Special to the
Opelika Observer

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of local attorney Ben C. Hand as one of Alabama’s 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction for 2016.
Hand earned a Bacholer’s degree in Business Management from Auburn University and a Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law. He is the winner of various “Who’s Who” awards, was Lee County Republican of the Year for 2001 and a Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990. He founded Hand, Fellows and Associates law firm and is the founding member of the board of directors of Beacon University in Columbus, Ga. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia.
Hand currently represents 32 different non-profit organizations in Alabama, Georgia. Tennessee and Texas. He is legal advisor to 75  small businesses and corporations. He is also a municipal judge for the cities of Opelika and Wedowee.
The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 criminal law attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOCLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOCLA’s independent evaluation.
AIOCLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOCLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of criminal law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.