Drawing on 25 years of government relations experience, Raymond L. Bell Jr. counsels both public and private sector clients across a wide spectrum of industries and is uniquely positioned to work with elected and appointed officials and regulatory and policy personnel within local, state and federal government.
In addition to his government relations practice, Raymond also provides counsel to public entities and advises clients on public finance, economic development, energy and affordable housing issues. He also serves as a litigator and a civil litigation mediator.
Often tapping his wide network of personal and professional relationships, Raymond stays abreast of issues that affect or may affect his clients. He understands the concerns and needs of clients in each of the areas in which he practices.
Raymond has vast investment banking experience having worked in public finance arena helping cities, counties, states, authorities, governmental agencies and not-for-profit corporations. Consequently, he understands both the legal and finance sides of public finance.
Clients say they value Raymond’s ability to help transform an economic development concept into a completed project, positioning it for future expansion. Energy industry leaders turn to Raymond for his deep knowledge base in handling regulatory, business and community matters, knowing that he always keeps his finger on the pulse of the energy regulatory arena.
Additionally, he helps clients structure mixed-use, traditional and workforce housing using traditional, bond, tax credit and other financing tools. As a former chair, vice-chair and member of the State of Alabama Ethics Commission, Raymond became immersed in the contours and complexities of public disclosure laws, regulatory requirements and other matters.
His clients often call him to talk about the issues within these statutes and regulations and their implications. Raymond serves as a Special District Court Judge for Alabama’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, a role he’s performed when needed for more than a decade.
His many interactions with the judicial system greatly benefit clients because he knows judges and their individual propensities and protocols in presiding over a courtroom.
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