Administrative Law

We provide our clients with experienced advice and representation in issues involving regulatory agencies. We review the laws and regulations, provide opinion letters, and handle hearings and adverse judgments. Examples of our administrative law practice include the following:

  • Property Tax
  • Alcohol and Gaming Permits
  • Utility Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Zoning and Land Use – see Real Estate section

Property Tax

Property taxes are a primary source of revenue for many local and state governments. We recognize that each client’s property tax situation is unique and requires a customized strategy to meet each client’s goals. We represent a variety of clients, including the representation of apartments, non-profit organizations, and commercial property owners, with their property taxation needs. This includes handling real property and business personal property assessment appeals before the county assessment boards and the Indiana Board of Tax Review as well as claiming both full and partial property tax exemptions. 

Alcohol and Gaming Permits

Gutwein Law is experienced in assisting businesses and other organizations with respect to all aspects of alcoholic beverage licensing and gaming permits before the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. We provide advice and counseling on topics including:

  • Locating and obtaining new alcohol beverage permits and licenses

  • Negotiation and drafting of agreements regarding the sale or purchase of alcohol beverage permits

  • Preparing transfer applications and renewal applications for alcohol beverage permits and gaming permits

  • Representation at hearings before local liquor boards

  • Representation at appeal hearings in the event a business has an alcohol beverage permit denied or revoked

  • Assist clients with any tax issues (or protests) before various taxing authorities

  • Negotiation and drafting of management agreements 

Utility Law

Gutwein Law provides innovative and practical solutions to our clients with their utility related needs. We look not only to resolve immediate concerns, but also take into account our clients’ “big-picture” issues to achieve a better long-term result.  We assist our clients on matters and transactions including:

  • Entity creation and structuring

  • Negotiation of construction

  • Utility supply and service agreements

  • Utility joint ventures

  • Utility mergers and acquisitions

  • Utility financing

  • Land use, real estate, right-of-way and easement acquisition

  • Condemnation transactions and proceedings

Environmental Law

Gutwein law offers a range of services covering virtually all aspects of environmental law. We take an innovative approach to solving problems and have assisted businesses, homeowners, farmers, real estate developers and other clients in compliance with environmental regulations as well as resolving environmental disputes.  Working with administrative laws as well as statutory and regulatory requirements, Gutwein Law handles matters involving the following:

  • Mining and Mineral Rights
  • Natural resources damages
  • Cleanups and remediation of all types
  • Cost recovery claims
  • Enforcement and penalty proceedings including those before EPA, IDEM, DNR, and local authorities
  • Air Permitting and Compliance
  • Wastewater and Stormwater Permitting and Compliance (including NPDES Permits)
  • Hazardous, Solid and Infectious Waste
  • Soil and Groundwater Contamination
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Wetlands and Endangered Species (including permitting and mitigation)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Natural Resources and Land Use
  • Brownfields Development
  • Environmental Management Systems and Training
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation and Handling
  • Toxic Tort and Exposure Litigation
  • Administrative Proceedings and Compliance
  • Environmental Litigation and Enforcement
  • State and Federal Cleanup Programs