BRADENTON, Fla. — Jefferson County, Ala., on Tuesday hired a national bankruptcy law firm to help determine whether to proceed with the largest Chapter 9 filing ever in the United States.

County commissioners engaged Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP as legal counsel and planned Thursday to discuss strategies, including filing for bankruptcy, Many of the firm’s attorneys worked on the bankruptcy of Orange County, Calif., in 1994.

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