November 26, 2012
Balch & Bingham LLP Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a Highly Recommended Firm, Attorneys Named Local and Future Litigation Stars
Balch & Bingham LLP today announced its recognition by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “highly recommended” firm in Alabama. In addition, six of the firm’s attorneys from the Birmingham office, S. Allen Baker, Jr., Charles A. Burkhart, J. Russ Campbell, Michael L. Edwards, Eric Langley and Alan T. Rogers, are listed as “Local Litigation Stars” with R. Bruce Barze, Jr., and Clark Cooper listed as “Future Stars.”
Benchmark Litigation is the only publication to focus exclusively on litigation in the United States. The guide's results are the culmination of a six-month research period that allows researchers to conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. Firms in each state are divided into "highly recommended" and "recommended" categories. The "highly recommended" firms received the most mentions, and were held as dominant in their respective jurisdictions.
LOCAL LITIGATION STARS
S. Allen Baker, Jr. is a partner in the firm's Products Liability & Casualty Litigation Practice Group and serves as General Counsel to the firm. For the last 30 years, Baker's practice has focused on the defense of personal injury and death cases arising out of product liability, negligence, and toxic and environmental torts.
Charles A. Burkhart is a partner in the firm's Litigation Section. He serves as the firm's hiring partner and is a member of the Executive Committee. His practice includes construction litigation, product liability, electrical injury, death litigation and flood litigation.
Russ Campbell is the chairman of the firm’s Litigation Section. Campbell also is the founding partner of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment Practice. His practice includes energy and utility litigation, commercial litigation, products liability and casualty and sports and entertainment.
Michael L. Edwards is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Section and is a past chair of the section. He is also a founding member of the firm's Diversity Committee. His practice includes business litigation, products liability, trademark, patent, trade secret, and computer litigation.
Eric Langley is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Section, and the leader of the firm's Joint Use and Energy Litigation Focus Team. His practice includes joint use, commercial, banking, energy and class action litigation.
Alan T. Rogers is Balch & Bingham’s managing partner and serves as chairman of the firm's Executive Committee. He previously chaired the firm's Litigation Section for 12 years. As a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he has substantial experience presenting cases to juries, judges, arbitrators and appellate courts. Rogers has handled disputes involving shareholders, directors, corporate officers, commercial contracts, regulatory governance and other issues.
R. Bruce Barze, Jr. is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Section. During eighteen years of law practice, Barze has tried cases and managed litigation involving environmental claims, product liability, and other casualty matters. He has significant experience defending high exposure personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
Clark Cooper is a partner in the Creditors Rights & Bankruptcy Practice Group and Litigation Section. Cooper has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters including creditor and lender rights, matters and concerns, construction disputes, class actions, fraud claims and significant insurance claim cases. Cooper has also litigated cases involving significant personal injury and wrongful death.