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More Than 100 Balch & Bingham Attorneys Named 2017 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 “Lawyer of the Year,” an honor given to a single attorney in each practice group in a designated metropolitan area. Attorneys recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” include: M. Stanford Blanton; R. Pepper Crutcher, Jr.; Cavender C. (Chris) Kimble; Kelly F. Pate; John D. Pickering; Jennifer West Signs; Dorman Walker; Christopher L. Yeilding.

Attorneys new to the Best Lawyers in America® list include: Leslie Garrett Allen; Kevin W. Beatty; Clark Cooper; and John G. Smith.

The Balch attorneys listed in 2017 edition of Best Lawyers include: 

ATLANTA 

Attorneys in the firm’s Atlanta office who are listed in Best Lawyers 2017 include:
Christopher S. Anulewicz; Appellate Practice
Michael J. Bowers; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Richard E. Glaze, Jr.; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Environmental Law
Hugh B. McNatt; Insurance Law
James Dartlin (Dart) Meadows; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Thomas L. Penland, Jr.; Energy Law

BIRMINGHAM 

Balch attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Birmingham include:
M. Stanford Blanton; Energy Law
Cavender C. (Chris) Kimble; Health Care Law
John D. Pickering; Banking and Finance Law
Christopher L. Yeilding; Litigation – ERISA

Attorneys in the firm’s Birmingham office who are listed in Best Lawyers 2017 include:
Amy Davis Adams; Trusts and Estates
Matthew A. Aiken; Corporate Law, Health Care Law
Leslie Garrett Allen; Energy Law
Thomas G. Amason III; Banking and Finance Law
S. Eason Balch, Jr.; Administrative / Regulatory Law; Energy Law, Government Relations Practice
S. Allen Baker, Jr.; Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
R. Bruce Barze, Jr.; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Environmental, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Walter M. Beale, Jr.; Corporate Law
Kevin W. Beatty; Municipal 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, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
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
Clark Cooper; Litigation – Construction 
R. Alan Deer; Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
Bingham D. Edwards, Jr.; Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law
Michael L. Edwards; Antitrust Law, Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation – Securities, Mediation
Allen M. Estes; Commercial Litigation
Rob Fowler; Environmental Law
J. Thomas Francis, Jr.; Public Finance Law
P. Stephen Gidiere III; Environmental Law; 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
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
Dan H. McCrary; Energy Law
Jenelle R. McGraw; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Steven G. McKinney; Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental
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
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 – ERISA, Litigation – Health Care, Litigation – Insurance
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

Balch attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Gulfport include:
Jennifer West Signs; Real Estate Law

Attorneys in the firm’s Gulfport office who are listed in Best Lawyers 2017 include:
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

Balch attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Jackson include:
R. Pepper Crutcher, Jr.; Copyright Law

Attorneys in the firm’s Jackson office who are listed in Best Lawyers 2017 include:
Scott E. Andress; Gaming Law
Walter H. Boone; Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, 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
Jennifer Jones Skipper; Litigation - Insurance
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
Colleen S. Welch; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

JACKSONVILLE

Attorneys in the firm’s Jacksonville office who are listed in Best Lawyers 2017 include:
Steven B. Greenhut; Real Estate Law

MONTGOMERY

Balch attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Montgomery include:
Kelly F. Pate; Litigation – Labor and Employment
Dorman Walker; Appellate Practice

Attorneys in the firm’s Montgomery office who are listed in Best Lawyers 2017 include:
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
John G. Smith; Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Dorman Walker; Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Health Care Law, Labor Law - Management

Many of the firm’s attorneys have achieved Best Lawyers recognition for an extended portion of his or her practice. Attorneys who have been listed in the directory for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years include:
30 years: Michael L. Edwards and Randolph H. Lanier.
25 years: H. Hampton Boles; Armin J. Moeller, Jr.; William H. Satterfield; and Ben H. Stone.
20 years: David R. Boyd; William P. Cobb II; and Lee H. Zell.
15 years: Walter M. Beale Jr.; Michael J. Bowers; James M. Edwards; J. Hobson Presley, Jr.; H. Rodger Wilder; and Teri T. Wyly. 
10 years: Matthew A. Aiken; Scott E. Andress; S. Allen Baker, Jr.; M. Stanford Blanton; John H. Burton, Jr.; James A. Byram, Jr.; J. Foster Clark; Ricky J. Cox; Ed R. Haden; Cavender C. (Chris) Kimble; Lyle D. Larson; W. Joseph McCorkle, Jr.; Steven G. McKinney; Hugh B. McNatt; James Dartlin (Dart) Meadows; Charles B. Paterson; Thomas L. Penland Jr.; Alan T. Rogers; Felton W. Smith; M. Jefferson Starling III; Timothy J. Tracy; and Dorman Walker.