Balch & Bingham
|No. of offices||10|
|No. of attorneys||200+|
|Major practice areas||General practice, Energy, Financial Services|
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.
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. Judge Martin's private practice in Birmingham was joined by Judge Fritz Thompson and Perry Turner to form Martin, Thompson & Turner in 1922. 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. In 1985, the firm's name was changed to Balch & Bingham in recognition of partners Eason Balch and John Bingham. In 2001, the firm merged with Eaton & Cottrell in Mississippi, followed in 2003 by a merger with Meadows, Ichter and Bowers in Atlanta. In April 2012, Balch & Bingham acquired Birmingham-based Presley Burton & Collier, along with Jacksonville-based Stoneburner, Berry, Gocker, Purcell & Greenhut PA later that year.
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..
Notable attorneys and alumni
- 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
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- "Alabama law firm expands to Jacksonville with Stoneburner merger". Jacksonville Business Journal. 26 September 2012.
- "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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