Ben Goldman is a member in the Law Firm of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, a full-service civil firm with offices throughout Alabama and in the panhandle of Florida. He is Chair of the Firm’s State and Local Government Practice Group, Chair of the Firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Practice Group, and a former member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Since 2001, Goldman has practiced in Birmingham as a litigator, successfully defending clients through all stages of federal and state court litigation, including trial and appeal. He has represented over 75 Alabama municipalities, utilities, development boards, and other governmental entities. Furthermore, Goldman has served as corporate counsel to local, regional, and national businesses, representing them in a broad scope of matters.
In 2020, Goldman was commended as a “Hometown Hero” by the Alabama League of Municipalities. In 2012, Goldman received the International Municipal Lawyer Association’s Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer of the Year Award as the top public lawyer under 40 in the U.S. and Canada. Among his recognitions, Goldman has been named a “Rising Star Lawyer” by the Birmingham Business Journal, a “Super Lawyer,” an “Alabama Rising Star” and “Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney” by Super Lawyers in multiple years, a 2012 “Top 40 Under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal, as one of the inaugural “Rising Stars of the Bar” by B-Metro, and as a “Top Attorney” by Birmingham Magazine. He is a recipient of The Literacy Council’s Distinguished Partner Award and the National MS Society Leadership Award. Goldman is a Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of the IADC Trial Academy hosted by Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California, and he is a graduate of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class 7.
Goldman graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Spring Hill College. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law where he was a member of the National Trial Advocacy Team, a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, a Student Bar Association Senator, and an Honor Court Justice.
In service to his community, Goldman is a member of the Birmingham Bar Foundation Board of Directors, serving as its Treasurer for 2023. Goldman is past President of the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys, a former member of the Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee, former Chair of the Birmingham Bar Association Grievance Committee, a former member of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Board of Directors, former President of the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham Board of Directors, former President of the Tarrant-Pinson Valley Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Family Promise of Birmingham Board of Directors.