The law firm of Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd. provides legal representation to the Town in the form of legal assistance and advice to the Town Council, Town Manager, Town staff, and Town boards and commissions, exclusive of the School Department* and police prosecutions*; and advocacy on behalf of the Town. The Town Solicitor is proactive, meeting with Town Officials to anticipate and avoid potential problems before they arise and tracking state policy affecting the municipality.
Responses are provided to all requests for legal advice from Town Departments, through either the department heads directly or the Town Manager. The Town Solicitor accepts service of process on behalf of the Town and defends the Town in all lawsuits not handled by the Town's insurance carrier. The Town’s legal staff also files actions on behalf of the Town where necessary for civil remedies, including enforcement actions against public nuisances and violations of all Town Ordinances.
Attorneys from the Town Solicitor’s office attend all meetings of the Town Council, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Review, as well as other Town board meetings from time to time, on an as-needed basis. The Solicitor and Special Legal Counsel also attend office hours with Town officials.
* The School Department retains legal representation independent of the Town. Attorney Terrence Simpson serves as Special Legal Counsel and represents the Town in handling criminal misdemeanor prosecutions and wayward petitions in the District and Family Courts.