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Balch & Bingham’s Dan Ruth and Julia Barber Named 2020 “NextGenBHM: Law Winners” by Birmingham Business Journal

Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce that Dan Ruth, partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice, and Julia Barber, attorney in the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources Practice, have been recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as 2020 “NextGenBHM: Law Winners.” 

The publication’s annual list highlights up-and-coming attorneys whose contributions to their firms and communities, as well as their potential to shape Birmingham’s legal future, distinguish them within the profession. This year’s NextGenBHM: Law Winners were announced in the October 30, 2020, edition of the Birmingham Business Journal.  

Dan Ruth advises multinational corporations, private equity funds, closely-held companies, start-ups and nonprofit organizations on a broad array of corporate and tax matters. Dan frequently counsels clients with respect to federal, state and local economic development issues. He also advises clients with regard to creating and investing in Opportunity Zones. 

Dan is recognized as a Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch. Dan is also a member of the Birmingham Zoo’s Junior Board, Founding board member of the Shoal Creek Park Foundation, secretary of Opportunity Alabama, Inc., and a young professional committee member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama. 

Julia Barber counsels industrial clients, utilities, trade associations, and other business interests in a wide variety of regulatory and litigation issues involving environmental matters. Julia has experience with all major federal environmental regulations, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. She routinely represents clients in challenges to agency rulemakings in U.S. Courts of Appeals and assists clients with permitting and day-to-day compliance issues.

Julia is recognized as a Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch. Julia is also a member of the United Way of Central Alabama Young Philanthropists Society, an Executive Committee member of the Alabama State Bar Environmental Section and a previous participant of the Birmingham Business Alliance’s OnBoard Birmingham program.