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Balch Partner Lee Johnsey Named to Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40

Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce that Lee Johnsey, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice, has been selected as one of Birmingham’s 2024 Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ). The award, now in its 40th year, recognizes up-and-coming stars in Birmingham’s business scene who have distinguished themselves in their fields before the age of 40.

Lee plays a pivotal role in projects that help build Birmingham’s vibrant local economy. He focuses on the acquisition, development, ownership, management and disposition of real estate, unsecured and secured lending, and corporate matters. Lee understands that clients are looking for solutions, and his experience allows him to structure deals to anticipate future issues and to assist clients with responding to any issues that do arise before they become problems. Lee’s transactional and litigation experience uniquely positions him to view the big picture and nuances of an issue, and to counsel clients about the implications of a course of conduct. Lee counsels clients with clear communication, guiding them through risk assessment and taking proactive measures aimed to help avoid the need for litigation. He helps clients balance efficiency and desired results as he works through issues alongside them.

Lee is passionate about supporting development in Alabama’s underserved communities. He plays a critical role for Opportunity Alabama, supporting the non-profit’s mission to help these communities through efforts to de-risk the kinds of meaningful real estate projects needed for a vibrant local economy. He has also been heavily involved in legislation which has minimized the impact of Alabama’s tax sale laws on underserved populations. 

His contributions to REV Birmingham, the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, the Bryant-Jordan Foundation, and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame highlight his dedication to creating a better future for Birmingham and its residents.

Lee received his J.D. from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin School of Law, where he graduated with honors. He was recognized as one of the nation’s leading real estate attorneys in the Chambers USA 2023 Guide, one the most prominent legal guides. Additionally, he has been recognized as a “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America®.

In addition to Lee, Balch is proud of its BBJ Top 40 Under 40 alumni including Brandi A. Russell, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Director of Talent Management, Patrick Strong, counsel and member of Balch Sports, Adam Israel, partner and member the Litigation Practice, Jonathan Hoffmann, partner and member of the Consumer Finance Litigation Practice, and David Bowsher, partner and member of the Corporate & Commercial Practice.