As the exodus of money-making Balch partners made headlines in the past two weeks, Balch’s public relations department dispatched what looks like deceptive, inaccurate fluff. On January 24th, Balch wrote in a news release, “Balch & Bingham LLP is pleased to announce that BTI Consulting Group has recognized the firm as a leader in client … Continue reading Balch’s P.R. Fluff Won’t End the Fallout
Why is Balch & Bingham still following the path of Oliver Robinson, Joel Gilbert, Steven McKinney and others instead of stopping this alleged cycle of corruption and unsavory conduct? The cartoon below is satirical but has elements of truth. The questionable first-time contributions to Judge Carole Smitherman’s husband State Senator Rodger Smitherman has been the … Continue reading Balch’s Waterloo?
Good morning from the Windy City where the CDLU will be meeting with surgeons and others to help Blanca Blancas obtain a hopeful and ground-breaking treatment in an attempt to save her life. That is what the CDLU is truly about: helping the sick and the dying. What we thought would be an easy task … Continue reading Blanca Blancas versus the Brookies
So did Sessions talk to Mueller about the Russians in his backyard and his cozy relationship with Balch & Bingham? Balch & Bingham’s relationship with and lobbying efforts on behalf of Russian-linked, Huntsville-based aerospace company Black Hall Aerospace, Inc. a/k/a AAL USA, Inc. may be under a growing microscope. In November of 2015, Balch successfully … Continue reading Palace Intrigue: What did Sessions tell Mueller?
The number of website sessions yesterday was record breaking for us. The interest in the troubles and alleged unsavory conduct of Balch & Bingham has skyrocketed. Thank you for your readership. Now comes the breaking news story of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions undergoing hours of questioning last week by the Office of the Special … Continue reading Sessions and Sessions
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”
More Balch & Bingham partners are preparing to leave today, tossing loyalty to the firm overboard. We have received tens of thousands of visitors on our site, and last week was record breaking internet traffic for the week. Even on the days with no new posts, the traffic was off the charts. We now understand … Continue reading Unprecedented Interest and Rumblings of Discontent
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
The hemorrhaging continues at Balch & Bingham. This afternoon the Birmingham Business Journal broke the story about six new members that have joined the Maynard, Cooper & Gayle law firm. All six are former partners at Balch & Bingham. The exodus of a half-dozen former Balch partners primarily comes from the public finance practice with … Continue reading Exodus of Balch Partners Rocks Birmingham
As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remember the struggles for equality in the decade of the 1960s. We also recall the Alabama Supreme Court decision from 1961 which Balch & Bingham used to justify their unconscionable interference in Burt Newsome’s livelihood. In their 2016 amended motion for summary judgment, Balch wrote … Continue reading Ruining a Rival becomes Ruining Themselves
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
As the more we learn about Balch & Bingham’s new and first-ever Chief Compliance Officer Steve Feaga, the more we like what we hear. We truly wish him the best to save the firm from the year of embarrassing troubles. We recently communicated at length with the office of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III … Continue reading Will Feaga Cooperate with Special Counsel Mueller?
[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
[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?
It’s back. The website run by the Soviet-born owner of Russian-linked aerospace company AAL USA Inc. a/k/a Black Hall Aerospace Inc. that had been shut down days after a national story appeared in Real Clear Investigations, has been brought back to life three months later. Balch & Bingham used to lobby for the Russian-linked aerospace … Continue reading Balch, the Russians, and Smitherman