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Ex-Balch & Bingham Attorney Arrested for Child Solicitation

From alleged elderly exploitation to now accusations of child solicitation, what other scandals will batter Balch & Bingham’s reputation? AL. com reports: Chase Tristian Espy, 36, is charged with child solicitation by computer/electronic solicitation of a child, which is a Class B felony. Espy, a Birmingham attorney and former deputy general counsel in the Office … Continue reading Ex-Balch & Bingham Attorney Arrested for Child Solicitation

Balch’s Alleged Unlawful, Unsavory, and Unconscionable Misconduct Presented to U.S. Supreme Court

Burt Newsome has taken the Newsome Conspiracy Case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Unbelievable indeed! When the late Schuyler Allen Baker, Jr., Balch’s long-time General Counsel, vowed to fight to the death before settling the Newsome Conspiracy Case, did he ever believe Newsome would have the testicular fortitude to fight the embattled … Continue reading Balch’s Alleged Unlawful, Unsavory, and Unconscionable Misconduct Presented to U.S. Supreme Court

En Banc Denied Unanimously; Roberson Rushed to Hospital and Now Recovering from Emergency Surgery

The criminal convictions in the North Birmingham Bribery Scandal stand solid. Last week, the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit unanimously denied an en banc rehearing of the convictions of ex-Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert and ex-Drummond executive David Roberson. On Saturday, when David Roberson went to visit his son … Continue reading En Banc Denied Unanimously; Roberson Rushed to Hospital and Now Recovering from Emergency Surgery

Summer Break

We wish to let our dear readers know that we will be back the week of August 9th. Please enjoy your summer break and we’ll have more news and insightful reports next month. Until then, we wish you and your families a happy, enjoyable, and safe summer.

Balch Loses 27% of Local Attorneys, Millions in Fees; Alleged Inexperience Plagues Embattled Firm

After Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert was convicted on all six federal criminal counts three years ago, Balch & Bingham clients fled. Top money-making partners jumped ship. Through our efforts, 18 of 18 top lobbying clients dumped the embattled firm. Balch not only lost millions in lobbying fees, they also lost numerous clients … Continue reading Balch Loses 27% of Local Attorneys, Millions in Fees; Alleged Inexperience Plagues Embattled Firm

Three Years Later, Balch Partner’s Criminal Conviction Stings Three Stooges

Three years ago today, Balch-made millionaire and esteemed partner Joel I. Gilbert was convicted on all six-federal charges, including bribery and money laundering. Will Gilbert be reporting to prison soon, now that he has lost his appeal? If Gilbert had reported to prison during his appeal, due to COVID-19, he probably would have been released … Continue reading Three Years Later, Balch Partner’s Criminal Conviction Stings Three Stooges

Lackeys: Alabama’s Unconstitutional and Secret Star Chambers

“Luckily, legislatures make laws, not courthouse lackeys on the fly.” –Kyle Whitmire, AL.com Where are the open courts of Alabama? During the Newsome Conspiracy Case, we observed that Judge Carole Smitherman created a secretive “Star Chamber” where alleged criminal acts, perjury, and unsavory conduct were hidden from public view; and all hearings, pleadings, and oral arguments were held … Continue reading Lackeys: Alabama’s Unconstitutional and Secret Star Chambers

Pimps of Mississippi: Balch, the Evictor and Collector, Now Processing Housing Assistance

Undoubtedly an absolute conflict of interest. On their website, Balch & Bingham boasts, “Commercial landlords look to Balch for representation in evicting tenants and collecting unpaid rent.” Balch also relishes their collection efforts, writing, “Balch is knowledgeable and experienced in locating assets and using garnishments, sheriff/marshal sales, and other collection tactics to turn a judgment … Continue reading Pimps of Mississippi: Balch, the Evictor and Collector, Now Processing Housing Assistance

Balch and the Mississippi Rental Assistance Flop

What in heaven’s name is Balch, a well-connected but alleged racist law firm, processing housing assistance for homebuyers? Mississippi and its two largest counties received $200 million in federal Covid-19 relief funds to cover back rent, with the aim of preventing evictions, according to NBC News. “But the vast majority of that money has not been spent, … Continue reading Balch and the Mississippi Rental Assistance Flop

Prosecutorial Abuse of Power? Disgraced ex-U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town’s Alleged Misconduct Becomes a Tinderbox

Our sources in Washington, D.C. tell us that famed Baltimore legal powerhouse Venable appears to be engaged in looking into the alleged framing and set up of “fall guy” and ex-Drummond executive David Roberson, whose criminal lawyers rejected a no-brainer full-immunity deal with federal prosecutors. As readers may recall, Balch & Bingham hired Venable in … Continue reading Prosecutorial Abuse of Power? Disgraced ex-U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town’s Alleged Misconduct Becomes a Tinderbox

Racial Reckoning? African-American Attorney Leaves Balch & Bingham After Only Eight Months

With about one percent of their partners being people of color, Balch & Bingham’s claims of “diversity and inclusion” smells worse than a manure lagoon. Now attorney Stephen Phillip McKitt, an African-American who joined Balch & Bingham last November, has left the alleged racist firm after only eight months. McKitt recently joined the prestigious Akerman … Continue reading Racial Reckoning? African-American Attorney Leaves Balch & Bingham After Only Eight Months

Doesn’t Smell Right! Fighting Balch’s Alleged Elderly Exploitation Scandal; U.S. Attorney Vows Justice for Seniors

The fight continues. In May of 2020, the publication Alabama Today caused a firestorm with the incredible and shocking audio recordings of a Balch & Bingham attorney Amy Davis Adams and Jefferson County Conservator Greg Hawley talking with 88-year old Joann Bashinsky, known as Mrs. B. Ridiculously claiming Mrs. B could lose her home, run … Continue reading Doesn’t Smell Right! Fighting Balch’s Alleged Elderly Exploitation Scandal; U.S. Attorney Vows Justice for Seniors

As Investigations Probe Political Misconduct by Trump DOJ, Alabama Becomes Ground Zero

After four years of blogging on the alleged corruption in Alabama, we believe the egregious misconduct by the “Trump machine” in Alabama will become a national embarrassment. Media and investigators can easily probe disgraced ex-U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jay E. Town, who appears to have acted as a political agent for … Continue reading As Investigations Probe Political Misconduct by Trump DOJ, Alabama Becomes Ground Zero

Immunity Deal Comes Back to Bite “Confused” General Counsel at Drummond

[This post originally appeared on November 10, 2020. Now that David Roberson’s $75 million civil case has been sealed in its entirety, the court procedings and documents are unavailable. However, the no-brainer immunity deal that was declined is the talk of outside observers.] In 2017, the criminal defense team of ex-Drummond Executive David Roberson allegedly … Continue reading Immunity Deal Comes Back to Bite “Confused” General Counsel at Drummond

Balch Defends “Public Nuisance” that Burns Toxic Wooden Rail Ties in Georgia

Sometimes we shake our heads in disbelief. Balch & Bingham, which appears to believe a news release is suffice to cover up their alleged racist and possible criminal conduct, has demonstrated, repeatedly, truly foolish decisions that appear to hurt the firm. Law360.com reports: Georgia Renewable Power Co. has been hit with nearly two dozen lawsuits … Continue reading Balch Defends “Public Nuisance” that Burns Toxic Wooden Rail Ties in Georgia