Mayor Drew Gilbert presented Benjamin Goldman’s name to the council Tuesday night. Goldman is with Hand Arendall LLC, one of the largest law firms in the state.
Gilbert cited “a more aggressive court than we’ve had previously” and increased activity resulting from a new administration and rebuilding efforts as reasons for the change.
“What we looked at was a firm to be there for us rather than an individual,” Gilbert said.
According to an online biography, Goldman has worked with more than 50 municipalities and governmental entities as well as businesses.
Goldman is currently serving as city attorney and prosecutor for Tarrant and as town attorney for Mulga.
In 2012, Goldman was named a “Top 40 Under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal and received the International Municipal Lawyer Association’s Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer of the Year Award.
Gilbert said he was counting on the city having access to not only Goldman but also other lawyers inside the Hand Arendall firm who have expertise with the various issues the city will be facing in the coming months and years.
“Especially at this point in time with all the projects that we’re pushing for, we could use having that legal advice in our back pocket at all times,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert added that Goldman has stated his desire to attend council meetings if approved.
No action was taken Tuesday night to allow the council time to meet Goldman before voting on his nomination.
Council member Bradley Grace asked what would happen to the various ordinances and other paperwork that is currently being reviewed by Guin.
Gilbert said Guin will be allowed to finish the work that he has started for the city once the transition to a new attorney is made.