The Alabama Bar Association will take “no further action” against the Planning Commission attorney accused of a “conflict of interests” by a group of local residents.
Semmes resident Thayer Dodd filed a complaint last month against Doug Anderson claiming he had ties to a company often discussed in Planning Commission business and failed to recuse himself.
In a letter to Anderson and Dodd, Carol A. Wright, an investigator and paralegal in the office of general counsel for the Alabama Bar Association wrote the complaint filed by Thayer Dodd and Anderson’s response had been reviewed, but no further action would be taken.
“This is, of course, the result I expected, and I am grateful to the State Bar Association for their prompt attention to this matter,” Anderson wrote in an email message Monday.”I have spent the last thirty years building a law practice in my hometown, and my reputation is of upmost [sic] importance to me. It is sad that a group of citizens with an agenda that includes trying to shut down all industry in the Port of Mobile will stoop to filing complaints against people involved in the process simply to achieve their goal.”
The original complaint claimed Anderson failed to recuse himself from discussion of the tanker issue despite having had a relationship with Gulf Coast Asphalt Company, which is now a subsidiary of Arc Terminals.
The complaint stated that in 2012, Burr Forman, the firm employing Anderson and city attorney Ricardo Woods, defended GCAC in a lawsuit filed by Cooper Marine & Timberlands. Anderson also represented GCAC at a 2010 Planning Commission meeting, according to the complaint.
In addition, the complaint stated that Anderson was listed as the agent for Arc Terminals Mobile Holdings, LLC in Alabama and Delaware. Anderson was also listed as the agent during Arc Terminals Mobile Holdings’ February 2013 acquisition of GCAC assets. He was then switched to GCAC’s agent in April 2013 and remains so today, the complaint reads.
Anderson said neither he nor his firm currently have a business relationship with either company and haven’t since he was appointed as Planning Commission attorney. As proof, he said he and Woods represented the city in a complaint against Arc for the undisclosed storage of sulfuric acid in riverside tanks.
A similar complaint was filed by Dodd to the Alabama Ethics Commission at the same time. The status of that complaint are currently unknown. An email to Hugh Evans, Ethics Commission general counsel hasn’t been returned. This post will be updated if more information is gathered.
“I expect Jay Watkins to receive a similar result from the State Ethics Commission,” Anderson wrote.
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