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Balch & Bingham Named Among Top Firms in Chambers USA 2018

Balch & Bingham LLP is pleased to announce that 36 attorneys and 14 practices are recognized in the newly released 2018 edition of Chambers USA, published by Chambers & Partners. Balch consistently receives 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, London-based 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. 

Chambers USA recognizes practices and attorneys for their work within a specific discipline and geographic area. Each practice and attorney is ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the highest achievement possible.

Highlights from the firm’s 2018 Chambers USA rankings include:

  • 36 Balch attorneys were individually recognized by Chambers USA as leading attorneys. Nine attorneys earned a Band 1 ranking.
  • 14 of the firm’s practices were recognized by Chambers USA, including six practices that earned a Band 1 ranking. 
  • Chambers USA debuted its practice ranking for Environment in Alabama this year. Balch was included in the inaugural list, earning a Band 1 ranking. 
  • Four Balch attorneys made their first appearance in the rankings:
    • Ashley Cannady, partner in the firm’s Jackson office and member of the Labor & Employment Practice, was recognized for Labor & Employment in Mississippi.
    • Stephen Gidiere, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and co-chair of the Environmental & Natural Resources Practice, was recognized for Environment in Alabama.
    • Martha Legg Miller, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Corporate Practice, was recognized for Corporate/Commercial in Alabama.
    • Grady Moore, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and co-chair of the Environmental & Natural Resources Practice, was recognized for Environment in Alabama.
  • Several Balch attorneys were recognized individually for their exceptional practice either outside of or in addition to their band rankings:
    • Ashley Cannady, partner in the firm’s Jackson office and member of the Labor & Employment Practice, was listed as “Up and Coming” for Labor & Employment in Mississippi, and 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 attorneys with exceptional recommendations in their field.
    • Tom Penland, partner in the firm’s Atlanta office and member of the Energy Practice, and Eric Ray, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Creditors Rights & Bankruptcy Practice, were named “Recognised Practitioners.” This designation is given to attorneys who handle notable matters and received recommendation during the research process.
    • Martha Legg Miller, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Corporate Practice, was listed as an “Associate to Watch” for Corporate/Commercial in Alabama. This designation is awarded to senior associates who are recognized for their contributions to major deals. Martha was named a partner in early 2018.
    • Mike Bowers, partner in the firm’s Atlanta office and member of the Litigation Practice, and Mike Edwards, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Litigation Practice, were recognized as “Senior Statesmen.” This designation highlights veteran attorneys who remain pivotal to the firm’s success.  

 

Balch & Bingham practices and attorneys are ranked in the following categories:

 

USA - NATIONWIDE
Practice:

  • Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)

 

Individual:

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

 

ALABAMA
Practices:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Environment (Newly listed in 2018)
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate
 

Individual:

  • Hamp Boles, Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory
  • 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
  • Stephen Gidiere, Environment (Newly listed in 2018)
  • Curt Gwathney, Banking & Finance: Public Finance
  • Ed Haden, Litigation: Appellate
  • Doug Kauffman, Labor & Employment
  • Randolph Lanier, Real Estate
  • Martha Legg Miller, Corporate/Commercial (Associate to Watch, newly listed in 2018)
  • Grady Moore, Environment (Newly listed in 2018)
  • John Pickering, Banking & Finance and Real Estate
  • Eric Ray, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Recognised Practitioner)
  • Jeremy Retherford, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Alan Rogers, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Jeff Starling, Labor & Employment
  • Tim Tracy, Corporate/Commercial
  • Jesse Vogtle, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

  


GEORGIA

Practice:

  • Energy

 
Individual

  • Mike Bowers, Litigation: General Commercial (Senior Statesman)
  • Tom Penland, Energy (Recognised Practitioner)

 

MISSISSIPPI
Practices:

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

 

Individual:

  • Scott Andress, Corporate/Commercial: Gaming & Licensing
  • Ashley Cannady, Labor & Employment (Up and Coming, newly listed in 2018)
  • 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