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Municipal Law

Last updated on August 16, 2022

BHBC offers one of the largest municipal law practice groups in the state of Alaska. We have successfully represented local Alaska governments in all regions of the state since 1971. We focus solely on helping our municipal clients successfully maneuver through legal complexities and governmental mandates within the limitations of the Alaska Constitution and Title 29 of the Alaska Statutes.

In addition to serving as general counsel to home rule and general law municipalities, we also provide specialized legal services to local governments regarding labor and employment law, collective bargaining, PERS retirement issues, port and harbor issues, public finance and municipal bonds, local sales, use and property taxes, land acquisition and development, land use regulation, public bidding (procurement) and contract negotiations, litigation defense at every level of state and federal courts, administrative appeals, and other legal matters. The firm drafts and provides advice on statutes, ordinances and regulations to meet the diverse needs of each community we serve. We also assist in the formation and organization of special districts and other types of municipal organizations, including incorporation and annexation.

BHBC also provides government affairs representation to state, local and Tribal government entities through our offices in Anchorage and Washington, D.C. In 1975, opened an office in Washington, D.C., where BHBC attorneys provide specialized assistance to Alaskan local governments, individuals and companies in addition to clients on a nationwide basis with advocacy and navigating federal legal, policy, regulatory, administrative and legislative issues. BHBC has assisted government entities in navigating federal legal, policy, regulatory and legislative issues. Several of the firm’s attorneys in the Anchorage and Washington offices have worked on Capitol Hill and in senior capacities in federal agencies. The BHBC Washington, D.C., team understands the process and functions of the federal government and uses this experience to guide clients through the maze of federal bureaucracy.

If your community needs an effective partner to assist you with your legal needs, BHBC is uniquely positioned to provide the support you need.


Holly C. Wells
William A. Earnhart
Shane C. Coffey