Burr & Forman Attorney Appointed to Economic Development Leadership Role

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Orlando, FL. - Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce that Orlando counsel Brian Watson has been named to the board of directors for the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to attracting, retaining and growing jobs in the region. Watson brings his leadership experience in public-private partnership development and implementation to support the board.

"As a leader in the firm's economic development practice, Brian is passionate about helping businesses flourish in Central Florida and throughout the state," said Jim Pratt, managing partner of Burr & Forman's Orlando office. "Burr & Forman has been a long-time supporter of the Orlando EDC, as the firm plays a key role in economic development initiatives across our Southeastern footprint. I am confident that Brian's experience helping businesses locate to or expand in Central Florida, coupled with his commitment to our community, will greatly advance the Orlando EDC's mission of continued economic growth across industries."

The Orlando EDC is comprised of a wide range of business development professionals who assist businesses considering relocation or expansion in Central Florida by providing a variety of services, including confidential project management assistance, site selection assistance, in-depth market data, regional networking, financial and entrepreneurial resources, workforce recruitment and training, and permitting assistance. The EDC serves Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando.

"Our EDC board of directors play a critical role in the advancement of our mission to attract, retain and grow jobs for the Orlando region," said Rick Weddle, Orlando EDC president and chief executive officer. "Brian's proven leadership, energy and expertise will be an asset to our organization as we work collectively to fulfill our vision for a greater future for our economy and community."

At Burr & Forman, Brian focuses on representing issuers, financial institutions, underwriters and investors in connection with the public and private offering of municipal securities. His experience extends to dealing in disclosure due diligence and preparation of securities disclosure documents for numerous bond transactions. In addition, Brian works with clients on securities matters in the areas of private offerings and debt and equity securities, as well as mergers and acquisitions, including buy-side and sell-side representation for stock sales and asset sales.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida, and his law degree from Stetson University's College of Law.

About Burr & Forman LLP
For over a century, Burr & Forman LLP's experienced legal team has served clients with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. A Southeast regional firm with nearly 300 attorneys and nine offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Burr & Forman attorneys draw from a diverse range of resources to help clients achieve their goals and address their complex legal needs. For more information, visit the firm's website at www.burr.com.

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