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Balch & Bingham Welcomes Nine New Associates

Balch & Bingham is pleased to welcome nine new associates to the firm: John Banks, Avery Burns, Mitch Fucetola, Robert Humphrey, Demarcus McGee, Melanie Mitchell, Madison Tucker, Matt Warren and Jace Williams. These attorneys will work across the firm’s footprint in its nationally recognized Banking & Financial Services, Energy, Corporate, and Litigation Practices.

John Banks joins the Birmingham office as a member of the Litigation Practice. He earned his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, where he was a member of the National Trial Team and named the 2021 Top Gun and Rasmussen Most Outstanding Advocate. John also earned his MBA from Samford University’s Brock School of Business. John currently serves as an assistant coach for Cumberland’s National Trial Team and a co-chair for Youth Leadership Forum’s 2021 opening retreat.  

Avery Burns joins the Birmingham office as a member of the Energy Practice. She earned her J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, cum laude, where she served as the acquisitions editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Avery was selected as a Caruthers Fellow by faculty members, recognizing her as a mentor within the school. She is an active volunteer for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, serving as a member of the Corporate Committee.  Additionally, she serves as a member of the Young Professionals Board for Preschool Partners. 

Mitch Fucetola joins the Atlanta office as a member of the Litigation Practice. He earned his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, where he was the recipient of the Law School Association Scholarship. Mitch clerked for the Honorable William Ray, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Additionally, Mitch served as articles editor for the Georgia Law Review

Robert Humphrey joins the Birmingham office as a member of the Corporate Practice. He earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, cum laude, where he served as vice president of the school’s Student Bar Association and productions and web editor of the Alabama Law Review, Vol.72. Robert was a member of the winning team for both the John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition and the ABA National Moot Court Regionals Competition, as well as a Quarterfinalist at the ABA National Moot Court Nationals Competition. Robert is an active volunteer with Volunteer Lawyers of Birmingham and is a member of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham. 

Demarcus McGee joins the Jackson office as a member of the Litigation Practice. He earned his J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law, cum laude. Demarcus received many awards and accolades, including the Gates Millennium Scholar, Capital Area Bar Association Award and Hearin Law Scholar. He clerked with the Honorable Justices James W. Kitchens and Kenneth Griffis at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Honorable Judge David N. McCarty at the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Demarcus served as a youth intervener with the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center. 

Melanie Mitchell joins the Gulfport office as a member of the Litigation Practice. Melanie earned her J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law, summa cum laude, where she graduated first in her class. Melanie has received many awards and accolades, including the Hearin Scholarship and the Justice H. Dickinson Professionalism Award. Additionally, she was inducted into the National Order of the Barristers and Legal Writer’s Circle. Melanie was a member of winning teams for the ABA National Moot Court Competition, Fifth Circuit Elliot Cup Competition, and Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition where she received awards for best oral advocate and best brief.

Madison Tucker joins the Birmingham office as a member of the Litigation and Financial Services Practices. Madison earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Community Service Award and the Student Pro Bono Award. Madison also served as the lead articles editor for Alabama Law & Psychology Review

Matt Warren joins the Jackson office as a member of the Litigation Practice. Matt earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law, summa cum laude. He clerked for the Honorable Michael T. Parker, Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. During law school, Matt volunteered with North Mississippi Rural Legal Services. 

Jace Williams joins the Atlanta office as a member of the Litigation Practice. He earned is J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. Jace served as the executive articles editor for Georgia’s Journal of Intellectual Property Law