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Balch & Bingham Continues Expansion of Public Policy & Government Relations Practice with Addition of Steve Still

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Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce the continued growth of its Public Policy and Government Relations Practice with the addition of Stephen W. Still, as a partner who will be located in both the Washington D.C. and Birmingham, Ala., offices.  

Steve has more than 40 years of experience representing large financial services, insurance and manufacturing companies before legislative, regulatory and governmental bodies, including the U.S. Congress, federal departments and agencies, and state governmental bodies.  

Steve is the only attorney in the State of Alabama who is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel, which is the only nationwide association of attorneys who specialize in insurance regulatory matters. As such, Steve works closely with the Alabama Department of Insurance representing clients with insurance regulatory interests.  

Steve previously served as an officer and chief governmental relations executive for two of Alabama’s largest publically traded companies.

“Steve brings an outstanding mix of law firm and in-house government relations and public policy experience that provides our clients with a unique and informed perspective as they look to navigate increasing state and federal regulatory challenges and opportunities. With decades of experience representing various industries in a broad range of regulatory and legislative matters, he adds a depth of knowledge to Balch that fits well with our existing federal policy team and will greatly benefit our firm and clients,” said Stan Blanton, managing partner. “Steve is an old friend and a number of our partners have worked with him over the years and admire his effectiveness, collaborative approach and dedication to clients. His arrival marks an important step in the continued growth of our federal policy and financial regulatory practices.” 

He is a former member of the Business Council of Alabama’s Board of Directors, and was named the inaugural recipient of The Still Ambassadorial Award, named in his honor for his dedication and leadership in helping advance Alabama’s business interests at the state and federal levels. In 2019, Steve was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in Alabama for his Government Relations practice. This recognition highlights a single lawyer in each practice area within a designated metropolitan area. 

Steve earned his J.D. from the University Of Alabama School of Law.
 
Steve’s arrival follows the firm’s recent addition of Brian Rell who joined the firm’s Washington D.C. office in October 2019.  Brian joined Balch after serving U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt for eleven years as chief of staff. While with Congressman Aderholt, Brian spearheaded critical legislation and funding initiatives through the appropriations subcommittees on Defense, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Commerce, Justice and Science, including NASA. 
 
The firm’s Washington D.C. office also includes Margaret Caravelli, a partner who focuses on energy, environmental, and transportation issues for petroleum refiners and electric utilities. She works closely with clients on legislative and regulatory matters involving the Clean Air Act including the production of transportation fuels and generation of electricity. Margaret has more than a decade’s worth of experience serving as a senior legal counsel to key U.S. congressional committees, in the House of Representatives and the Senate, responsible for environmental and energy policy. In addition to Margaret’s Capitol Hill experience, she previously managed the federal legislative affairs of two industry trade associations, counseling member companies on energy and environmental legislation, as well as relevant federal regulation.
 
Balch & Bingham's Public Policy & Government Relations Practice provides traditional lobbying advocacy, advice and counsel on matters before Congress, the Executive Branch, and various state and federal agencies, boards and commissions. Our team includes attorneys and veteran government relations professionals with decades of experience, both outside and within government.