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Municipal and School Law2017-02-20T22:02:08+00:00

Municipal and School Law


Miller, Kistler & Campbell is a pre-eminent municipal law firm in central Pennsylvania, with more than 50 current municipal and public clients to its name. The firm has represented many of its municipal clients consecutively for more than six decades, and the firm has been instrumental in the formation of many municipal entities, including the University Area Joint Authority and the Centre Region Council of Governments, to name just two such entities. On any given weeknight, the firm’s attorneys attend meetings and advise clients from the smallest of sewer and water authorities to the region’s largest school districts and boroughs. We treat every municipal client with equal attention, and we pride ourselves on the professionalism we provide to public clients.

Knowledge Of The Unique Body Of Municipal And Public Entity Law


Municipal representation is a specific area of expertise with its own knowledge and experience base. The attorneys at Miller, Kistler & Campbell are thoroughly familiar with all areas of such representation, including:

  • Policy and ordinance development
  • Public financing
  • Constitutional obligations and prohibitions of public decision-making
  • Right-to-know law requirements and procedures
  • Sunshine law and openness obligations
  • Public meeting procedure and rules of order
  • Legal relationships among municipalities, authorities, zoning boards, planning commissions and other public entities
  • Election requirements and preparation
  • Eminent domain requirements and procedures
  • Municipal liens and collections practices

Because of the breadth of Miller, Kistler & Campbell’s experience in this realm, the firm is able to provide comprehensive representation of any public entity. As a result, we are uniquely qualified to perform the solicitorship duties for any local governmental body.

Representation Of School Entities


We serve as solicitors, insurance defense counsel, and special counsel to school districts, and advise and/or represent them in matters including:

  • right to know law requests
  • conflicts of interest
  • construction
  • charter schools
  • cyber charter schools
  • collective bargaining
  • taxation
  • wrongful discharge
  • personal injury
  • age discrimination
  • redistricting
  • sexual harassment
  • civil rights violations under Title VII
  • demotions
  • dismissals
  • sabbaticals
  • furloughs
  • transportation
  • suspensions, expulsions, and other student discipline
  • interscholastic athletic eligibility
  • discipline of coaches
  • special education
  • trademarks
  • Americans with Disability Act
  • FMLA
  • grievances
  • Act 1
  • Referenda
  • mandatory reporting

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We consider it a service and honor to represent public entities, so we maintain rates that are reasonable and affordable. We do not nickel and dime our clients, and we understand that you represent constituents who want to stretch their tax dollars. We will work with you to determine reasonable rates for our services, and at the same time, we will provide comprehensive attention to all of your legal affairs.

Please contact us in our State College or Bellefonte office to arrange a consultation with one of our lawyers.

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OUR TEAM

Please contact one of our attorneys below who practice in the area of municipal and school law.

RICHARD L. CAMPBELL

SHAREHOLDER

Richard “Dick” L. Campbell focuses his practice on estate planning, real estate matters, business transactions, and estate administration…

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JOHN R. MILLER III

SHAREHOLDER

John R. Miller, III is a native of Centre County who grew up as an attorney’s son, so it was only natural that John would…

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TERRY J. WILLIAMS

SHAREHOLDER

Terry J. Williams is a Martindale-Hubble peer review AV/Preeminent rated attorney with forty years of experience, specializing…

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TRACEY G. BENSON

SHAREHOLDER

Tracey G. Benson was born in Hammond, Indiana and graduated from Triadelphia High School in Wheeling, West Virginia…

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DAVID B. CONSIGLIO

SHAREHOLDER

David Consiglio has deep ties to central Pennsylvania, having been born in Altoona in 1967 and graduating from Bishop…

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DAVID S. GAINES JR.

SHAREHOLDER

David S. Gaines, Jr. focuses his practice on municipal and governmental matters, workers’ compensation representation, and…

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MICHAEL S. LEVANDOSKI

ASSOCIATE

Michael S. Levandoski practices extensively in all areas of real estate.  As a Licensed Title Agent, Michael…

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JOHN W. LHOTA

ASSOCIATE

John W. Lhota concentrates his practice in the areas of general litigation, bankruptcy and debtors’ rights, criminal law, and…

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