Municipal Law

Representing and counseling municipal governments and agencies in discrete legal matters is an important part of our practice. Our expertise in all aspects of union and non-union personnel and labor management issues – including collective bargaining negotiations, grievance arbitration, and disciplinary issues – brings our specialized lawyers in contact with municipal officials and the overall administration and operation of a municipality. We counsel these officials in the interplay of the political and public relations aspects of effective leadership and management.

The attorneys at Holtz & Reed bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our municipal practice.

The municipal and governmental practice of Holtz & Reed has its roots in the 1950’s, through Norman Holtz, whose career in labor law included drafting the Massachusetts public sector collective bargaining statute.  Norman Holtz also served as a key advisor to Governor Francis W. Sargent during the prison guard strike in the early 1970’s, and served as an early commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Today, the tradition continues through Herb Holtz and Jay Sullivan, who routinely advise municipalities and government agencies on collective bargaining and municipal law matters, and Judge Nancy Holtz who, prior to serving as an Associate Justice on the Superior Court for 15 years, began her legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston Law Department and went on to provide representation in countless cases on behalf of municipal officials, police officers and municipalities.