With the increasing nationwide concern about water as one of the world’s most valuable resources, our lawyers advise and represent a wide variety of clients across the Midwest in all types of water matters. From water rights to water supply development and water quality issues, we effectively represent our clients' interests in federal and state court litigation, and in contested administrative proceedings.
We also counsel many rural water authorities on all issues arising from their operation as a non-profit or Chapter 6119 political subdivision. In that regard, we also provide extensive representation to water authorities seeking to expand their service territory through eminent domain proceedings. Our knowledge of state and federal law governing such water rights is unprecedented in the Midwest, and serves as the benchmark for our success on behalf of our clients in the protection of their state and federal rights. This involves complex litigation to enforce the protections afforded by 7 U.S.C. § 1926(b), and the preceding requirements, including obtaining federal grants.
Dennis is a senior partner of the firm and has been a trial lawyer for 36 years. He has handled a wide variety of civil cases as part of a multi-state practice based in Northern Ohio, including serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. A substantial portion of Dennis’ practice involves the representation of public sector clients, where he handles a myriad of cases and legal issues facing public entities, including eminent domain cases.
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Matthew concentrates his practice upon litigation matters stemming from business, consumer, health care, environmental, and governmental controversies.
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A consortium of rural water industry leaders recently formed The Rural Water Alliance with the primary objective of helping rural water association general managers and board members protect their interests and maximize their effectiveness.
Ross County filed a motion for summary judgment, which has been countered by Chillicothe's brief in opposition, and followed by Ross’s reply (see filings).
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