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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

  

          Representation of individuals and business entities before local, state and federal administrative agencies.

          The following are examples of our representation in this practice area:

            In a nationally recognized case, Sprague & Sprague successfully challenged the designation of a theater interior as historic and established limitations on the criteria to be considered by a municipal historical commission in its historic designations.

            In another nationally recognized case, brought after a municipality declared as historic a privately owned work of art and thereby effected a "taking" of the work of art, we established the right of the property owner to challenge the historic designation in the courts.

            When the owner of a historically certified property in an historic district learned that the construction of an incompatible condominium complex on an adjacent site had been improperly approved by various local agencies, Sprague & Sprague represented the owner in challenging the approvals, bringing appeals simultaneously before various administrative agencies and courts.

            The Firm represented clients opposed to a large downtown commercial project proposed by a public agency over neighborhood protests. The project ultimately was abandoned by the agency following our successful representation of project opponents before a local agency and Pennsylvania state courts.