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Balch & Bingham

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Balch & Bingham
HeadquartersBirmingham, Alabama
No. of offices10
No. of attorneys200+
Major practice areasGeneral practice, Energy, Financial Services
Date founded1922

Balch & Bingham LLP is a United States law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. The firm has additional offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Washington, D.C. and employs over 200 lawyers.[1]


The firm was founded in 1922 by William Logan Martin Jr, who served as Alabama's Attorney General between 1915-1917 and as attorney for Alabama Power Company.[2][3] Judge Martin's private practice in Birmingham was joined by Judge Fritz Thompson and Perry Turner to form Martin, Thompson & Turner in 1922.[4] In 1983, then known as Balch, Bingham, Baker, Hawthorne, Williams & Ward, the firm merged with Montgomery partnership Smith, Bowman, Thagard, Crook & Culpeper, expanding the firm's presence in Montgomery.[5] In 1985, the firm's name was changed to Balch & Bingham in recognition of partners Eason Balch and John Bingham.[4] In 2001, the firm merged with Eaton & Cottrell in Mississippi, followed in 2003 by a merger with Meadows, Ichter and Bowers in Atlanta.[6][7] In April 2012, Balch & Bingham acquired Birmingham-based Presley Burton & Collier, along with Jacksonville-based Stoneburner, Berry, Gocker, Purcell & Greenhut PA later that year.[8][9]


As of February 2020, Balch & Bingham was the fourth largest law firm in Birmingham, Alabama. The firm has additional offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Washington, D.C..[10]

Notable attorneys and alumni[edit]

  • Mike Bowers – Attorney General of Georgia (1981-1997)
  • Clifford Durr – American lawyer who defended activists, including Rosa Parks, during the New Deal and McCarthy eras
  • Barbara Olson – American lawyer and conservative television commentator
  • Edwina Rogers – Conservative lobbyist, Executive Director of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (2006-2011) and National Economic Council Associate Director (2001-2002)
  • William Sellers – American lawyer and judge, associate justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama
  • Alvin Vogtle – American lawyer, business executive and World War II fighter pilot


  1. "Balch & Bingham Offices". Balch & Bingham. 19 November 2020.
  2. "Balch & Bingham founder selected for Alabama Lawyers' Hall of Fame". The Birmingham News. 31 October 2012.
  3. "Hall of Fame Class – 2012". Alabama State Bar. 1 December 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Birmingham's big 5". Birmingham Business Journal. 24 March 2002.
  5. "H. Harold Williams". Legacy.com. 20 November 2020.
  6. "Balch & Bingham Reels In Ala. Public Financing Firm". Law360. 9 April 2012.
  7. "Former Attorney General Mike Bowers Leaves Balch & Bingham for Athens Firm". Law.com. 25 September 2020.
  8. "After Partner Departures, Balch & Bingham Takes Over Birmingham Firm". The AM Law Daily. 10 April 2012.
  9. "Alabama law firm expands to Jacksonville with Stoneburner merger". Jacksonville Business Journal. 26 September 2012.
  10. "Balch & Bingham expands footprint to Texas, longtime Bham attorney joins firm's new Houston office". Birmingham Business Journal. 6 February 2012.

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