Unindicted Masterminds? Alabama Power Briefed Regularly

The tiny environmental group GASP, the alleged intended target of the “brilliant” North Birmingham bribery scheme, is digging into the federal criminal trial evidence from 2018 meticulously. And what have they found? More evidence that appears to show that Alabama Power was being regularly briefed about the scheme. Unindicted co-conspirators or unindicted masterminds? In an … Continue reading Unindicted Masterminds? Alabama Power Briefed Regularly

Blue Origin: Balch & Bingham’s Biggest Loss

[This post was published a year ago on February 7, 2019. Now with $25.2 billion budgeted for NASA and a piece of the pie being allocated to Blue Origin, Balch & Bingham’s Birmingham baggage appears to have truly caused a horrific loss.] The headlines in late January were a kick in the stomach: Blue Origin … Continue reading Blue Origin: Balch & Bingham’s Biggest Loss

Balch & Bingham’s Atlanta Office Could Join Mega-Merger: Troutman Pepper

They hurt. They really hurt. The embarrassing and compromising photos of Balch & Bingham’s former partner and now CEO of sister-wife Alabama Power Mark A. Crosswhite apparently paying for drinks with Birmingham’s U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town has rocked the establishment in Birmingham. Making a mockery of the legal system and affirming the feeling of … Continue reading Balch & Bingham’s Atlanta Office Could Join Mega-Merger: Troutman Pepper

Town and Crosswhite Mocked and Humiliated

Members of the U.S. Department of Justice are in disbelief.  U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, we are told, is rattled and in disbelief.  The photos are beyond humiliating! Mocked inside the Beltway, Mountain Brook,  and on Goat Hill, now comes the satirical cartoon showing how corruption is about to swallow Town and Crosswhite. And the … Continue reading Town and Crosswhite Mocked and Humiliated

Fallout: Crosswhite Out as Chair of Business Council of Alabama

Last Tuesday, insiders at the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) gave us a heads up that something was going to happen after the jaw-dropping photographs of Alabama Power CEO Mark Crosswhite and U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town surfaced showing them having drinks at the Moon Shine Lounge. As another observer told us vulgarly about the … Continue reading Fallout: Crosswhite Out as Chair of Business Council of Alabama

19 Years of Advocacy

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the founding of our public charity, the CDLU. The late Hortensia Magaña and K.B. Forbes founded the organization in 2001 after numerous other public charities refused, out of fear, to tackle the powerful hospital sector for price-gouging uninsured minorities. Without fear, the CDLU has vigorously fought for inherent goodness, … Continue reading 19 Years of Advocacy

Secret Deal? Alabama Power was “Unmentionable” During Corruption Trial

The fallout over the jaw-dropping photos of Mark Crosswhite’s meeting with U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town has shattered the glass house and loosened tight lips. We learned yesterday about the alleged secret deal between Alabama Power and Town: During the criminal trial of Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert and Drummond executive David Roberson … Continue reading Secret Deal? Alabama Power was “Unmentionable” During Corruption Trial

Jaw-Dropping Photos: Mark A. Crosswhite’s Meeting with U.S. Attorney Rocks Alabama Power

Stuffed in an unmarked, unlabeled manila envelope, several 8 X 10 photos appear to confirm what ex-Drummond Company Executive and “fall guy” David Roberson has repeatedly declared: Before Roberson was indicted, his friend Mike Cole had told Roberson that Cole and Alabama Power’s CEO Mark A. Crosswhite had a meeting with the U.S. Attorney for … Continue reading Jaw-Dropping Photos: Mark A. Crosswhite’s Meeting with U.S. Attorney Rocks Alabama Power

Free-Falling: Balch Eyed by Competitors; More Defections Coming?

Like vultures, the competitors of Balch & Bingham are eyeing specific practice groups and talent at the embattled firm, ready to scoop up veteran partners and money-makers. Hiring the best and brightest, competitors may begin to target Balch’s satellite offices in other states and pick up some terrific talent like Richard E. Glaze who left … Continue reading Free-Falling: Balch Eyed by Competitors; More Defections Coming?

Ruining a Rival becomes Ruining Themselves

[This post originally appeared on January 15, 2018. With the recent departure of Balch & Bingham’s first-ever Chief Compliance Officer Steve Feaga, and legacy partner Jesse S. Vogtle, Jr. and three other money-making partners, this post has become even more relevant.] As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remember the struggles for … Continue reading Ruining a Rival becomes Ruining Themselves

Shock: Balch’s First-Ever Chief Compliance Officer Out

Stephen P. Feaga, a pillar of integrity who had served the Deputy Director of Enforcement and Litigation at the Alabama Securities Commission before joining Balch & Bingham in 2018, has left the embattled firm. He was Balch’s first-ever Chief Compliance Officer. Some may ask: If a law firm refuses to comply with “the highest ethical … Continue reading Shock: Balch’s First-Ever Chief Compliance Officer Out

Suicide of Balch & Bingham?

How much has Balch lost now in the aggregate? $5 million? $9 million? $12 million? or even $20 million? The news at Balch was an earthquake, a shock—equal to a die-hard Alabama fan dumping the Crimson Tide for Auburn after three decades. Legacy partner Jesse S. Vogtle, Jr., after 31 years, and his money-making team … Continue reading Suicide of Balch & Bingham?

No Rx Coverage: Drummond’s Horrific Betrayal

After David Roberson, the Vice President of Government Affairs at Drummond Company, was convicted allegedly because of Balch & Bingham’s untruthful legal advice, Drummond issued a public statement calling him a “man of integrity” and vowed to support him. Behind closed doors, Drummond allegedly promised to provide Roberson with legal representation, full-salary compensation, and health … Continue reading No Rx Coverage: Drummond’s Horrific Betrayal

Crippling Blow: Vogtle and Three Seasoned Partners Leave Balch & Bingham

A crippling blow: Jesse S. Vogtle, Jr., the long-time Balch & Bingham partner, and three of his fellow partners have left the embattled firm, according to a report this late afternoon in the Birmingham Business Journal. Vogtle symbolized the longtime relationship between Alabama Power and Balch & Bingham. Vogtle was at Balch for over 31 … Continue reading Crippling Blow: Vogtle and Three Seasoned Partners Leave Balch & Bingham

Happy New Year! Balch & Bingham Dumped

What a terrible way to start 2020. Balch & Bingham, which tried to rehabilitate their Washington D.C. lobbying practice last November, saw two lobbying clients dump the firm in recent days. According to a January 9th report in Politico.com, Northern Star Generation, one of two major clients left in D.C., terminated the firm. The writing … Continue reading Happy New Year! Balch & Bingham Dumped