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Alan Rogers and Mary Samuels Recognized with ‘Best of the Bar’ Awards by the Birmingham Business Journal

Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce that Alan Rogers, partner and member of the Litigation Practice and Mary Samuels, partner and member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice, received the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2019 Best of the Bar Award for Excellence in the Legal Profession. This honor recognizes the best and the brightest attorneys who have made significant accomplishments in their practice area and firm, who have a strong professional reputation, and who have given back to the community.

Alan is an experienced trial attorney and fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, advocating for clients before courts, arbitrators, and regulators. Previously, Alan served as managing partner of Balch & Bingham for nine years, during which time he was instrumental in strengthening Balch’s overall performance and elevating its national reputation for excellence. Alan also served as chair of the Firm’s Litigation Practice for twelve years. 

Alan served as President of the Birmingham Bar Association for the year 2018 and remains on the Bar Association’s executive committee. Alan was elected as a Fellow in the Birmingham Bar Foundation, which recognizes excellence in field of practice, dedication to civility in the profession, commitment to the rule of law, and leadership in the Bar and the community. In addition to his commitment to the legal profession, Alan serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committees for both the United Way of Central Alabama and the Birmingham Education Foundation. He is also recognized by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation and The Best Lawyers in America.

Mary has more than a decade of experience guiding clients through ever-changing environmental regulations and is often recognized by clients for her experience with the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. Mary currently serves as the president of the Alabama State Bar Environmental Section. Additionally, she serves in multiple volunteer roles for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the McWane Science Center. 

Mary is a frequent mentor to younger women attorneys, helping identify the tools they need to build a successful career. Additionally, she was one of the founders of Balch’s Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success Program which gives first-year, minority law students the tools needed to be successful in law school and in their future careers. Her creativity and leadership with this program has resulted in the delivery of important tools and approaches to help hundreds of students successfully complete law school and build careers.