Municipal & School

Axley has represented Wisconsin municipalities and their insurers in litigation matters since the inception of the firm in 1885. Our experience and knowledge regarding the unique issues and circumstances that municipalities and school districts must address have proven invaluable in obtaining results favorable to our clients.

A representative listing of examples of matters we address for municipalities and school districts includes:

  • Open records/open meetings lawsuits
  • Section 1983 Civil Rights claims
  • Discrimination claims, including claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) claims
  • Constitutional claims, including First Amendment free speech claims, search and seizure claims and excessive force claims
  • Non-renewal of teacher and administrator contracts for school districts
  • Privacy and confidentiality violation claims

School district defense represents a significant component of Axley’s litigation practice. We have represented more than 50 school districts throughout the state of Wisconsin in a broad range of lawsuits and administrative proceedings.

A representative list of substantive issues we have litigated for school districts including the following:

  • Open records/open meetings claims
  • Negligence and safe place claims
  • Discrimination claims, including claims under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Individuals with Disabilities in Education claims
  • Constitutional claims, including First Amendment free speech and association claims, search and seizure claims, and due process claims
  • Non-renewal of teacher and administrator contracts
  • Privacy and confidentiality violation claims

 

Client Successes

Some of our past experience in the field.
Representation of a Large Municipality in Dispute
Dispute was regarding equipment for a water distribution plant. Three separate mediation events resulted in a creative settlement of the litigation.
Representation of Municipal Entities
Representation of municipal entities concerning annexations, inter-governmental cooperation, public works projects, public financing, utility regulation and tax incremental financing matters
Dismissal - School Injury
Obtained dismissal of lawsuit against School District brought by student claiming injury during Phy Ed class
Gesina Seiler

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