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We are pleased to announce that S. Eason Balch, Jr., partner in the firm’s Birmingham office, was recognized by the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) at its Governmental Affairs Conference on August 14, 2015 with its Distinguished Leader Award. The award was given in recognition of his many years of committed service, counsel, dedication and leadership to the BCA. Mr. Balch was also recognized as general counsel emeritus for ProgressPAC, the BCA’s political arm. BCA’s announcement for the award is available here. Mr. Balch is widely regarded as the Dean of the state’s legislative practice attorneys. For several decades, his practice has focused on drafting and analyzing legislation, developing legislative strategy, and advising clients regarding federal and state ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance laws.