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Chambers USA 2020 Recognizes 37 Balch & Bingham Attorneys and 14 Practices

Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce that 37 attorneys and 14 practices have been recognized in the newly released 2020 edition of Chambers USA. Published annually, the guide identifies the nation’s top law firms and attorneys through rigorous research and in-depth client interviews. 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. 

Other 2020 highlights include: 

  • Balch & Bingham continues to be among the best in the nation for its Nuclear Energy Practice, with Stan Blanton, managing partner, along with Peter LeJeune and Alan Lovett, both partners and members of the Nuclear Energy Practice, receiving individual nationwide recognition.
  • 37 Balch attorneys are individually recognized by Chambers USA as leading attorneys.
  • Three attorneys are newly recognized by Chambers USA: Jennifer Signs, partner and member of firm’s Real Estate Practice, Frank Long, partner and member of the firm’s Corporate practice, and Alan Lovett, partner and member of the firm’s Energy Practice, who was also given the designation of ‘Associate to Watch.’ 
  • Seven attorneys earned a Band 1 ranking within their practice areas, the highest ranking awarded.
  • 14 of the firm’s practices are recognized by Chambers USA, including six practices that earned a Band 1 ranking, which include:

  • Banking & Finance (Alabama)
  • Environment (Alabama)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Alabama)
  • Energy & Natural Resources (Mississippi)
  • Environment (Mississippi)
  • Labor & Employment (Mississippi)


Balch practices and attorneys are ranked in the following categories:




  • Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)



  • Stan Blanton, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Peter LeJeune, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Alan Lovett, Associate to Watch, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation) 




  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Environment 
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate


  • 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 Statespeople)
  • Allen Estes, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Tom Francis, Banking & Finance: Public Finance
  • Stephen Gidiere, Environment 
  • Curt Gwathney, Banking & Finance: Public Finance
  • Ed Haden, Litigation: Appellate
  • Doug Kauffman, Labor & Employment
  • Grady Moore, Environment 
  • Frank Long, Banking & Finance: Public Finance 
  • John Pickering, Banking & Finance and Real Estate
  • Jeremy Retherford, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Alan Rogers, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Jeff Starling, Labor & Employment
  • Tim Tracy, Corporate/Commercial




  • Energy


  • Tom Penland, Energy (Recognized Practitioner)




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


  • Scott Andress, Corporate Commercial: Gaming & Licensing
  • Ashley Cannady, Labor & Employment (Up and Coming)
  • Ricky Cox, Energy & Natural Resources
  • Pepper Crutcher, Labor & Employment
  • Jonathan Dyal, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Bradley Ennis, Environment
  • K.C. Hightower, Litigation: General Commercial (Up and Coming)
  • Leo Manuel, Energy & Natural Resources (Up and Coming)
  • Armin Moeller, Labor & Employment (Star Individual)
  • John Rice, Real Estate
  • Jennifer Signs, Real Estate
  • Bill Smith, Energy & Natural Resources
  • Ben Stone, Energy & Natural Resources (Senior Statespeople)
  • Teri Wyly, Environment