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Another Blow: Globe Life Terminates Balch & Bingham

On Friday, Politico.com reported that Globe Life has terminated the embattled law firm Balch & Bingham as their lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

Balch saw 18 of 18 major clients terminate the firm between 2017 and 2020 due in part to our educational and advocacy efforts.

According to Open Secrets, Balch appears to have garnered five newer, monthly paying lobbying clients: two utilities out of Texas, O’Neal Industries, Scatr LLC, and McWane, their highest paying client.

Currently, two former Balch attorneys are sitting in federal prison; one for bribery and money laundering, the other for possession of kiddie porn.

The criminal convictions appear to have hindered the development of clients and provoked the exodus of top money-making partners and attorneys.

Balch’s Houston office was gutted this summer when four Balch lawyers jumped ship.

Balch was forced to bring a former partner out of retirement apparently because the brightest legal minds allegedly do not want to be associated with or work for Balch.

Balch partner Joel I. Gilbert is serving a five year sentence for bribery while former Balch attorney Chase T. Espy (right) is serving over an eight year sentence for possession of kiddie porn.


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