Raymond's Profile

Raymond is a Shareholder in Maynard Cooper's Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group. He works from the Firm's Mobile and Montgomery offices.

Drawing on 25 years of government relations experience, Raymond 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, he also provides counsel to public entities and advises clients on public finance, economic development, energy, and affordable housing issues.

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 his clients in each of the areas in which he practices.

Raymond has vast investment banking experience, having worked in the 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. Raymond assists clients in transforming an economic development concept into a completed project and positioning it for future expansion. He is also well versed in the Energy industry and has a deep knowledge base for handling regulatory, business, and community matters.

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 Ethic Commission, Raymond became immersed in the contours and complexities of public disclosure laws, regulatory requirements, and other matters. He 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.

Raymond's Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law and Worker’s Compensation Law-Employers (2012-present); Government Relations Practice (2021)

Raymond's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • 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 Chamber of Commerce
  • Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Association
  • Housing and Development Law Institute
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
  • Project Blueprint

Civic Involvement

  • Leadership Alabama, Class of 2013-2014
  • Leadership Mobile, Class of 2013

Raymond's Speaking Engagements

  • July 18, 2019: Panelist for "What Litigators Want in a Mediator" - Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting

Bar Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

Education
  • Faulkner University
    • (1998, J.D.)
  • University of Montevallo
    • (1994, B.S., Political Science)

Friday, May 7, 2021

2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE WEEK 14

Overview The 28th and 29th legislative days of the 2021 Regular Session, not surprisingly, were the longest and most contentious of the year. One final legislative day remains before the Alabama Legislature adjourns the session for good, after which legislators will return to Montgomery either when Governor Ivey calls...

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Friday, April 30, 2021

2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE WEEK 13

OVERVIEW The Alabama Legislature met for two legislative days this week, Tuesday and Thursday, and held numerous committee meetings on Wednesday. By all accounts, it was a productive, non-controversial week in the Alabama State House. But with several big-ticket items remaining, and only three legislative days left in session, next...

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Friday, April 23, 2021

2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE WEEK 12

Overview The 2021 Regular Session is quickly winding down. Legislators met for two legislative days – Tuesday and Thursday – during the 12th week of the 2021 Regular Legislative Session and have now completed 25 of the session’s 30 legislative days. Since it takes a minimum of five legislative days...

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