Embattled law firm Balch & Bingham finally made one of their most infamous African American attorneys partner.
Irving Jones, Jr., who worked with disgraced Balch-made millionaire and now federal prisoner Joel I. Gilbert, was a star witness in the North Birmingham Bribery Trial in 2018.
Jones ghost-wrote “dumbed-down” letters to be signed by African American community residents in the AstroTurf campaign to block EPA testing in North Birmingham, according to court testimony.
The effort was a success and kids in North Birmingham continue, to this day, to be poisoned by toxic soil and polluted air.
According to court proceedings and news reports at the time, Jones also infiltrated environmental group GASP’s meetings and monitored the environmental group’s social media feeds.
Jones loves to boast that he is a former counterintelligence officer, and we are sure infiltrating GASP was probably one of the most high-risk operations Irving has ever done in his incredible spy life.
We wrote about his court testimony as reported by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Archibald, who wrote, “Gilbert also asked Jones to draft a confidentiality agreement relating to [then-State Representative] Oliver Robinson. Four days before Oliver Robinson was to speak to the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, Gilbert got Robinson to sign a confidentiality agreement.”
Jones was working for Christian & Small during the criminal trial. He was rehired by Balch in November of 2018.
Now that he is partner, Irving Jones, Jr. declares to Law.com, “Strive to make yourself irreplaceable. By that, I mean commit yourself to producing your best product every time for your partners and senior associates, and take ownership over the cases to which you are assigned such that you become an integral part of case’s progression.”
So was “Irreplaceable Irving” producing the best ghost letters for Gilbert?
Was “Irreplaceable Irving” an integral part of the North Birmingham Bribery Scheme born at the offices of Balch & Bingham?
How is “Irreplaceable Irving” feeling after he appears to have sold-out the African American community of North Birmingham and is now a full-fledged partner of an alleged racist law firm whose partners are 98 percent white?