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 blatant corruption behind closed doors, the photos illustrate why numerous, high-caliber, money-making partners with spectacular reputations have left the embattled law firm, including legacy partner Jesse S. Vogtle, Jr.
In recent days, Balch & Bingham has tried pathetically to put a happy face on all the horrific news with more P.R. fluff by announcing the opening of a “Houston office” with one full-time attorney and one part-time attorney who will split time between Houston and Birmingham.
Will the one-and-a-half be working out of a Starbucks off Beltway 8?
Now comes news that Troutman Sanders, one of Atlanta’s major, powerhouse law firms, is merging with Pepper Hamilton of Philadelphia, creating a Top 50 giant.
Like Balch, Troutman Sanders has served as a key law firm for Southern Company and its subsidiaries. Years ago, Balch arrived to Atlanta and planted its flag in Troutman Sanders territory irritating the powerful firm and allegedly trying to “steal” or steer away more Southern Company legal work.
In recent days, Troutman Sanders is expanding its operations even in the shadow of the mega-merger coming April 1, 2020.
Will this expansion include Balch & Bingham partners in Atlanta?
Balch & Bingham allegedly tried to “steal” competitor Burt Newsome’s legal work servicing banks; yet, the foolish plan completely backfired. Newsome is now a hero in the legal community for not taking it on the chin from the bullies at Balch & Bingham.
Ironically, the same could be said in Atlanta. Years ago, Balch & Bingham allegedly tried to “steal” competitor Troutman Sanders’s legal work in Atlanta.
Last year, we wrote that Balch’s entire footprint appears to have Athlete’s foot.
The partners at the satellite offices at Balch & Bingham need to assess their future free of Balch & Bingham’s Birmingham baggage.
Troutman Pepper could be the perfect place to call “my office.”
In the meantime, order a Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte and get ready to make your move.