Less than 1% of Balch’s attorneys are non-white partners. Shameful!
Balch & Bingham proved once again that institutional racism is real.
Both Kye C. Handy (pictured left) and Bea Tolsdorf (pictured right) both joined Balch & Bingham’s Jackson, Mississippi office in March of 2018 as attorneys. But yesterday, Tolsdorf was elevated to partner while Handy was not.
The embattled law firm has yet to apologize to the African-American community of North Birmingham for the criminal conduct of convicted partner Joel I. Gilbert in a bribery scheme that among other deplorable acts targeted poor African-American children.
Out of over 200 attorneys at the embattled firm, only seven are African-American or People of Color. Engaged in alleged “tokenism” each minority attorney is located in a separate office, except for Birmingham which hired a second African-American male in November of 2020 after letting go of their only African-American female attorney in Birmingham in 2019.
Only two of the minority attorneys are listed as partners, meaning that less than 1% of Balch’s attorneys are non-white partners.
Stan Blanton, the managing partner at Balch, has proved unequivocally that the firm is blind to their own institutional racism.