Spotlight on Balch & Bingham

Texas Meltdown! Balch Closes Houston Office; Austin Crumbling; Rising Star Flees Montgomery

Balch & Bingham is in a Texas meltdown and has shut down their Houston office. Balch’s website has removed Houston from their footprint.


As we reported last month, Balch & Bingham partner Audrey F. Momanaee, who unexpectedly became the Office Managing Partner in Houston last June after four top partners and attorneys fled the firm, left the firm herself after eight months.

The news out of Austin is no better in that four Balch attorneys remain.

In 2021, Balch predicted they would grow to 25 to 30 attorneys in the Lone Star State. Instead, Balch looks like they have collapsed.

The Texas exodus appears to be fatal.


This morning, a source close to Balch & Bingham alleged that Aria Allan, a civil rights, labor, and employment attorney who joined Balch & Bingham half a decade ago, has dumped the embattled firm.

Balch’s website has erased any traces of Aria Allan’s profile from their website.

Allan was based in Montgomery. Sources claim she is headed to work at Auburn University. We wish Aria all the best in her new position. War Eagle!!

We are not surprised of the collapse and exodus as Balch has lost numerous legacy partners and seasoned professionals, only to be replaced by inexperienced junior attorneys.

And so desperate for experienced attorneys, Balch rehired and pulled a former partner out of retirement to join the firm last August.


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