This morning, Balch & Bingham bolstered a happy face in front of all the chaos and alleged institutional racism linked to the once prestigious firm by announcing in a fluffy press release the addition of 7 healthcare attorneys to their Jackson, Mississippi offices who appear to have left another Mississippi law firm, Copeland, Cook, Taylor, & Bush.
Trying to counteract the exodus of 10 money-making partners who left in January and the worst financial year on Capitol Hill in 19 years, Balch looks like they are in a state of denial, like a Toys R Us kid.
These 7 new members join a law firm where federally-indicted Balch partners Steven McKinney and Joel Gilbert worked. Gilbert is still on the payroll as of December 30, 2017.
Was this a sound move?
Will healthcare companies want to be associated with a law firm that was under FBI scrutiny in Mississippi last summer and admitted a “billing error?”
Will healthcare companies want to jeopardize their reputation by supporting and subsidizing a law firm whose partners allegedly engaged in what looks like blatant racism against African-Americans in North Birmingham and Vincent, Alabama?
Will Balch ever “wanna grow up” and end the alleged unscrupulous behavior and apologize to the African-American community and Burt Newsome?