Leaving Balch to Serve Clients “Zealously, Ethically, and Honorably”

The exodus continues at Balch & Bingham. As we alluded to this morning, we can confirm: four esteemed litigators at Balch have left the firm to form a new one, according to the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. The lawyers have made a “commitment to representing clients zealously, ethically, and honorably.” We congratulate Bruce, Spencer, Todd, … Continue reading Leaving Balch to Serve Clients “Zealously, Ethically, and Honorably”

Millions of Dollars Lost as Balch & Bingham Hemorrhages

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 2017 was one of the worst financial years since 1998 for Balch & Bingham’s lobbying team on Capitol Hill; the lowest  lobbying revenue in almost two decades. Lobbying fees dropped 36 percent compared to 2016, a difference of more than half a million dollars. In October with two … Continue reading Millions of Dollars Lost as Balch & Bingham Hemorrhages

Being the Best of the Best and not the Worst of the Worst

Yesterday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town of the Northern District of Alabama announced that 2017 saw the highest numbers of charges and highest percentage of persons sent to prison, according to a news report on al.com. Tough on violent crime, tough on criminal immigration, tough on the drug trade, Town is also the one prosecuting … Continue reading Being the Best of the Best and not the Worst of the Worst

Part 4: Money Trail Leads to Balch’s Indicted Partners

[Readers:  Please take a look at yesterday’s post. We have added an update.] Now comes the stocking stuffer. On December 26, 2017, Judge Carole Smitherman’s husband Senator Rodger Smitherman reported receiving $2,000 from BIZPAC. A few days before that, he received $500 from VPAC. (Read the campaign finance report here.) BIZPAC  is the same political … Continue reading Part 4: Money Trail Leads to Balch’s Indicted Partners

Part 3: Drummond’s Milk for Smitherman?

[Update down below.] As we pointed out last month, Senator Rodger Smitherman, the husband of  Judge Carole Smitherman received three contributions from two donors that raises the investigative question: Were donors attempting to influence the judge through her husband, or not? The contributions appear to come at critical times in the Newsome Conspiracy Case that … Continue reading Part 3: Drummond’s Milk for Smitherman?

Wolves and Vultures

One of the most interesting contacts we received before Christmas was from a prominent lawyer on the West Coast who is interested in filing a possible RICO action centered on the questionable political contributions made to Alabama State Senator Rodger Smitherman, the husband of Judge Carole Smitherman who created the secretive and unconstitutional Star Chamber … Continue reading Wolves and Vultures