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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, Jul 15th, 2014
Hand Arendall Attorneys Attend Farnborough Airshow


Members Roger Bates, Preston Bolt and Caine O’Rear were part of the team that attended the Farnborough International Airshow to again promote Alabama to businesses.

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Thursday, Jun 19th, 2014
Waggoner and Morgan Appear Before U.S. Supreme Court


Mark Waggoner and Jennifer Morgan recently represented a former college president, Dr. Steve Franks, in a First Amendment case before the United States Supreme Court.

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Saturday, Jun 7th, 2014
Hand Arendall Participates in The FUSE Project Dragon Boat Race


Hand Arendall finished 13th out of 28 teams in the first annual dragon boat race festival.

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Wednesday, Jun 4th, 2014
Hand Arendall Attorney Honored by Alabama State Bar


Congratulations to our Member T. Massey Bedsole (1917-2001) for being named to the Alabama State Bar Lawyers’ Hall of Fame.

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Friday, May 30th, 2014
Roger Bates to Present at Alabama Pharmacy Association Convention


Roger Bates will present Medicaid Regional Care Organizations during the convention in Point Clear on June 8, 2014.

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