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Balch & Bingham LLP today announced that 106 of the firm’s attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in 2016 Best Lawyers in America®. Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which attorneys are invited to rank the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area through a survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.

In addition, eight Balch attorneys were recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year,” an honor given to a single attorney in each practice group in a designated metropolitan area. The 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” attorneys include:

BIRMINGHAM

  • Gregory P. Butrus; Government Relations Practice
  • James L. Noles, Jr.; Environmental Law
  • P. Stephen Gidiere III; Litigation – Environmental
  • R. Alan Deer; Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Timothy J. Tracy; Corporate Governance Law
  • Will Hill Tankersley, Jr.; Antitrust Law and Trademark Law 

MONTGOMERY

  • David R. Boyd; Appellate Practice
  • Dorman Walker, Employment Law – Management

Attorneys who have been listed in the directory for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years include:

  • 10 years: Scott E. Andress; S. Allen Baker, Jr.; Walter M. Beale, Jr.; M. Stanford Blanton; Michael J. Bowers; John H. Burton, Jr.; James A. Byram, Jr.; J. Foster Clark; Ricky J. Cox; Cavender C. (Chris) Kimble; Lyle D. Larson; W. Joseph McCorkle, Jr.; Steven G. McKinney; James Dartlin (Dart) Meadows; Thomas L. Penland, Jr.; J. Hobson Presley, Jr.; Alan T. Rogers; Felton W. Smith and Timothy J. Tracy
  • 15 years: James M. Edwards; H. Rodger Wilder and Teri T. Wyly
  • 20 years: H. Hampton Boles; David R. Boyd; William P. Cobb II; Ben H. Stone and Lee H. Zell
  • 25 years: Armin J. Moeller, Jr. and William H. Satterfield
  • 30 years: Michael L. Edwards and Randolph H. Lanier 

Attorneys new to the list include: Amy Davis Adams; Alexia B. Borden; Steven A. Burns; J. Russ Campbell; Thomas L. Casey III; Kathleen A. Collier; Jenelle Evans McGraw; J. Eric Getty; Richard E. Glaze, Jr.; Kim Hager; J. Thomas Longino and Leo E. Manuel

The Balch attorneys included in the 2016 guide are:

ATLANTA

  • Christopher S. Anulewicz; Appellate Practice
  • Michael J. Bowers; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • J. Michael Childers; Environmental Law
  • Richard E. Glaze, Jr.; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Environmental Law
  • James Dartlin (Dart) Meadows; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Thomas L. Penland, Jr.; Energy Law

BIRMINGHAM

  • Amy Davis Adams; Trusts and Estates
  • Matthew A. Aiken; Corporate Law, Health Care Law
  • Thomas G. Amason III; Banking and Finance Law
  • S. Allen Baker, Jr.; Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • S. Eason Balch, Jr.; Administrative / Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Government Relations Practice
  • R. Bruce Barze, Jr. ; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Environmental, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Walter M. Beale, Jr.; Corporate Law
  • M. Stanford Blanton; Energy Law, Government Relations Practice
  • H. Hampton Boles; Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • James A. Bradford; Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law
  • Charles (Chuck) A. Burkhart; Construction Law
  • Steven A. Burns; Environmental Law
  • John H. Burton, Jr.; Public Finance Law
  • Gregory P. Butrus; Energy Law, Government Relations Practice
  • J. Russ Campbell; Commercial Litigation
  • Thomas L. Casey III; Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • J. Foster Clark; Public Finance Law
  • Kathleen A. Collier; Public Finance Law
  • Gregory C. Cook; Commercial Litigation, Consumer Law Litigation – Real Estate, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • R. Alan Deer; Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Michael L. Edwards; Antitrust Law, Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation – Securities, Mediation
  • Bingham D. Edwards, Jr.; Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law
  • Allen M. Estes; Commercial Litigation
  • Jenelle R. Evans McGraw; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Rob Fowler; Environmental Law
  • J. Thomas Francis, Jr.; Public Finance Law
  • J. Eric Getty; Commercial Litigation
  • P. Stephen Gidiere III; Litigation – Environmental
  • Curt Gwathney; Public Finance Law
  • Kelly G. Gwathney; Corporate Law
  • Ed R. Haden; Appellate Practice, Energy Law
  • Kim Hager; Banking and Finance Law
  • James H. Hancock, Jr. ; Water Law
  • Christopher F. Heinss; Litigation – Insurance
  • Douglas B. Kauffman; Employment Law – Individuals, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Cavender C. (Chris) Kimble; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law, Insurance Law
  • Eric B. Langley; Energy Law
  • Randolph H. Lanier; Real Estate Law
  • Lyle D. Larson; Energy Law
  • Peter D. LeJeune; Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Debra Taylor Lewis; Banking and Finance Law
  • William D. Lineberry; Economic Development Law, Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • J. Thomas Longino; Economic Development Law, Public Finance Law
  • Dan H. McCrary; Energy Law
  • Steven G. McKinney; Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Teresa G. Minor; Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • C. Grady Moore III; Environmental Law
  • Phillip A. Nichols; Antitrust Law
  • James L. Noles, Jr.; Environmental Law
  • Kathryn J. Ottensmeyer; Public Finance Law
  • Charles B. Paterson; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • John D. Pickering; Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • J. Hobson Presley, Jr.; Public Finance Law
  • Eric T. Ray; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Jeremy L. Retherford; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Alan T. Rogers; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law
  • Monica W. Sargent; Corporate Law
  • William H. Satterfield; Environmental Law
  • Timothy J. Segers; Tax Law
  • Lisa J. Sharp; Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Government Relations Practice, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Sean W. Shirley; Commercial Litigation
  • Felton W. Smith; Real Estate Law
  • M. Jefferson Starling III; Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • S. Chris Still; Energy Law
  • Will Hill Tankersley, Jr.; Antitrust Law, Trademark Law
  • Spencer M. Taylor; Insurance Law
  • Timothy J. Tracy; Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Andrew W. Tunnell; Energy Law
  • Jesse S. Vogtle, Jr.; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Christopher L. Yeilding; Litigation – Health Care
  • Stephen A. Yoder; Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Lee H. Zell; Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Securities

GULFPORT

  • Ricky J. Cox; Energy Law
  • Paul J. Delcambre, Jr.; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Leo E. Manuel; Energy Law
  • John H. Rice; Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • Jennifer West Signs; Project Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • Ben H. Stone; Energy Law, Gaming Law
  • H. Rodger Wilder; Energy Law
  • Teri T. Wyly; Environmental Law

JACKSON

  • Scott E. Andress; Gaming Law
  • Walter H. Boone;  Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • R. Pepper Crutcher, Jr.; Copyright Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Tara P. Ellis; Gaming Law
  • Armin J. Moeller, Jr.; Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • William C. Reeves; Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • William L. Smith; Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Litigation – Real Estate
  • David M. Thomas II; Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Christian B. Waddell; Public Finance Law

JACKSONVILLE

  • Steven B. Greenhut; Real Estate Law

MONTGOMERY

  • Alexia B. Borden; Energy Regulatory Law
  • David R. Boyd; Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Education Law
  • James A. Byram, Jr.; Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Insurance Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Real Estate
  • William P. Cobb II; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Workers' Compensation Law – Employers
  • James M. Edwards; Real Estate Law
  • W. Joseph McCorkle, Jr.; Appellate Practice, Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law
  • Kelly F. Pate; Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Riley W. Roby; Trusts and Estates
  • William B. Sellers; Tax Law
  • Dorman Walker; Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Health Care Law, Labor Law – Management