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State and Local Government


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Hand Arendallís 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 firmís 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 clientsí 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.



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Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
Hand Arendall Selected as Part of 1-10 Bridge Design Team Led by Thompson Engineering


Hand Arendall is proud to be a part of the team led by Thompson Engineering that has been selected to design the I-10 Mobile Bridge and Bayway Widening project by Alabama Department of Transportation.To read more about the project, click here.

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Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
Johnston and Jones Nab FAA Approval for Drone Use


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Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015
Fox Presents to Alabama Women In Business


Kelly Thrasher Fox presented 10 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Often Make during the July 15th meeting at Hand Arendall's Birmingham office.

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Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
Bates Presents at Alabama Pharmacy Association Conference


Member Roger Bates presented "Avoid the HR Riptide" the Alabama Pharmacy Association Annual Conference in Destin, Florida on June 21, 2015.

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Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015
Bitzer and O'Rear Present False Claims Act Seminar


Windy Bitzer and Caine O'Rear presented the "False Claims Act Basics and Evolution of a FCA Claim" Seminar on June 18, 2015.

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