Erie County Picks Firm for Bills Lease Talks

10:32 AM, Mar 11, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Erie County has selected the law firm that will represent tax payers in stadium lease negotiations with the Buffalo Bills.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz has selected Nixon Peabody, LLC to serve as outside counsel.  The firm is well versed on stadium negotiations and has worked with 10 NFL teams.

"I am proud to announce that we have selected Nixon Peabody LLP to serve as the County's special counsel during the upcoming stadium lease negotiations with the Buffalo Bills.  We were impressed by Nixon Peabody's tremendous amount of experience in these sorts of negotiations, including work on ten previous NFL stadiums.  Also, in addition to having a significant local presence, Nixon Peabody represented Erie County once before in the development, financing and leasing of the now-First Niagara Center.  I promised to assemble the best team possible, not only to successfully negotiate a lease agreement but also to strike a fair deal for County taxpayers.  I support the County Attorney's decision, after consultation with the selection committee, in selecting Nixon Peabody, and I believe this selection fulfills our promise," said Poloncarz.

The Bills lease with Erie County expires after this season and they're expected to ask for stadium improvements that could total as much as $100 million.



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