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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


Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Waggoner Appointed Administraive Law Judge


Mark Waggoner has been appointed to serve as an Administrative Law Judge for hearing contested cases before the Certificate of Need Review Board, Alabama Health Planning and Development Agency.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Three Hand Arendall Public Finance Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA


Preston Bolt, Ginger Gaddy and Nick Greenwood were listed in the Chambers USA 2015 rankings.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Chief Judge Bowdre and Magistrate Judge Cornelius Visit Hand Arendall


Hand Arendall welcomed Chief Judge Bowdre and Magistrate Judge Cornelius for a presentation on the new procedures for Magistrate Judge referrals in the Northern District of Alabama.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Congratulations Judge Callaway


Congratulations to our former member, Judge Henry Callaway, on his investiture on May 14, 2015.

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


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

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