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Chambers USA 2017 Commends 30 Balch & Bingham Attorneys and 13 Practices

Balch & Bingham LLP is pleased to announce that 30 attorneys and 13 practices were recognized in the newly released 2017 edition of Chambers USA, published by Chambers & Partners. Balch has consistently received top rankings in Chambers USA, which is regarded as a prominent legal guide known for its independent and objective rankings of top law firms and attorneys. 

Each year, Chambers USA undergoes a rigorous research process to determine rankings for top law firms and individual attorneys through in-depth interviews and surveys of attorneys and clients, and an analysis of its own database resources. Rankings are assessed on legal knowledge, experience, ability, effectiveness and client service, in addition to the strength and depth of a firm’s practice.


Highlights from the firm’s 2017 Chambers USA rankings include:


  • 30 Balch attorneys were individually recognized by Chambers USA as leading lawyers. Nine attorneys earned a Band 1 ranking within their practice areas, indicating a top-tier ranking.
  • 13 of the firm’s practices were recognized by Chambers USA including five practices that earned a Band 1 ranking. The firm was recognized nationally for its Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation) work.
  • Balch was nominated for a Chambers USA Award for Excellence in the category of Energy/Projects: Power including Renewables. Balch was one of seven law firms nationwide nominated for this prestigious award which reflects a law firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas, as well as notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.
  • Several Balch attorneys were recognized individually for their exceptional practice either outside of or in addition to standard Chambers rankings.
    • Tom Penland, partner in the firm’s Atlanta office and member of the Energy Practice, made his first appearance in the rankings.
    • Bradley Ennis, partner in the firm’s Gulfport office and member of the Environmental & Natural Resources Practice, was listed as “Up and Coming” for Environment in Mississippi. “Up and Coming” attorneys are recognized as practicing at the forefront of their generation and driving the firm’s growth
    • Armin Moeller, partner in the firm’s Jackson office and member of the Labor & Employment Practice, was recognized as a “Star Individual” for Labor & Employment in Mississippi. A “Star Individual” ranking is given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.
    • Curt Gwathney, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Public Finance Practice, and Tom Penland, partner in the firm’s Atlanta office and member of the Energy Practice, were recognized as “Recognised Practitioners” within their respective practice areas. This designation recognizes attorneys who handle notable matters and received recommendation during the research process.


Balch & Bingham practices and lawyers were ranked in the following categories:





  • Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation) 



  • Stan Blanton, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Peter LeJeune, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)





  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate



  • Dave Boyd, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Russ Campbell, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Foster Clark, Banking & Finance: Public Finance
  • Jim Edwards, Real Estate
  • Mike Edwards, Litigation: General Commercial (Senior Statesman)
  • Tom Francis, Banking & Finance: Public Finance
  • Curt Gwathney, Banking & Finance: Public Finance (Recognised Practitioner)
  • Ed Haden, Litigation: Appellate
  • Doug Kauffman, Labor & Employment
  • John Pickering, Banking & Finance and Real Estate
  • Jeremy Retherford, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Alan Rogers, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Felton Smith, Real Estate
  • Jeff Starling, Labor & Employment
  • Tim Tracy, Corporate/Commercial





  •  Energy



  • Dan McCrary, Energy
  • Tom Penland, Energy & Natural Resources (Recognised Practitioner, newly listed in 2017) 





  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate



  • Scott Andress, Corporate/Commercial: Gaming & Licensing
  • Ricky Cox, Energy & Natural Resources
  • Pepper Crutcher, Labor & Employment
  • Jonathan Dyal, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Bradley Ennis, Environment (Up and Coming)
  • Armin Moeller, Labor & Employment (Star Individual)
  • John Rice, Real Estate
  • Bill Smith, Energy & Natural Resources
  • Ben Stone, Energy & Natural Resources
  • Teri Wyly, Environment