State and Local Government


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, Nov 10th, 2015
Walker Authors Article Regarding Legionnaires' Disease

George Walker authored the recent article “Legionnaires’ Disease: A Primer for Defense Lawyers” for the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee Newsletter. To read the article, click here.

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Friday, Sep 18th, 2015
Cate and Beckmann Obtain Defense Verdict

Congratulations to members Rod Cate and Paul Beckmann who obtained a defense verdict in a dental malpractice trial on September 18, 2015.

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Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Congratulations Ben Goldman

Member Ben Goldman was named a Rising Star Lawyer for 2015 by the Birmingham Business Journal.

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Monday, Aug 17th, 2015
30 Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America©2016

Hand Arendall LLC is pleased to announce that 30 lawyers have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

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Monday, Aug 17th, 2015
Four Hand Arendall Members Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers

J. Mark Hart, Caine O'Rear III, George M. Walker and Robert L. Williams have been selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas for 2016 by Best Lawyers®.

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