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Sports Authority picks new law firm



TAMPA -- The Tampa Sports Authority is turning to a familiar face for legal representation.

The Sports Authority hired the Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell firm Monday at $125 an hour. The attorney who will work the contract for Ruden McClosky is Steve Anderson, who has served in similar roles for other governmental authorities in town.

Anderson has served as the lawyer for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Tampa Port Authority and former Hillsborough Property Appraiser Ron Alderman. In fact, at one point, he represented the latter two at the same time they were engaged in a tax dispute with each other, which brought him some attention.

A longtime political fundraiser, Anderson has had a less visible role in government in recent years. The hiring of his firm, driven by the county-appointed bloc on the Sports Authority, could represent a bit of a rebirth on that front.

Ruden McClosky replaces GrayRobinson after the same bloc pressed to have the contract put out to bid.

Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:42am]


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