Rays count on heavy hitting lawyer to deliver stadium - 2008-06-10
In politics, Armstrong sizes up potential candidates and opens the donation floodgates when he likes what he sees.
His chief clients have been powerful development interests. But in 1999, he took on a client that raised some eyebrows: the Church of Scientology. It was not to do legal work, but to help the church make connections and become more accepted in Clearwater.
His services aren't cheap. Lou Kwall, another well-known Clearwater attorney, said for a job like representing the Rays, Armstrong charges $400 to $600 an hour. Armstrong wouldn't confirm or deny that range.