Lightfoot offers the experience and resources of a leading defense firm to local governments pursuing recoveries.
Just like companies, local governments often find themselves as plaintiffs in disputes seeking financial compensation. Unlike corporations, leaders of cities, towns and counties have political implications to consider, as well as the fact that they are accountable to taxpayers for what they spend. As a result, any litigation involving a municipal or county government demands careful handling, along with efficient and cost-effective resolution. This may include engaging a firm on a contingency basis or through another type of alternative fee arrangement.
The members of Lightfoot’s Municipal Litigation practice group have spent their careers defending corporate clients in court, and they leverage that experience on behalf of cities, towns and counties who are plaintiffs in lawsuits. Whether a local government is involved in a contract dispute with a vendor, going after a polluter for environmental contamination or seeking recovery from a contractor for deficiencies with a large infrastructure project, Lightfoot relentlessly pursues the best possible resolutions for government leaders and the people they represent.
For example, Lightfoot secured an $89 million settlement for the City of Jackson, Mississippi, from Siemens, the multinational manufacturing conglomerate. The case involved a water meter and billing system designed and installed for Jackson by Siemens that had innumerable problems. In just nine months, the firm filed the lawsuit and received the settlement for the City of Jackson. Lightfoot has also represented other cities in similar lawsuits over water systems.
Powered by a team that understands the realities of local governments, the firm works on a contingency basis for these cases and also enters into other alternative fee arrangements with clients. This allows government staff and elected officials to provide assurances to taxpayers that financial considerations are being taken into account.