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Balch & Bingham Recognized by Benchmark Litigation; 17 Partners Listed as Star Litigators

Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce that 17 of the firm’s partners have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys. The firm was ranked as a “recommended” firm in the state of Alabama for its robust litigation work, representing clients in complex legal matters spanning a variety of highly regulated industries. The 2019 edition represents the seventh year that Balch & Bingham has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation recognized eight Balch partners as litigation stars in Alabama for their litigation experience within their respective areas of practice: 


  • Allen Baker was listed as a Local Litigation Star in the area of Product Liability. An experienced trial lawyer, Allen has extensive experience trying a variety of wrongful death, personal injury, and fire-related cases, specifically on behalf of electrical utilities and electrical-related products.
  • Chuck Burkhart was listed as a Local Litigation Star in the area of Product Liability. Chuck chairs the firm’s Product Liability & Casualty Practice and has substantial jury trial experience.  In addition, he maintains a national construction litigation practice. Over the past decade, Chuck has negotiated more than $1 billion in construction contracts across the U.S.
  • Russ Campbell was listed as a Local Litigation Star in the area of General Commercial. As chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice, Russ leads more than 90 attorneys across the firm’s footprint in the representation of clients across numerous industries in state and federal courts nationwide. 
  • Greg Cook was listed as a Local Litigation Star in the areas of Antitrust, Energy and Natural Resources, and General Commercial. Greg has defended over 60 class action suits and handled over 250 real estate and mortgage matters. He chairs the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice.
  • Alan Rogers was listed as a Local Litigation Star in the areas of Appellate, General Commercial, Insurance, and Product Liability. Alan is an experienced trial lawyer and a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is recognized for his significant experience in advocacy and litigation, providing counsel to businesses in highly regulated industries. 
  • Sean Shirley was listed as a Future Star. Sean regularly represents clients in complex personal injury, property damage, product liability, and wrongful death cases.
  • Jeff Starling was listed as a Labor & Employment Star-South.  Jeff chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice. For more than 25 years, he has represented employers across the full range of legal issues, ranging from employment, non-compete and trade secrets litigation to union elections and negotiations.
  • Dorman Walker was listed as a Labor & Employment Star-South. Dorman regularly litigates complex legal matters involving private or governmental employers, and works with companies across numerous industries to manage and address risk through the implementation of policies, procedures and contracts.


Benchmark Litigation previously named nine Balch partners to the 40 & Under Hot List, which recognizes talented young litigators who have built strong litigation practices and gained success in the courtroom.


  • Conrad Anderson IV
  • Thomas DeBray
  • Geremy Gregory
  • Adam Israel
  • Anne Kaufold-Wiggins
  • Lane Knight
  • Kelly Pate
  • Brant Pettis
  • Jason Tompkins


Balch’s Litigation Practice includes more than 90 attorneys who practice across the Southeast and appear regularly before state and federal courts, arbitration panels, and regulatory bodies. The firm is recognized for its strength in trial and appellate work, with deep experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, energy and financial services. Balch is recognized for excellence in litigation by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation is the only publication in the United States to focus exclusively on litigation. The publication’s rankings and editorial are the result of the culmination of a six-month research period involving extensive interviews between researchers and litigators and their clients.