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Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce that Leslie Garrett Allen, partner and member of the Energy Practice and Doug Kauffman, partner and member of the Labor & Employment Practice, have been named by Birmingham Business Journal as 2021 “Best of the Bar” honorees for excellence in the legal profession. This recognition honors Birmingham’s brightest legal minds, who not only excel within their practice area and firm but who also give back to their community.
Leslie Garrett Allen's practice focuses on regulatory, licensing, compliance, and environmental issues for nuclear and hydroelectric utilities across the U.S. Her hydropower compliance practice involves matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its staff. Leslie’s nuclear energy practice involves matters before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). She represents clients before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Leslie is recognized by Best Lawyers in America.
Doug helps employers manage their most valuable assets - their employees. For more than 20 years, he has counseled large and small employers, helping them stay up to date on the law, regulations, and best practices with respect to employment compliance. When issues arise in the workplace, Doug provides real-time solutions. He also handles complaints or audits by various government agencies, such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he litigates all employment issues in court. Doug is actively advising business clients as they navigate new challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Doug is recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.