Dedicated and experienced in serving the unique needs of municipalities

Dedicated and experienced in serving the unique needs of municipalities

Over a decade ago, eight municipalities in Illinois were hailed as the fastest-growing municipalities in the United States. As they grew, so did their legal needs. It was for that reason that they sought out Slavin & Slavin. Our Firm’s experience, responsibility, and passion allowed us to appropriately represent their needs as they continued to grow. More than ten years later, these and other municipalities continue to rely on our Firm to achieve their goals whether by consultation, negotiation or litigation.

We work closely with our municipal clients to minimize their exposure in workers’ compensation matters. We assist in the recovery of losses paid by pursuing subrogation and other third-parties. Our lawyers keep our municipal clients timely apprised of ongoing developments in the legal and legislative fields providing them the opportunity to stay ahead of potential claims and litigation. This includes avoiding protracted litigation filed against municipalities and governmental agencies challenging existing laws and ordinances. Our experience and expertise in diverse legal areas allow us to inform and prepare municipalities to better serve their residents.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law /</br> Licensure Defense

    Municipalities and their respective agencies have a constant need to monitor state and federal...

  • Cannabis Law

    While the state licensing requirements for businesses related to the hemp/cannabis field...

  • Labor & Employment Law

    Transparency is an obligation of municipalities and other governmental agencies that may...

  • Tort Litigation

    We are experienced in defending municipalities and their employees and actions...

  • Workers’ Compensation

    As municipalities have such a high number of employees, they often face an even larger...

  • Insurance Coverage

    Many of our municipal clients participate in risk pools to manage their claims and insurance...

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

We understand the accountability of our municipal clients and provide legal counsel to support the unique obligations of governmental bodies.

We understand the accountability of our municipal clients and provide legal counsel to support the unique obligations of governmental bodies

Problems We Solve

  • Beyond the workers’ compensation claim

    Beyond the workers’ compensation claim

    Our clients rely on us to seamlessly manage the integration of third party liabilities that arise.  Our lawyers have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in subrogation actions, including direct litigation on novel reimbursement theories such as breach of contract.  We have represented and defended employers named as third-party defendants in civil cases arising out of work injuries for which compensation was paid.  Our understanding of the big picture of litigation practiced by our Firm’s civil litigation team allows us to shape how we handle the individual task at hand to maximize the global outcome for our clients

  • Construing and applying contractual indemnifications provisions

    Construing and applying contractual indemnifications provisions

    Tendering, rejecting and/or accepting a tender in accord with contractual indemnification provisions requires a multi-layer analysis of strategies involving business and legal decisions. Resisting a tender for actions believed to be outside the scope of a party’s undertaking of indemnification has risks. Our Firm has a deep level of knowledge and experience in the application and interpretation of insurance contracts and complex construction contracts. We are experienced litigators and bring well developed strategies to cases in which a party interprets an indemnification provision as a means to shift liability.

  • Defending actions against municipalities and their first responders

    Defending actions against municipalities and their first responders

    Our lawyers have ardently and successfully defended civil actions in state and federal courts involving allegations of excessive force and false imprisonment brought against police officers and their municipal employers. Our Firm appreciates the unique accountability these clients have to the citizens and we work collaboratively with the municipality’s personnel to achieve the best possible outcome.

  • Defending actions against municipalities challenging local ordinances

    Defending actions against municipalities challenging local ordinances

    We have defended our municipal clients in cases challenging the constitutionality of local ordinances enacted for the health and safety of their citizens. Over the last couple of years, a Midwest law firm engaged in the filing of federal cases accusing various municipalities of violating the First Amendment through the enforcement of ordinances covering the number and locations unattended donation bins. Because the United States Supreme Court holds that donation bins are entitled to protection under the First Amendment and because legal fees are recoverable from the defendant in cases involving constitutional violations, the municipalities were faced with serious financial impacts. We defended these cases, worked with our dedicated city employees to draft compliant ordinances and negotiated consent decrees to end the litigation and cap the plaintiffs’ legal fees.

  • Defending third party liability claims

    Defending third party liability claims

    Our defense of third party liability claims requires our team of attorneys to be well versed in the interplay of construction contracts, insurance policies and the often complicated relationships of owners, general contractors and subcontractors, as well as borrowing and loaning employers. We work closely with our clients in determining when and if indemnification clauses are triggered and how to respond when that potential exits -- whether our client is the indemnitee or indemnitor in any given situation.

  • Strategic handling of workers’ compensation claims

    Strategic handling of workers’ compensation claims

    Our Firm resolves workers’ compensation matters throughout the State of Illinois.  We have a team of attorneys that understands that each case must be addressed on its own merits, and that while some cases may be resolved amicably others require mounting a full-scale defense.  The vast experience of our attorneys assures that clients are positioned to strategically address the most complex claims and to promptly and efficiently resolve routine claims.  Our careful analysis of the facts in each individual case provides for development of legal theories to at times support retroactive denial of accepted claims, and we have successfully incorporated those theories in proceeding to trial and securing Commission awards resulting in absolute denial of cases previously deemed compensable and, often, catastrophic.  We have handled numerous other catastrophic claims, working directly with third-party administrators and excess carriers to aggressively mitigate exposure by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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