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Today more than ever, the process of operating and managing a state and local government entity is complex and challenging. From creating and managing budgets that align with long-term fiscal strategy to managing operations, projects and personnel, governmental entities are charged with the task of doing more with less while continuing to protect the health, safety and welfare of their residents.

Stevens & Lee/Griffin has extensive experience serving state and local government clients in a wide variety of areas. We provide governmental bodies, including counties, cities, boroughs, townships, municipalities, school districts, local and state agencies, quasi-governmental agencies and related authorities, with services designed to help them define and address their challenges and succeed in today’s environment.

An integrated multidisciplinary platform is what sets us apart

Our multidisciplinary team includes a diverse group of professionals with unique expertise in state and local government, economic development, financial and operational advisory, infrastructure, emergency preparedness, energy, housing and transportation. Among the professionals on our integrated team are former elected or appointed public officials; a former General Counsel to the Commonwealth; two former General Counsels to the Pennsylvania Treasurer; a former leader of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican caucus; a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; a former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; three former legislative staffers; a former managing director and finance director of a Pennsylvania third class city; and a former member of the Pennsylvania Gaming Board.

Our platform is comprised of Stevens & Lee, one of the 200 largest law firms in the nation; Griffin Stevens & Lee Consulting, a state and local government revenue and operations consulting unit; Financial S&Lutions, a registered municipal financial advisory firm; Griffin Financial Group, an investment bank providing structured finance, privatization structures and asset sales advisory services; and a Pennsylvania government affairs unit, among other businesses. Our platform approach to assisting state and local governments achieve their objectives allows us to provide a broad range of integrated services to our state and local government clients.

Legal Services

Stevens & Lee has a long history of providing legal services to state and local government clients in a wide range of matters. We are thoroughly familiar with the local, state and federal statutes, regulations and case law applicable to public entities.

We have particular skill in working with state and local governments experiencing fiscal and operational distress, and have been engaged by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to serve as Act 47 coordinator for several distressed cities to assist in developing a financial restructuring plan under Pennsylvania’s Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47).

Our municipal finance attorneys have served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel and lender’s counsel in connection with the issuance of various types of municipal debt for governmental capital projects and infrastructure improvements.

In addition to public finance, among the many areas we provide counsel include:

  • Labor and Employment
  • Pension and Employee Benefits
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Environmental
  • Incentives

For a detailed description of the legal services we provide to state and local governments, please visit www.stevenslee.com.

Revenue and Operations Consulting

Griffin Stevens & Lee Consulting is a specialized state and local government consulting practice that makes the connection between what is politically feasible and what is technically necessary to resolve some of the most pressing public policy, programmatic and operational challenges facing governments.

With seasoned professionals who understand the multitude of challenges facing public sector clients, we view various economic circumstances as an opportunity to modernize government operations and innovate how services are delivered. We regularly assist state and local governments, school districts, municipal authorities, not-for-profits and other local government units in their efforts to create and maintain fiscally sustainable structures of government, transition problems into solutions and spur continuous improvement.

Our professionals have worked with governors, legislators, state agencies, counties, cities, boroughs, townships, municipal authorities, school districts, systems of higher education and economic development corporations in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Regulatory and programmatic reforms
  • Policy development
  • Drafting and enactment of state statutes
  • Intergovernmental and shared services studies
  • Financial reviews and analysis
  • Performance audits
  • Operations and management reviews
  • Organizational, technical and programmatic assessments
  • Business process reengineering
  • Identifying and restructuring funding
  • Business incentives
  • Public-private partnerships (P3)
  • Act 47 and financially distressed municipalities

We provide our clients with these consulting services through three primary practice areas:

  • Strategic initiatives (Solution development and roll-out)
  • Strategy and operations
  • Incentives, grants and loans

Financial Advisory

Financial S&Lutions provides financial advisory, swap advisory and financial management services to the state and local government sector (state agencies, counties, cities, boroughs, townships and school districts and affiliated authorities), as well as the not-for-profit health care and higher education sectors.

Our team of professionals has the experience and expertise to evaluate and provide timely, focused and innovative solutions. One of our team members previously served as Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Reading, PA, where he was responsible for all city affairs and operations. Prior to becoming Managing Director, he served as the City’s Finance Director, where he oversaw all financial activity including the accounting/treasury, purchasing, tax and budget divisions.

Specifically, we advise clients on a broad range of financial issues, including:

  • Capital planning
  • Resource allocation
  • Debt analysis
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Covenant calculations
  • Debt management and policy development
  • Debt issuance
  • Private placements

We also have significant experience in restructuring municipalities and municipal projects.

For more information on the financial advisory services we provide in the state and local government sector, visit www.fsandl.com.

Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Accounting

Griffin Financial Group is a FINRA-licensed investment bank providing state and local governments with unparalleled expertise in a broad range of strategic, financial and transactional services. Griffin provides the following services to state and local governments:

  • Structured finance
  • Structuring and modeling
  • Privatization structures
  • Fairness opinions
  • Strategic alternative studies
  • Competitive processes for sales of government assets

For more information on the services offered by Griffin Financial Group, visit www.griffinfingroup.com.

Government Affairs

Stevens & Lee/Griffin works with municipalities to protect their interests before state legislature and regulatory agencies. Our team of professionals in Harrisburg has worked closely with local government entities in assignments that were effective in obtaining either policy changes or appropriations. As an example, our team was instrumental in securing the legislation that now allows third-class counties in Pennsylvania to levy a local hotel tax to help fund convention centers and promote tourism.