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The Town of Bay Harbor Islands (the “Town”) is accepting sealed proposals from experienced and qualified attorney and / or law firms to provide a full range of municipal legal services and to serve as the Town Attorney. The Town seeks qualified law firms to serve as the legal counsel and provide all legal services traditionally provided by the Office of the Town Attorney. The Town hereby requests statement of qualifications and proposals from experienced and qualified attorneys and/or law firms to provide the full range of municipal legal services. The Town Attorney is the primary legal advisor to the Town Council and the Town Staff. The Town Attorney is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Town Council. The activities of the Town Attorney and his/her staff are coordinated through the Office of the Town Manager and the Office of the Town Clerk. The Town Attorney provides legal counsel in drafting and implementing ordinances, resolutions; renders opinions on legal issues affecting the Town; and keeps the Town Council and Town staff informed of new laws or judicial opinions that council affect the Town in any way. The Town Attorney attends regularly schedule Council meetings, Planning & Zoning Board, Special Master Hearings, and any special Council meetings called by the Town Council. As necessary, the Town Attorney may represent the Town in Court.
Qualification submittals will be considered from qualified firms whose experience includes successful work with similar services. Also, the firm must have a sufficient number of qualified staff in the applicable disciplines to complete the work in the time required and in accordance with State of Florida statutes and standards, if applicable. The primary designated attorney will have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and be licensed to practice law in Florida. A minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible legal experience in the practice of Florida municipal law is required. Experience in development/redevelopment is critical. Experience in litigation is also highly desirable. The attorney(s) other than the primary designated attorney (assistant Town attorney and attorney(s) other than the primary) must have a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience practicing Florida municipal law and representing municipal governments or other related experience. The Attorney(s) must be licensed with the State of Florida and be in good standing with the Florida Bar Association.
The firm must demonstrate:
• Experience and knowledge of local governmental and administrative law.
• Experience advising elected bodies, the Town Manager and administrative boards operating in the Florida Sunshine Law and Public Records environment.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, composure, a team-oriented philosophy, and the ability to work with a variety of diverse groups and issues.
Interested firms are required to submit their sealed proposals on or before 3:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your firm’s name and “TOWN ATTORNEY – PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SERVICES” at the following address:
Town of Bay Harbor Islands
Attention: Town Clerk
9665 Bay Harbor Terrace
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
The Town of Bay Harbor Islands reserves the right to waive any irregularities and reject any and all proposals.