William (Bill) F. Patty, Esq.
1409 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Bureau Email: email@example.com
The Legal Bureau of the Alabama Department of Transportation is staffed by Assistant Attorneys General, commissioned by the Attorney General to represent the interests of the State. The Legal Bureau advises the Director and Department on all legal matters related to department business, including representing the Director, the Department, and its employees in legal, administrative and other proceedings. The Bureau represents the Director, the Department, and its employees, both in their individual and official capacities, in state and federal courts. The cases include employment matters, state tort claims usually involving personal injuries sustained by motorists, environmental disputes associated with construction projects, contracts, trespass and encroachment of private property upon state right of way, outdoor advertising, condemnation matters as well as collection matters involving property damage. The Bureau reviews federal statutes, rules and regulations and advises the Department as to their compatibility with existing state statutes and Department policies. The Bureau recommends necessary changes to comply with federal law. In some instances, this requires drafting new or amending existing state laws.
The Bureau also examines, advises, and approves the form of contracts, right of way acquisitions, drafts various contracts and agreements, maintains liaison with the Attorney General's Office and Governor's Legal Advisor and reviews and drafts legislation that may affect the Department. The Bureau processes claims involving personal injury to private citizens or damage to their property, as well as initiates collection actions to recover for damage to Department property. The Legal Bureau represents the Department before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, State Board of Adjustment, State Personnel Department, unemployment compensation tribunals, as well as other federal and state administrative agencies, boards and tribunals.