Experienced Legal Counsel In Iowa Governmental Law
Alan R. Ostergren, P.C., represents those facing a wide range of legal disputes, including:
- Disputes involving governmental bodies
- Disputes that require internal investigations within organizations accused of misconduct
- Other civil legal disputes
- Public Records And Open Meetings
Iowa law requires the local government to conduct much of its business in the open for the public to see. The law in this area is complex – not only must one understand the statutes but also the court decisions which have interpreted those statutes.
“Unfortunately it is difficult for Iowans to always keep track of what their local governments are doing. In an era where local newspapers are shrinking, it is sometimes left to individuals to make sure that their local governments (which spend a majority of their tax dollars) are doing what they are supposed to do. The law gives anyone the right to go to court when a local government has wrongly refused to produce records or conducts public business in secret without a legal reason to do so.” – Alan
Alan has extensive experience in holding elected officials accountable, by helping to unearth hard-to-find public records as well as nonpublic records when relevant to a particular case. He also represents government agencies in need of representation when accused of malfeasance or other legal violations.
Individuals and businesses face many complex rules imposed by administrative agencies. These agencies don’t just decide what the rules are — they decide if you have violated those rules and can impose hefty penalties for violations.
“Most people don’t understand how much administrative law affects their daily life. Almost every good or service we buy or sell touches administrative law. It is very important to understand that when an administrative agency decides that an individual or business has broken a regulation, it can be just as serious as being charged with a crime.
It is vital to have legal representation early in the process – don’t think that you can wait to hire an attorney for when you are in front of a ‘real’ court. By the time you get to a real court, it may be too late to challenge what the agency has done.” – Alan
Alan has provided legal advice to federal and state candidates. Called a “GOP superlawyer” by one prominent campaign consultant, he is available to assist candidates and their campaigns at the intersection of law, policy, and communications.
Elections And Campaigns
Public officials and candidates for public office live in a highly regulated environment. The law governing elections and campaigns is very complex. Even minor violations can have significant harm to the reputation of an officeholder or candidate.
“It seems that every election cycle is a harder fight than the last one. In an environment where ‘gotcha’ tactics are commonly employed, it is important that office holders and candidates work hard to maintain compliance with the law and regulations that govern how they conduct themselves.” – Alan
Political campaigns exhibit some qualities of private organizations and other qualities that more closely resemble a public agency. Because Alan has extensive experience working with both, he is uniquely poised to assist in legal matters involving campaign organizations.
Contact Alan For Help With Your Government-Related Legal Matter
Alan R. Ostergren, P.C., has deep experience in litigation involving governmental bodies. To learn more about exactly how he can help in your legal dispute, you can meet with him by phone or in his Des Moines office. To schedule a consultation, call 515-207-0134 or reach the office by online form.