Clients recognize that my legal experience, public service and business involvement converge to give them well-rounded, carefully considered strategies to advance their interests. My style of doing business starts with learning about the client’s goals – what do they want? Once I fully understand those objectives, I search for the path to achieve them. In collaboration with them, I devise the best and most efficient game plan and execute all the steps to accomplish their desired outcomes. But listening to the client is always the important first step.
Drawing on 25 years of government relations experience, Raymond Bell 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.
“ I get a lot of satisfaction in collaborating with my clients – whether it’s working to get a piece of legislation passed or policy reshaped, pulling together all the pieces that make a public finance deal work or helping bring an affordable housing project to fruition with the culmination of a ribbon-cutting ceremony that puts smiles on people’s faces. ”
- Faulkner University, J.D., 1998
- University of Montevallo, B.S., 1994, Political Science
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Areas of Practice
- Leadership Alabama, Class of 2013-2014
- Leadership Mobile, Class of 2013
- Best Lawyers® - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Alabama State Bar
- Mobile Bar Association
- Alabama Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Alabama State Ethics Commission
- Alabama Governor’s Transition Team
- Alabama School of Math and Science
- Mobile Pro Bono Program
- Mobile Chamber of Commerce
- Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Association
- Housing and Development Law Institute
- National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
- Steel Manufacturers Association
- Project Blueprint