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C. Britton Bonner

Economic Development Team Leader
Economic Development

P 334.557.7065
F 251.438.7733

Britton Bonner first joined Adams and Reese as a law clerk in 1999 and now serves as the leader of the firm’s Economic Development Practice Team.

Britton practices at the intersection of government and business. He focuses on business growth, governmental affairs, and economic development, and has an area of expertise that encompasses a wide range of practice matters, including: manufacturing, state and federal governmental relations, public finance and local, state and federal incentives, aviation and aerospace, maritime and complex commercial matters. In the last few years alone, Britton has handled projects that represent over a billion dollars in capital investment in the southeastern United States.

Britton's representative matters and honors include:

  • Served as the Partner in Charge of the Mobile office from 2013-2017.
  • Serving as the lead negotiator for economic development projects involving significant foreign direct investments by multiple companies based in both Europe and Asia.
  • Creating and implementing cooperative and other statutory improvement and special tax districts for manufacturing, retail and commercial projects, as well as industrial development sites.
  • Creating and implementing downtown historic districts for preservation purposes and tax improvement districts for economic growth initiatives.
  • Negotiating all aspects of economic development projects from inception to final construction.
  • Leading multiple trade delegations to countries throughout Europe and Asia with a focus on furthering the growth of the aerospace manufacturing and ship building sectors of the local economies in the southeastern United States.
  • Representing client interests in state capitals and in Washington, DC.
  • Regularly appearing before municipal, county, state and federal legislative, executive and regulatory bodies on behalf of both public entities and private business clients.
  • Regularly representing municipalities, governmental agencies and boards in all aspects of daily operations and economic development efforts.

As a result of his work for both small and large businesses, for several years Britton was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine in the areas of Business and Corporate Law, Governmental Relations and Real Estate. He has also been rated as "Preeminent" by the Martindale-Hubbell Client Review System and named as a “40 Under 40” by Mobile Bay Magazine.

Britton is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts within Alabama, Louisiana and the District of Columbia, as well as the Fifth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Britton has always been active in community causes dating back to his days at Foley High School. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Baldwin County. Britton currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Coastal Alabama Partnership, and as Vice-Chairman for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a former Chairman of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, and Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County. Britton is also a past President of the Mobile Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a former Vice-Chairman of the Baldwin County Republican Party, and is a past President of the Southwest Alabama Chapter of the Troy Alumni Association. Britton is also a former member of and served a four-year term on the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, The District of Columbia Bar Association, the Baldwin County Bar Association, the Mobile County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Paul W. Brock Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Britton was born in Mobile, Alabama, and received a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from Troy University in 1996. While at Troy, he was a member of the Troy Trojans football team, and was a member of ODK, Mortar Board, and Phi Alpha Theta. Britton served as a graduate teaching assistant while pursuing a Masters degree from the University of Alabama. He received his J.D. with honors from Tulane University School of Law in 2000.