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7 Balch & Bingham Litigators Named to Benchmark Litigation Under 40 Hot List

Balch & Bingham LLP congratulates seven litigators across the firm’s offices who have been selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation’s annual Under 40 Hot List for 2017. 

“This group of litigators boasts courtroom acumen and aptitude that serve our clients well across the firm’s footprint,” said Russ Campbell, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and chair of the Litigation Practice. “We commend these attorneys on this recognition for their accomplishments thus far and look forward to their ongoing contributions to our firm.”

Benchmark Litigation is the only attorney ranking publication in the United States to focus exclusively on litigation. The Under 40 Hot List honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners under the age of 40.

Balch has one of the largest litigation practices in Alabama that includes more than 90 active litigators across six states and Washington D.C. A key strength of the practice is Balch’s work in heavily regulated industries including energy, financial services and healthcare. 

Balch attorneys regularly serve as national and regional counsel, representing clients in federal and state courts across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Chambers USA 2017 recognized Balch’s Litigation Practice as a Band 1 practice in Alabama and noted that clients see Balch as “part of our company DNA.”

The Balch attorneys recognized include:

  • Conrad Anderson, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Litigation Practice, is a trial attorney who litigates all manner of business disputes. Conrad frequently represents owners and contractors in construction matters, while also representing banks and other financial institutions, often defending complex class actions. Conrad’s most recent success, however, was a defense verdict following a two-week jury trial where the plaintiff suffered a catastrophic injury for which he sought $16 million in damages.
  • Geremy Gregory, partner in the firm’s Jacksonville office and member of the Litigation Practice, has successfully litigated hundreds of matters on behalf of financial institutions in Florida and Georgia, often resolving cases prior to discovery. Geremy also regularly represents clients in a variety of real estate disputes, from easement disputes to priority issues. In addition, Geremy represents manufacturers and electric utilities, particularly in matters involving loss by fire.
  • Adam Israel, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Litigation Practice, focuses his practice on complex business litigation, primarily in the areas of business torts and unfair competition and banking and financial services. Most recently, Adam successfully petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus for an out-of-state defendant in a case involving enforcement of an outbound forum selection clause.
  •  Anne Kaufold-Wiggins, partner in the firm’s Atlanta office and member of the Litigation Practice, has more than a decade of experience successfully defending corporate clients in trial, upon dispositive motions, and on appeal. Recently, Anne developed the winning strategy which led to the dismissal of multiple patronage capital class action lawsuits filed against several of distribution EMC clients in which class plaintiffs sought more than $2 billion and to remake how EMCs operate in Georgia. The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal stating that nothing in the EMC enabling act or the bylaws required the distribution of patronage capital prior to dissolution unless the board of directors decides to do so.
  • Lane Knight, partner in the firm’s Montgomery office and member of the Litigation Practice, represents a wide variety of financial services clients, with a concentration on banking and mortgage servicing litigation. He is recognized for his deep experience within the financial services industry, and serves as counsel to some of the nation's largest banks and loan servicers in litigated matters throughout the Southeast.
  • Brant Pettis, partner in the firm’s Gulfport office and member of the Litigation Practice, routinely represents contractors, state agencies and utilities regarding contract, environmental and regulatory claims.  Recently, Brant represented a state agency to successfully defend a bid protest regarding a $43 million public construction project.  Brant is also serving as counsel for a state agency administering millions of dollars in restoration projects following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Jason Tompkins, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Litigation Practice, has served as lead counsel on over 200 individual cases and more than a dozen class actions in numerous jurisdictions. Most recently, Jason created a circuit split that culminated in review by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, Jason successfully represented one of the nation’s largest buyers of unpaid debt to advance an Eleventh Circuit class action to the Supreme Court, resulting in a key decision under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and resolving a potential conflict between the FDCPA and the Bankruptcy Code.