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State and Local Government


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Hand Arendall’s State and Local Government Practice Group is experienced in representing elected officials and cities, counties, state agencies and other public corporations in the State of Alabama. In serving as special or general counsel to many such governmental bodies, the members of the Practice Group have routinely handled matters common to public entities such as the drafting and implementation of local ordinances and state legislation, contract negotiations, zoning and land use disputes, compliance with open meetings and open records laws, compliance with state ethics laws, competitive bidding procurement procedures, taxation, public finance, and the regulation of public utilities.

Representing governmental bodies on such matters naturally leads to disputes that members of the Practice Group attempt to resolve, failing which, they work closely with members of the firm’s Governmental and Regulatory Services Practice Team to litigate such disputes.

As the world economy has evolved, our lawyers have become proficient in drafting and guiding the implementation of local ordinances and state legislation required to facilitate the location and development of local business opportunities and operations. Through contract negotiations, compliance with zoning and land use rules, a knowledge of procurement procedures and a fundamental knowledge of state and local governmental processes our governmental relations attorneys advise clients in their dealings with all governmental bodies. We have experience assisting our clients with negotiating contracts with governmental bodies, securing governmental approval and funding for client projects, pursuing clients’ interests in connection with pending local and state legislation, securing local permits and favorable interpretations of local regulations, and resolving local real estate and license tax disputes.

For more information regarding the State and Local Government Practice Group, contact Practice Group Chairman Benjamin S. Goldman or any other lawyers in the Practice Group.



Firm News


Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Waggoner to Present at Spring Municipal Law Conference


Mark Waggoner will present “Lane v. Franks – Employee Protected Speech” during the Spring Municipal Law Conference on April 18, 2015 in Florence, Alabama.

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Friday, Mar 27th, 2015
Cooper Featured in Lagniappe Article


Member Lisa Cooper discusses the lawsuits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act against area restaurants with Dale Liesch in the March 26, 2015 issue.

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Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015
Bitzer and Walker Address Wage and Hour Issues


Members Windy Bitzer and George Walker addressed current Wage and Hour and Americans with Disabilities Act issues during the Mobile Chapter of the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance meeting on March 24, 2015.

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Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015
Hand Arendall Continues Demolition Program Work


Hand Arendall delivers continued results for the City of Vestavia Hills’s demolition program.

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Wednesday, Mar 11th, 2015
Waggoner to Present with Arizona Supreme Court Justice


Mark Waggoner will present with Justice Rebecca White Berch of the Arizona Supreme Court on Preparing for Oral Argument-from the Trial Court to the Supreme Court at the DRI Employment and Labor Law Seminar.

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