Birmingham-based law firm Balch & Bingham has added 13 associates to its roster of more than 250 attorneys and lobbyists in the Southeast and Washington, D.C., including additional attorneys in the Jackson and Gulfport offices.
Alan Rogers, managing partner of the 91-year-old firm, said the staffing increase is part of a move to establish several new practice areas. “Most recently, we established the Affordable Care Act Strategists to help businesses respond to and prepare for ACA enforcement,” Rogers said. “The group contains lawyers from practice areas including Healthcare, Labor & Employment, Employee Benefits, Corporate, Tax, Financial Services and Litigation. In addition, we have seen recent growth in our Financial Industries, Immigration, Community Development and Cyber-security/Data Privacy Practices.”
Balch & Bingham also anticipates growth over the next five years in practice areas relating to environmental regulation, healthcare compliance and banking mergers and acquisitions, according to Rogers. “We will dedicate resources to these areas to be certain we are prepared to help clients develop strategies to comply as new regulations are implemented.”
More immediately, he said, the staff additions give the firm bench strength across most all practice areas. Added to the Jackson office’s Business Section is Mississippi College School of Law graduate Bo Baxter. He will focus on corporate finance and securities.
New to the Gulfport office’s Litigation Section is Whitney Lipscomb, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. She is joined by Michael Malenfant, a University of Michigan School of Law graduate who will work in the Energy Section.
Six of the new associates will work from the Birmingham office. They are Kim Bell, Vanderbilt University Law School; Steven Corhern, University of Alabama School of Law; Kerra Hicks, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University; Dan Ruth, Cumberland School of Law; Kelly Walker, University of Alabama School of Law; Laura Thorton, University of Texas School of Law.
Joining the Montgomery office is John Naramore, Cumberland School of Law.
The Jacksonville, Fla., office is adding Bob O’Linn, University of Florida School of Law.
Two attorneys will join the Atlanta office: Jamie Cohen, University of Florida School of Law; and James Cohen, Mercer University School of Law.