Governmental Defense Litigation

Holtsford Gilliland Higgins Hitson & Howard, P.C. is proud to represent the numerous municipalities throughout the firm’s coverage area in Alabama. Our attorneys bring their extensive civil litigation experience to bear in defense of municipalities sued for matters ranging from employment law and personal injury to civil rights and constitutional issues. As always, our governmental clients can count on Holtsford Gilliland to deliver sound legal advice and risk assessment regarding any claim as well as effective dispute resolution through negotiations, mediation, or litigation.

Our governmental defense practice covers the wide variety of claims affecting municipalities:

Employment/personnel matters- discrimination, harassment and other EEOC claims; public employee statutory claims; discipline and termination appeals.

Claims against municipal officials- claims arising from zoning decisions; water utilities management; local boards; and legislative bodies’ official acts.

Personal injury- automobile accidents involving government vehicles, including fire, police and other emergency responders involved in traffic collisions; slip and fall injuries on government property; negligent security; assaults or negligence by government employees.

Civil rights- officer-involved shootings; use of Tasers; excessive use of force complaints; negligent supervision in jails or other institutions; false arrest; search & seizure.

Our attorneys offer many years of experience in litigating matters before state courts and administrative agencies, as well as cases brought in federal court under section 1983, including complex constitutional issues which often underlie such claims.