Municipal Law

Sarah Mullen has served as both litigation counsel and city attorney for a number of municipalities. Sarah has defended multiple municipalities against employment discrimination claims. She has also successfully defended cities in disputes relating to planning and zoning. Recently, she successfully defended a large municipality against a civil rights lawsuit based on alleged police misconduct. She also achieved the dismissal of claims brought by taxpayers against a City, claiming the City had improperly collected a local tax. Sarah and a small group of lawyers at Lewis Rice also regularly serve as city attorney for several local municipalities. Sarah works as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Kirkwood. In that capacity, she attends City Council and commission meetings, helps draft ordinances, and assists in the development and implementation of employment policies. Sarah also served as Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Kirkwood for five years. Likewise, Sarah has assisted in the Firm's representation of the cities of Wildwood, Chesterfield, Crestwood, St. Charles, and Maplewood.

Case Studies

Dismissal of Two Class Action Lawsuits

In 2014, individual taxpayers and businesses in the City of St. Charles brought two putative class action lawsuits against the City, its officials and its City Council members, claiming the City had failed to properly collect license taxes that were designed to promote local tourism. Before the litigation proceeded into the discovery phase, Sarah Mullen and Rob Golterman successfully secured dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims for writ of mandamus and money damages at the trial level. Plaintiffs then appealed. On appeal, Sarah and Rob again defended the City, and the Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of all the plaintiffs’ claims in their entirety. Click here to read the opinion in this case.