiring to obtain municipal franchises, contracts, permits, licenses (liquor, restaurant, etc.) and other related approvals. The firm represented successful bidders for the local cable television franchise. FF&SJ’s government work includes real estate matters such as zoning and special financing districts (see Real Estate / Property ).

FF&SJ also manages an extensive administrative law practice, representing clients before federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Such regulatory issues include environmental, employment, licensing, development, rate-regulation, gaming and election matters.

The firm has successfully represented clients in contested proceedings before regulatory agencies and in judicial review actions brought against agencies under both the state and federal administrative procedure acts.

Governmental bodies’ respect for FF&SJ is reflected in many units of government hiring FF&SJ as their own counsel. Among its government cases, FF&SJ worked on the privatization of a metropolitan sewage treatment plant and the waste hauling contract for a major municipality. It represents a major Wisconsin city on environmental liability of a river contamination and subsequent clean up.  FF&SJ defended a major metropolitan sewerage district against basement backup claims following a heavy rain event.  And it has served for decades as counsel to the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. (see Contracts / Business Transaction Law).