Michael Taunton | Balch & Bingham | Headshot
Education
  • Yale Law School
    J.D., 2014
  • Samford University
    B.A., Classics, 2010, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2014
About Michael
Q&A
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    Prior to joining Balch, I was given the opportunity to serve as legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, I worked closely with both industry players and legislators on a wide spectrum of issues affecting areas such as the pharmaceutical and technology industries, the music and entertainment industry, bankruptcy courts, and a host of other business and judicial issues.

    I also gained an appreciation for and insights into the inner workings of the judicial branch, and I have been able to regularly apply those insights and experiences in my work with Balch.

  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

    I have been pleased to successfully represent numerous financial, business, and municipal clients before the Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in matters ranging from mortgage loan disputes to defending state tax legislation against constitutional challenges to protecting client interests involving Alabama’s recreational use statutes. I handle a wide range of matters for clients at both the trial and appellate levels, including challenges to loan foreclosures; allegations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA); commercial and banking contract disputes; complex shareholder disputes; municipal tax and bond issues; intellectual property matters and disputes; and general commercial disputes, including antitrust, restrictive covenant, and unfair competition claims.

    I have also been pleased to occasionally represent start-ups – particularly tech start-ups – in their general business needs.   

  • How are you involved in your community?

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      Credentials

      Education
      • Yale Law School, J.D., 2014
      • Samford University, B.A., Classics, 2010, magna cum laude
      Courts
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2015
      • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2015
      • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2015
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2015
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2017
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 2014
      Professional Affiliations
      • Alabama Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section and Litigation Section
      • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division and Litigation Practice Group
      • Birmingham Bar Association
      • Federalist Society, Federalism & Separation of Powers Section
      Awards & Accolades
      • Yale Law & Policy Review, executive editor
      • Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Federalist Society, national executive editor
      • Non-Profit Organizations Clinic, student director
      Community Involvement
      • Fixed Point Foundation, general counsel
      Clerkships
      • U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, legislative counsel