Balch & Bingham LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Very high quality work”
  • “Autonomy”

Downers

  • “Lack of emphasis on cultural diversity”
  • “Small environment at times”

About Balch & Bingham LLP

Founded in Birmingham in 1920, Balch & Bingham has grown to become not only one of the largest firms in Alabama, but also a major player across the Sunbelt, its reach extending as far as Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The firm's largest groups include litigation, corporate and securities, intellectual property, financial services and labor and employment in addition to more niche specialties like utilities, nuclear energy, gaming and sports law.

A Big New Deal in Birmingham

In 1920, Judge William Logan Martin Jr.-a World War I veteran and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the University of Alabama law school-decided to start a private law practice in Birmingham. In the firm's early years Martin's main client was the Alabama Power Company, where his brother sat as president. As the firm grew and Martin formed partnerships with other attorneys, the firm assisted the power company in developing huge hydropower projects, and even helped hash out the Constitutional questions surrounding President Roosevelt's New Deal initiatives before SCOTUS and Congress. Starting in the 1990s, the firm spread out through a series of new offices.

Thanks in part to a series of mergers, Balch & Bingham has grown to over 200 attorneys in six offices in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Washington, D.C. The firm is still a major player in the energy market, serving clients like the Nevada Power Company. Reinforcing its energy practices is a strong lobbying practice whose clients include Alabama Power Company, the Biotechnology Association of Alabama and Lending Tree. The firm has also recently expanded its commercial real estate practice, which counseled one of the first "green" shopping centers in the United States, a $30 million complex in Atlanta.

Always Be Prepared

Balch & Bingham also boasts an active community service program. Since the 1990s, the firm has been a "partner-in-education" with a Birmingham middle school. The firm is also a longtime sponsor of a Boy Scouts of America explorer post designed to help young people learn about the practice of law through activities such as mock trials, court observation, practice negotiations and witness examination skills.

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Balch & Bingham LLP

1901 Sixth Avenue North
Suite 1500
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 251-8100

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Committee Chairman: Alan Rogers
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 240

  • Base Salary
    Atlanta
    1st year: $130,000
    Summer associate: $1,900/week (2Ls); $1,700/week (1Ls) Birmingham
    1st year: $105,000
    Summer associate: $1,300/week (2Ls); $1,100/week (1Ls) Montgomery, Gulfport, Jackson
    1st year: $100,000
    Summer associate: $1,300/week (2Ls); $1,100/week (1Ls)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Affordable Care Act Strategists • Antitrust • Balch Sports • Climate Change & Smart Sustainability • Corporate • Disaster Planning, Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding • Education • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation • Environmental and Natural Resources • Financial Services Litigation • Government Relations • Health Law • Insurance • Joint Use & Pole Attachments • Lending & Commercial • Nuclear Energy • Product Liability & Casualty • Real Estate • Solid Waste Industry • Alternative Dispute Resolution • Appellate • Business Litigation • Construction Law • Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy • Drug and Medical Device • Electronic Discovery and Data Management • Energy • Financial Institutions & Financial Services Regulation • Government Contracts • Gulf Coast Oil Spill • Immigration • Intellectual Property • Labor & Employment • Litigation • Privacy & Data Security • Public Finance • Regulated Industries • Wealth Management and Employee Benefits

Major Office Locations

  • Birmingham, AL (HQ) • Atlanta, GA • Gulfport, MS • Jackson, MS • Jacksonville, FL • Montgomery, AL • Washington, DC