Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield will join Burr & Forman as managing director of economic development on January 2, the law firm announced on Tuesday.

Governor Kay Ivey announced in October Canfield would be stepping down at the end of the year after 12 years in the role. Ellen McNair will be his replacement.

"Economic expansion is good for communities and good for families. I am proud of what we achieved during my time in the public sector and look forward to continuing those efforts across the Southeast in my new role at Burr & Forman," Canfield said.

According to a news release from Burr & Forman, Canfield will work with the firm's Economic Development Team, which includes lawyers across five states.

"Secretary Canfield and I have worked together for over a decade," said Burr & Forman Partner Lee Thuston. "He knows economic development — and particularly the automotive sector — inside and out. That knowledge and his leadership will be a great benefit to our clients going forward."

Canfield also served in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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