Did Balch Use or Abuse Alabama Power?

As we reviewed the Robinson Bribery Case, which involves a bribery scheme surrounding the North Birmingham CERCLA/Superfund site, we found an interesting fact that we believe may cause another Balch client, Alabama Power, to scream foul. Former Balch lobbyist Jeffrey H. Wood, the current acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources … Continue reading Did Balch Use or Abuse Alabama Power?

Is Alabama Power Ready to Cut the Ropes with Balch?

Demonstrating how toxic Balch & Bingham ‘s reputation has become, the Board of Directors of Alabama Power promoted two former Balch & Bingham partners but intentionally avoided mentioning their prior association with the embattled law firm in a press release. Promoting former Balch attorney Alexia Borden to Senior Vice President and  General Counsel, the release … Continue reading Is Alabama Power Ready to Cut the Ropes with Balch?

Now a Liability? Balch’s Success in Changing Russian Sanctions

The Washington Post made a strong observation as they wrote about Russian ties to the President’s orbit of advisors. “While Trump has sought to dismiss these Russia ties as insignificant, or characterized the people involved in them as peripheral figures, it has now become clear that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III views at least … Continue reading Now a Liability? Balch’s Success in Changing Russian Sanctions

Stiers Jumps Ship; Firms Terminating Balch & Bingham as Lobbyists

[UPDATE: Politico.com quotes Stiers as saying, “The Balch platform is great for energy and environmental issues but my portfolio doesn’t sync with that.” Come on! Stiers worked for Balch for 20 years, and he just figured out he was out of sync? We actually think bribery allegations, federal indictments, criminal conspiracies, and website scrubs didn’t … Continue reading Stiers Jumps Ship; Firms Terminating Balch & Bingham as Lobbyists

Forensic Audit of Russian-Linked Black Hall Aerospace

Concealment, perpetuation, and personal gain.  Those words ought to sound familiar to prosecutors at the Office of Special Counsel of the U.S. Justice Department. On May 23, 2017, Balch & Bingham attempted to deceive the public and Politico.com of their lobbying efforts on behalf of Russian-linked Black Hall Aerospace, saying they “previous represented” the firm … Continue reading Forensic Audit of Russian-Linked Black Hall Aerospace

Balch & Bingham’s Prophylactic Hypocrisy

In February of 2015, when the Newsome Conspiracy Case was at its infancy, Balch and alleged other co-conspirators vehemently fought the sealing of the case. Balch attorneys wrote at the time: “While Plaintiffs couch their motion as a prophylactic measure to ‘protect’ the reputations of the attorneys involved in this lawsuit, neither Cooper or B&B … Continue reading Balch & Bingham’s Prophylactic Hypocrisy

Who on Balch’s Executive Committee knew about the Bribery Scheme?

“Excitement comes from knowing what to expect,” screams the Balch & Bingham web site. Not exactly, especially when it involves federal investigators. Yesterday, two Balch & Bingham partners pled not guilty in federal court and each posted a $5,000 bond in relationship to the Robinson Bribery Scheme. Indicted Balch partner Steven McKinney, who served as … Continue reading Who on Balch’s Executive Committee knew about the Bribery Scheme?

AT&T Letter: Perjury or Intentional Obstruction of Justice?

The Newsome Conspiracy Case highlights what appears to be unethical, maybe even criminal behavior. The letter sent to AT&T in early 2016 appears to have been sent to prevent phone records from being released to Newsome’s legal team. The claims in the letter justifying the withholding of information are knowingly 100% false: there was no … Continue reading AT&T Letter: Perjury or Intentional Obstruction of Justice?