Balch & Bingham beefs up to add new law practice areas

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.

logoAlan 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.


Help navigating Obamacare available at new Balch & Bingham blog

JACKSON, Mississippi — Balch & Bingham LLP has launched the Affordable Care Act Review, a blog authored by members of the firm’s Affordable Care Act Strategists, a cross-disciplinary team created to provide advice and guidance on the ACA.

The ACA Review, at, serves as a resource to provide information, practical commentary and analysis to the business community, says the Birmingham-based firm which has offices in Jackson and elsewhere in Mississippi.

The blog’s editorial team includes Balch attorneys who have followed, studied and analyzed the ACA throughout its entire lifecycle and have a deep understanding of the ways in which clients should prepare to protect and serve their organizations and employees, the firm says. The ACA Review Editor, Pepper Crutcher, also serves as leader of the ACA Strategists.

Crutcher is a partner in the firm’s Jackson office and has more than 30 years in navigating labor and employment issues for businesses across the Southeast.

“We developed this blog to serve as a critical resource to the many business owners and organizations that face questions and uncertainties about the impact of the ACA,” Crutcher said. “We will provide timely legal perspectives and analysis authored by credible, experienced attorneys who are actively advising clients on ACA strategies.”

The Balch & Bingham ACA Strategists is made up of a multidisciplinary team of attorneys with deep knowledge and experience in healthcare, labor and employment, tax, mergers and acquisitions and employee benefits who have devoted thousands of hours to studying the ACA and its application to businesses and have experience developing strategies to help employers navigate the complicated law.


In addition to Crutcher, the ACA Review contributors include: Aaron Dettling, Bob Ellerbrock, Chris Kimble, James King, Dan Silverboard, Philip Sprinkle, Jeff Starling and Chris Wansley.

Recent posts to the Affordable Care Act Review Blog include:


• Employers and the Federally Facilitated Exchange

• M & A and the ACA

• The Affordable Care Act’s “Turbo Charge”

• The 1% Employer Solution to the Play or Pay Problem

• New IRS Regulations Provide Hospitals with Leeway for Complying with Community Health Needs Assessment Requirements

• IRS Will Be Scrutinizing Independent Contractor Arrangements

• Looking for a New Union Label?

• Union Funds Say, “With Friends like These…”

• Service Contract Act Compliance Won’t Avoid ACA Taxes

• The “Skinny Med” Plan: Minimum Essential Coverage, but…



Merger gives Balch & Bingham Florida presence

Balch & Bingham, a Birmingham-based law firm with an office in Jackson, has merged with Jacksonville, Fla.’s Stoneburner Berry Glocker Purcell & Greenhut, a six-attorney firm known for its banking, transactional and wealth management practices.

The merger marks Balch & Bingham’s first expansion into Florida and increases the firm’s business and financial services practices.

Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office in One Jackson has 16 attorneys and focuses on economic development, public finance, labor and employment, commercial litigation, governmental relations and commercial transactions.