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Balch & Bingham Attorneys and Practices Ranked in Chambers USA 2021

Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners, in its newly released Chambers USA 2021 guide, has recognized 15 practices and 44 attorneys as leaders in their specific disciplines and geographic areas. 

Known for its comprehensive and objective rankings of top law firms and attorneys, Chambers USA is one the most prominent legal guides. The annual list is generated 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.

Highlights from Balch’s 2021 Chambers USA rankings include:

  • 44 Balch attorneys are individually recognized by Chambers USA as leading attorneys.
  • Balch & Bingham’s Nuclear Energy Practice remains one of the best in the nation, with Stan Blanton, managing partner, along with partners Leslie Garrett Allen, Peter LeJeune and Alan Lovett, receiving individual nationwide recognition. 
  • Balch is newly ranked in Georgia for Litigation: General Commercial.
  • Eight Balch attorneys are newly recognized by Chambers USA, including Julia Barber, Steven Burns and Tom DeLawrence, partners and members of the firm’s Environment Practice, Leslie Garrett Allen, partner and member of the firm’s Energy Practice, Josh Archer and Greg Cook, partners and members of the firm’s Litigation Practice, Debra Lewis, partner and member of the firm’s Banking & Finance Practice and Chris Still, partner and co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice.
  • Nine attorneys earned a Band 1 ranking within their practice areas, the highest ranking awarded. Attorneys listed as Band 1 include:
  • Scott Andress
  • Dave Boyd
  • Stan Blanton
  • Pepper Crutcher
  • Stephen Gidiere
  • Ed Haden
  • Grady Moore
  • Jeff Starling
  • Teri Wyly


  • Fifteen of the firm’s practices are recognized by Chambers USA, including five practices that earned a Band 1 ranking, which include:
  • Energy & Natural Resources, Mississippi
  • Environment, Alabama
  • Environment, Mississippi
  • Labor & Employment, Mississippi
  • Litigation: General Commercial, Alabama


Balch practices and attorneys are ranked in the following categories:




  • Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)



  • Stan Blanton, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • David Martin Connelly, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Leslie Garrett Allen, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation) (Up and Coming)
  • Peter LeJeune, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)
  • Alan Lovett, Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation) (Up and Coming)




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


  • Julia Barber, Environment (Up and Coming) 
  • Dave Boyd, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Steven Burns, Environment
  • Russ Campbell, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Foster Clark, Banking & Finance: Public Finance (Senior Statespeople)
  • Greg Cook, Litigation: General Commercial 
  • Tom DeLawrence, Environment (Up and Coming) 
  • Jim Edwards, Real Estate (Senior Statespeople)
  • Mike Edwards, Litigation: General Commercial (Senior Statespeople)
  • Allen Estes, Litigation: General Commercial 
  • Stephen Gidiere, Environment 
  • Curt Gwathney, Banking & Finance: Public Finance
  • Ed Haden, Litigation: Appellate
  • Doug Kauffman, Labor & Employment
  • Debra Lewis, Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory
  • 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
  • Chris Still, Corporate/Commercial
  • Tim Tracy, Corporate/Commercial




  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Litigation: General Commercial


  • Tom Penland, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Josh Archer, Litigation: General Commercial




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


  • Scott Andress, Corporate Commercial: Gaming & Licensing
  • Ashley Eley Cannady, Labor & Employment
  • Ricky Cox, Energy & Natural Resources
  • Pepper Crutcher, Labor & Employment
  • Jonathan Dyal, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Bradley Ennis, Environment
  • K.C. Hightower, Litigation: General Commercial
  • 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