Balch & Bingham Announces Passing of Our Former Chairman, Eason Balch, Sr.
Balch & Bingham is deeply saddened by the loss of our former chairman, namesake of our firm, colleague and friend, Eason Balch, Sr. Mr. Balch died peacefully at his home on April 14, 2018. He was 98 years old.
Mr. Balch led Balch & Bingham from 1962 to 1988, a period in which the Firm fully developed its corporate, banking and bond practice and merged with the Smith, Bowman and Thagard firm to establish our Montgomery office. He was a true visionary and a great and forceful leader. His interest in Balch continued after his retirement and he helped each one of us in many ways that we might not even know about. He was always an eager and enthusiastic mentor to younger lawyers, for which we are very grateful.
He was also a nationally-recognized electricity and public utility lawyer. He was a leader in various national utility lawyer organizations including the Edison Electric Institute Legal Committee and the American Bar Association Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Section.
Mr. Balch was also particularly and justifiably-proud of his service in the United States Army during World War II. More about his service in the United States Army can be found here. It is an understatement to say we owe much of what we are as a firm to Mr. Balch. We have lost a great leader.
Services for Mr. Balch will be held at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20. The family will receive friends after the service.