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Balch & Bingham LLP today announced with great sadness the death of Rusty Turner, partner in the firm's Jackson, Miss., office, who passed away unexpectedly on April 4, 2015. He was 47 years old. Mr. Turner joined Balch & Bingham in 2002 and was a member of the firm’s labor and employment and litigation practice groups. His professional accomplishments include serving as chairman of the Mississippi Bar Labor & Employment Section, 2004-2005, governmental affairs director for the Mississippi Society for Human Resource Management ("SHRM"), 2012-present, and chief lobbyist for 1,300 members of Mississippi SHRM on all labor and employment legislation initiatives to state/federal level lawmakers.

Rusty was an avid supporter of Ole Miss Athletics and an active parent in the St. Andrew's Episcopal School Community. "Rusty was a trusted partner and good friend who will be missed by all who knew him," said Alan T. Rogers, Balch & Bingham’s Managing Partner. "He was a gifted attorney and respected member of the legal community in Mississippi.” Mr. Turner graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 1990 and cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1994.

Rusty is survived by his son, Nolan, his wife, Kim, his father, Gerald Turner and his wife, Bonnie, and his mother, Brenda Pugh Doss.