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Education
  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    J.D., 2010,

    summa cum laude; Alabama Law Review, Articles Editor and Member of the Managing Board; John A. Campbell Moot Court Board; National Moot Court Competition Team; Student Honor Court, Chief Justice; Order of the Coif; M. Leigh Harrison Award; Hugo Black Scholar

  • The University of Alabama
    B.A., Philosophy, 2007, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2010
About Chase
Chase has argued motions in state court and sat second chair at trial, drafted successful dispositive motions in nationwide class actions in federal court, argued before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and helped draft a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
Q&A
  • What types of clients do you represent?
    In the area of Financial Services Litigation, my clients are primarily banks and debt buyers. For appellate matters, my clients range from electric utilities to estate administrators, and a little bit of everything in between.
  • What type of matters do you work on most often?
    Most often, I work on cases involving claims under consumer protection statutes, such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), both at the trial court level and on appeal. Recently, my practice has involved primarily bankruptcy-related litigation. 
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
MORE ABOUT Chase
  • Nationwide defense of bankruptcy-related FDCPA claims: Successfully represented debt buyers in nearly 150 matters, including nine class actions, involving FDCPA claims based on proofs of claim filed in Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. (2014-present)
  • Municipal liability for practices of private probation companies: Defended several municipalities in state and federal court cases related to the use of private probation companies to collect municipal court fines and fees. (2015-present)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  Clean Power Plan: Submitted amicus brief to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of over 200 members of Congress in lawsuit challenging the EPA’s authority to implement regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. (2016, State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. 15-1363)
      Education
      • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2010,

        summa cum laude; Alabama Law Review, Articles Editor and Member of the Managing Board; John A. Campbell Moot Court Board; National Moot Court Competition Team; Student Honor Court, Chief Justice; Order of the Coif; M. Leigh Harrison Award; Hugo Black Scholar

      • The University of Alabama, B.A., Philosophy, 2007, magna cum laude
      Courts
      • Alabama Supreme Court, 2010
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2012
      • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2012
      • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2012
      • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2012
      • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2012
      • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2012
      • U.S. Courts of Appeals Third Circuit, 2015
      • US Courts of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 2015
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2015
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2012
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2016
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 2010
      Professional Affiliations
      • Alabama Bar Association
      • Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
      • Association of Credit and Collection Professionals     
      Community Involvement
      • Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program
      • Turning Point Homeless Court Docket                
      Clerkships
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Honorable Edward E. Carnes