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Balch & Bingham LLP is honored to announce that Jeff Starling,  partner in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office and chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, has been elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the highest honor for a labor and employment attorney. This prestigious election is the most respected recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.

“We commend Jeff on this achievement and for his impactful work in labor and employment law that has earned him this well-deserved honor,” said Alan T. Rogers, managing partner of Balch. “It is truly a privilege to be recognized by your peers.”

Mr. Starling’s practice is devoted to the representation of employers in employment litigation, labor relations and business competition, as well as providing preventive advice and counseling. He frequently speaks on labor and employment issues and has conducted numerous training sessions across the United States for some of the nation’s largest employers. Mr. Starling is the past management co-chair of the Alabama Bar Association’s Committee on the Development of the Law under the National Labor Relations Act and an editor of The Developing Labor Law.

Mr. Starling will be inducted as a fellow on Nov. 8, 2014 in Los Angeles during the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Conference. During this 19th installment of fellows, Mr. Starling will join more than 1,300 leading labor and employment attorneys in 45 states, as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and eight Canadian provinces.

The College is a nonprofit association established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. The purpose of the College is to provide recognition of individuals, sharing knowledge and delivering value to the many different groups who can benefit from its value model. Nominated fellows must meet rigorous criteria of qualifications for a period of at least 20 years. Qualifications include, but are not limited to: the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards; the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership; a commitment to fostering and advancing the objectives of the College; exceptional high-quality services to clients, bar, bench and public; and significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing and/or published writings on labor and employment law.