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Harrison Sale McCloy represents and advises businesses and individuals throughout Northwest Florida. Our offices are in Panama City, the heart of Florida’s Panhandle, Santa Rosa Beach in Redfish Village on Scenic Highway 30A and in Destin, Florida in the Mid-Bay Bridge Business District. We are one of the area’s largest law firms and represent many of the area’s largest employers & governmental entities.


Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

On March 28, 2018, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018, making Alabama the fiftieth state to enact such legislation into law. Earlier in March, South Dakota enacted a similar law, making Alabama the only state in the country, until now, without a mandatory notification law following a data breach. The Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018 (“the Act”) is similar to several other states’ mandatory notification laws. The Act becomes effective June 1, 2018. Some of the key provisions of the Act include the following:  

  • The Act defines “sensitive personally identifying information” (“PII”) to include specific combinations of an Alabama resident’s name and other personal information such as a social security number, driver’s license number, personal medical information, certain financial account information, and even certain electronic information like a username and password. The Act specifically defines what information is considered sensitive PII governed by the Act.
  • The Act applies to any “covered entity”, which is defined to include any business entity, governmental entity, nonprofit, trust, estate, or association that acquires or uses sensitive PII.
  • The Act also applies to a third-party agent of a covered entity that is responsible for maintaining, storing, or accessing sensitive PII. These third-party agents must notify a covered entity within ten (10) days of discovery of a suspected breach, and must cooperate with the covered entity to facilitate any mandatory disclosure under the Act. Failure of the third-party agent to comply with the obligations of the Act may subject the third-party agent to penalties.
  • Each covered entity and third-party agent must implement and maintain “reasonable security measures” to protect sensitive PII from a potential breach.
  • If a breach has occurred or is suspected to have occurred, “a good faith and prompt investigation” must occur to determine if sensitive PII “has been acquired or is reasonably believed to have been acquired by an unauthorized person, and is reasonably likely to cause substantial harm to the individuals to whom the information relates.”
  • If the notification requirement is triggered, the Act sets forth certain mandatory obligations with deadlines and exceptions for notification of the affected individuals. Subject to certain exceptions, notification must be made within forty-five (45) days of the discovery of the breach. Additional requirements apply to a breach involving more than one thousand (1,000) individuals’ PII.
  • Violation of the notification requirements of the Act does not constitute a criminal offense and does not establish a private civil cause of action. Under the Act, the Alabama Attorney General has the exclusive authority to bring an action for civil penalties, and the Attorney General can recover actual damages for individuals, plus reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.
  • A violation of the notification provision of the Act can result in a civil penalty of $5,000 per day for every day the party fails to comply with the notice provisions of the Act. A knowing violation of the notification provisions of the Act can result in penalties up to $500,000 per breach.
  • The Act requires a covered entity or third-party agent to take “reasonable measures” to dispose of records containing sensitive PII when the records are no longer required to be retained pursuant to applicable law.

Members of the Hand Arendall Harrison Sale cybersecurity practice group can advise on the implementation of “reasonable security measures” to avoid a data breach, and ensure “reasonable measures” are in place to dispose of records containing sensitive PII. We can also assist in the investigation of a suspected breach, provide legal advice on whether notification is required, and make other recommendations related to compliance with the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018. 

If you have any questions about the Act, or would like information about Hand Arendall Harrison Sale’s cybersecurity flat fee packages, please contact Christopher S. Williams

Click here for a printable version of the alert. 



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Leslie Sheekley Adds Depth to Firm’s Practice Areas of Business Law and Association Law

Northwest, FL (April 9, 2018)-Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC is pleased to announce the recent addition of Attorney Leslie Sheekley to practice in the areas of business and commercial disputes, contract negotiation and litigation, and community association representation.  

"We are delighted to have Leslie join our team,” said Franklin Harrison, managing lawyer of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC Florida,  “She is a talented attorney.  Her diverse experience and skills will bring additional depth to our firm’s ability to assist clients in navigating legal matters throughout our region.” 

Board Certification in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar is the highest level recognition of competency in one or more of the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Florida Supreme Court.  Sheekley is recognized as a board certified business litigation attorney by the state and she is “AV Preeminent” rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubble which is based upon endorsements of colleagues in the area of professional conduct, ethics and ability. 

She has extensive trial experience in many areas of law including insurance defense, contract and business litigation and injunction actions.  

“Hand Arendall Harrison Sale affords me a platform for the expansion of my practice, “ said Sheekley. “Through my past interactions with the attorneys of the firm, I was impressed with the professionalism of the attorneys and their sense of value.”

Licensed to practice in Florida since 1985, Sheekley graduated from the University of Florida, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 1982 and her Juris Doctor in 1985.


About Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, HAHS LLC, was the result of a merger of two law firms in January 2018.  The two firms, Hand Arendall LLC and Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys at Law, merged which resulted in one of the largest regional law practices with offices along the coast of Northwest Florida and throughout the state of Alabama.  Since the start, HAHS LLC has maintained a fundamental commitment to providing quality legal services.  Cases and projects are staffed with the goal of achieving success for the client with maximum efficiency.  With offices in Athens, Birmingham, Mobile, and Fairhope Alabama and Florida offices in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and Panama City, the firm is uniquely situated among the Southeast's major law firms to provide legal direction to clients throughout Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.  For more information, HSMcLaw.com

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Mobile, AL – December 13, 2017 – Hand Arendall LLC and Harrison Sale McCloy Attorneys at Law are pleased to announce that the two firms have agreed to combine effective January 1, 2018 to become Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC. This strategic combination brings together two firms deeply invested in the communities they serve, and will result in a southern, regional law firm that meets the goals of both firms’ growth strategies and will allow them to continue to provide high quality legal services, with greater depth and a broader range of services within one firm, to clients throughout the Gulf Coast in Alabama, Northwest Florida and Mississippi.

