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Patrick H. Strong

Counsel
  • (205) 226-3474
  • (205) 253-2175
Download Resume pstrong@balch.com
Education
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    J.D., 2006,

    magna cum laude; Mississippi Law Journal; Student Body President

  • University of Mississippi
    B.A., 2002, Political Science
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2006
About Patrick
Patrick has helped negotiate more than $500 million in coaching contracts since 2007, including over $325 million in the last 3 years, and has prepared clients for more than 150 interviews.
Q&A
  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

    Although there are common strategies applied for each client, we offer a customized approach focused on job placement, contract negotiation, and career management. This is a personal business, and our team is designed strategically to facilitate complete trust and confidence while helping our clients advance their careers.

  • What do you find most exciting about your work?

    Every day brings a new challenge and opportunity. There are no typical days, this makes my schedule highly unpredictable. We are helping real people navigate real issues that impact them directly. There is a lot of personal satisfaction that comes from that relationship.

  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?

Select Matters

  • Dabo Swinney, Clemson: Negotiated second biggest contract in college football history (2017).
  • Dave Aranda, LSU: Negotiated biggest coordinator contracts in college football history (2017 & 2018) following a top five defensive coordinator contract (2016). 
  • Larry Fedora, North Carolina: Negotiated biggest football coaching contract in school history (2016).
  • Tom Allen, Indiana: Negotiated biggest first-time head coaching contract in school history (2017).
  • Geoff Collins, Temple: Negotiated biggest first-time head coaching contract in school history and one of the biggest first-time head coaching contracts in AAC history (2017).
  • Mike Bobo, Colorado State: Negotiated biggest coaching contract in school history (2018) following biggest first-time head coaching contract in MWC and school history. (2015).
  • Seth Littrell, North Texas:  Negotiated biggest contract in CUSA and school history (2018) following biggest contract in school history (2017) and biggest first-time head coaching contract in school history (2016).
  • Philip Montgomery, Tulsa: Negotiated biggest head football coaching contract in school history (2017) following significant compensation increase over previous head coach (2015). 
  • Neal Brown, Troy: Negotiated biggest contract in school history (2017) following biggest contract for first-time head coach in school history (2015).
  • Gene Chizik, North Carolina: Negotiated biggest coordinator contract in school history and top five in ACC history (2016).   
  • Manny Diaz, Miami: Negotiated biggest coordinator contracts in school history (2016 & 2018).
  • Mike Bianco, Ole Miss: Negotiated biggest baseball coaching contracts in school history (2014 & 2016)
  • John Szefc, Virginia Tech: Negotiated biggest baseball coaching contract in school history (2017).
     

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      Speaking Engagements

        Credentials

        Education
        • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2006,

          magna cum laude; Mississippi Law Journal; Student Body President

        • University of Mississippi, B.A., 2002, Political Science
        Bar Admissions
        • Alabama, 2006
        Awards & Accolades
        • Birmingham Business Journal, Top 40 Under 40, 2016
        • Birmingham Business Journal, Rising Star Lawyer, 2015
        • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, 2014, 2018
        • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Class 9, 2013
        Community Involvement
        • Covenant Presbyterian Church, Deacon