On November 15, the Winona City Council appointed attorney/shareholder Chris Hood to serve as its new city attorney following the retirement of current city attorney Richard Blahnik. Flaherty & Hood was chosen among three finalists interviewed by the City Council in October.

Flaherty & Hood has served the City of Winona in various legal and legislative capacities for many years, with Chris Hood having served as special project counsel for the city on numerous municipal matters for over 17 years. In this expanded role as city attorney, Chris, along with the other attorneys at Flaherty & Hood, will build on their experience with the city by continuing to develop positive working relationships with elected city officials and staff while providing high quality and affordable legal services in such areas as public labor and employment, economic development, land use, real estate, litigation and criminal prosecution, among others.

To better serve the City of Winona and cities across the southeast region of the state, Flaherty & Hood will also be opening a regional office in Winona commencing January 1, 2011. This new location creates an exciting opportunity for the firm to make a network of highly regarded and cost-effective legal, legislative and public relations resources available to our southeast municipal clients.