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC will have approximately 85 lawyers across the southern region.  This combination gives clients access to lawyers in the Alabama offices in Mobile, Birmingham, Fairhope and Athens and Northwest Florida offices in Panama City, Destin and Santa Rosa Beach.  Roger Bates, Hand Arendall LLC’s Managing Lawyer, has been named to serve as the Managing Lawyer of the new firm and Franklin Harrison, a founding partner of Harrison Sale McCloy, will join the firm’s executive committee and serve as the Florida office Managing Lawyer.

Bates said, “I’m so pleased for our firm to be combining with Harrison Sale McCloy’s talented group of lawyers. In joining our firms together, we have renewed Hand Arendall’s more than 75-year commitment to clients across the Gulf Coast and together we have strengthened our experience in all practice areas across the firm.” 

When the firms began talks in early 2017, they quickly identified synergies, common cultures and complementary philosophies in serving clients, along with common strategic growth goals. Harrison discussed how this combination is a result of many months of discussions and shared what the expansion means to the firms’ clients.

“Both firms, Harrison Sale McCloy and Hand Arendall, have a long history of placing the needs of our clients first.  We are excited about the broad base of experience and expertise that will now be available to our clients and their clients through this merger,” said Harrison. “In a dynamic and ever developing legal industry, we made a strategic decision to continue to expand westward from our original office in Panama City four years ago.  Hand Arendall was strategically exploring an eastward expansion along the Gulf Coast.  After initial meetings and several interviews, we decided to team with Hand Arendall forming a new firm of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale.  It is an exciting next step in the strategic growth plan of both firms.”

In commenting on the combination, Doug Sale, a Harrison Sale McCloy founding partner stated, “Hand Arendall’s strengths complement our specialties just as our strengths complement their specialties. This merger provides the clients of both firms a broader depth of representation. We could not be more pleased and excited about our future.”

Preston Bolt, Managing Lawyer of the firm’s Mobile office said, “The joining together of the firms will continue the long-standing tradition of both firms in the communities we live and work in. We look forward to working together for our client’s best interests for many years to come.”

The complementary practices of the two firms was also a key factor in the two firms joining together to become Hand Arendall Harrison Sale. The firms’ clients demand and deserve cost effective, efficient and high quality legal services.  This combination will promote these client expectations by providing them access to the significant experience both firms’ lawyers have in representing businesses and governmental entities in areas including real estate, business and development transactions, health care, economic development, commercial litigation, public finance, education and employment issues, among others.

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Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Presents Douglas J. Sale with Lifetime Distinguished Service Award

Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Presents Douglas J. Sale with Lifetime Distinguished Service Award

Former Panama City Beach City Attorney Honored with Claude L. Mullis Lifetime Distinguished Service Award

Douglas “Doug” J. Sale, former city attorney for the City of Panama City Beach, has been honored with the Claude L. Mullis Lifetime Distinguished Service Award by the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA).

“Doug has devoted a lifetime to the practice of municipal law, has spent untold hours providing legal counsel to city officials and his colleagues, lectured repeatedly and written numerous articles on municipal law,” said Florida League of Cities General Counsel Chip Morrison. “He has given tirelessly and unselfishly to his community and to Florida’s municipal community. Doug exemplifies the reasons this award was created.”

This award, which is given to an attorney whose achievements and dedication to the field of municipal law are extraordinary, recognizes a lifetime of significant achievements and distinguished service in this field. There have only been nine recipients of this award during the past 18 years, including its inaugural recipient, the late Claude L. Mullis in 1999.

This honor is only bestowed upon an outstanding municipal lawyer who has demonstrated integrity and honesty throughout his career, has achieved significant career success and has reflected the basic values of those who have excelled in the practice of municipal law. 

“I worked side by side with Doug for 18 years while serving as mayor and we attended many local, regional and state government meetings. Doug was always completely prepared. He was very involved and his guidance was instrumental in bringing Panama City Beach from a little sleepy village to a world class resort,” said Philip Griffitts, former mayor of Panama City Beach. “Many ordinances had to be redone or created and they were done by a man that cares. As our city attorney for over 35 years, Doug has been invaluable in shaping our coastal city into one that residents and tourists are proud of and love. He is well-liked and respected.”

Sale served as the city attorney for the City of Panama City Beach from 1981 until 2016 and is a founding partner of the Harrison Sale McCloy law firm. His primary areas of practice are local government, public finance, and land use law. Sale also serves as general counsel for the Panama City Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Bay County Tourist Development Council and the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. He was named FMAA Attorney of the Year in 1999 and is a past president of the association.

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The Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) was formally organized during late 1981, and adopted its constitution in May of 1982. Its membership consists of over 600 attorneys who specialize in the legal representation of municipalities. These members include full-time and part-time city attorneys and their assistant city attorneys as well as attorneys who engage in private practice and who render specialized legal representation to municipalities (e.g. labor lawyers, bond attorneys, civil rights attorneys, and environmental and land-use attorneys). For more information, visit www.fmaa.us.

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