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Mitchell Williams Attorneys Michele Allgood, John Bryant and Mandy Stanton Presented at the Arkansas Municipal League Municipal Finance Training

Discussing Financing Capital Improvements and Ransomeware Attacks

January 15, 2020

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR. – Attorneys Michele Allgood, John Bryant and Mandy Stanton presented today at the Arkansas Municipal League Municipal Finance Training. This training is one of the continuing education seminars offered in the League’s Voluntary Certification Program for Municipal Officials to include mayors, city administrators, city managers, city directors, council members, city clerks, city recorders and treasurers who are currently in office.

Allgood and Bryant’s presentation reviewed the procedures for financing capital improvement projects from identification to completion as well as financing through the issuance of bonds. Stanton’s presentation provided an understanding of municipal ransomware attacks, why municipalities are targets and mitigation tactics cities can take to lower cyberattack risk.

Allgood has extensive experience in all areas of municipal finance, including bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, purchaser’s counsel and borrower’s counsel. She represents state agencies, cities, counties, facility boards, and commissions in matters of capital improvement and economic development projects. Allgood has experience in taxable, tax exempt, public and private municipal finance transactions and advises clients in general corporate law, business transactions, and government relations in matters of public finance law.

Bryant practices primarily in the area of public finance, with experience in taxable and tax-exempt, and public and private finance transactions. He serves regularly in a variety of roles including bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, trustee’s counsel and borrower’s counsel. Bryant has served as lead counsel for transactions involving multiple types of issuers across the state of Arkansas and across the country.

Stanton focuses her practice on evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and data security matters. She counsels clients on incident readiness and response, structuring and implementing privacy policies and programs, data breach notification laws, information governance issues and vendor management. Stanton assists businesses with drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts to ensure responsible access, transfer and use of data and associated intellectual property. She is a former in-house counsel for an international information technology and data marketing firm. She is a Certified Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

About the Arkansas Municipal League

The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose: to act as the official representative of Arkansas cities and towns before the state and federal governments, to provide a clearinghouse for information and to offer a forum for discussion and sharing of mutual concerns.

About Mitchell Williams

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. is a full-service corporate law firm that provides strategic, comprehensive legal services to help clients achieve their goals. Established in 1954, the firm has offices in Little Rock, Rogers and Jonesboro, Arkansas and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit MitchellWilliamsLaw.com.