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

Wednesday, Aug 31st, 2016
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Hand Arendall’s Cybersecurity Practice Group is uniquely positioned to provide a business with comprehensive counseling on cybersecurity, from overseeing an external audit to development of an effective cybersecurity program.

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Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
Hand Arendall Welcomes Four Associates

Hand Arendall is pleased to announce the recent addition of Jason Lee, Jack O'Dowd, Edward Rowe and Catherine Simon Spann to the firm.

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Monday, Jul 11th, 2016
12 Things I've Learned...appearing before the United States Supreme Court

Mark Waggoner's article for Portico Mountain Brook appears in the summer 2016 issue.

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Tuesday, Jul 5th, 2016
Walker Authors Article for ABA Newsletter

George Walker's article, Opposing Experts Witnesses appears in the Summer 2016 ABA Joint Automobile Litigation and Staff Counsel Committee Newsletter.

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Monday, Jun 27th, 2016
New Rule Imposes Reporting Requirements

The Department of Labor has adopted a new interpretation of the “persuader rule” under the Labor Management Reporting Disclosure Act of 1959.

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