Category Archives: Spotlight on Balch & Bingham

Run Like Hell! Another Disbarred and Disgraced Attorney Pleads for Mercy

Who says environmentalists are living saints? The sleazy, shady and corrupt dealings surrounding polluters and their enablers can also be found on the opposing table. As an alleged sexual predator scandal engulfs Balch & Bingham, another disgraced attorney in New York is pleading for mercy. Reuters reported yesterday: Disbarred lawyer Steven Donziger, who was found … Continue reading Run Like Hell! Another Disbarred and Disgraced Attorney Pleads for Mercy

Not Above the Law! Balch & Bingham, Perkins Coie, and Arnold & Porter Feel the Blistering Heat

In 2017, we, the CDLU, dispatched a letter and email to the firmwide managing partner of Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented the failed presidential campaign of former U.S. Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton. The law firm, closely tied to the Democratic Party, was allegedly behind the circulation of the infamous and unsubstantiated … Continue reading Not Above the Law! Balch & Bingham, Perkins Coie, and Arnold & Porter Feel the Blistering Heat

Ex-Balch Partner and Ex-Drummond Executive Must Report to Federal Prison Before Halloween

We are told that convicted felon and Balch-made millionaire Joel I. Gilbert and ex-Drummond Executive David Roberson must report to federal prison before the end of October. The news is devastating for Balch as they have been hammered in recent weeks by an alleged pedophile arrest of an ex-Balch attorney, who solicited a child online. … Continue reading Ex-Balch Partner and Ex-Drummond Executive Must Report to Federal Prison Before Halloween

Unholy Trinity: Pedophilia, Elderly Exploitation, and Racism. Southern Company Needs to Terminate Balch Now.

When we met in 2017 with Southern Company’s Jim Kerr, who serves as Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, he flatly told us he does not need to use Balch & Bingham and has plenty of other law firms he can utilize who could do the same work as Balch. Of course, … Continue reading Unholy Trinity: Pedophilia, Elderly Exploitation, and Racism. Southern Company Needs to Terminate Balch Now.

Fallout: Balch’s Alleged Child Predator Burns Governor Kay Ivey and Causes a SCOTUS Cringe

What in God’s name was Balch & Bingham thinking by not warning Alabama Governor Kay Ivey about alleged child predator and former Balch associate Chase T. Espy? After eight long years at the embattled law firm, Espy, according to Balch’s own mouthpiece, was terminated in September of 2020. In April, just days after the alleged … Continue reading Fallout: Balch’s Alleged Child Predator Burns Governor Kay Ivey and Causes a SCOTUS Cringe

Alleged Balch Pedophile Scandal Grows; Is Federal Probe Next?

Now sources at Balch tell us the wireless IP address at the Balch offices in Birmingham was allegedly changed last year just weeks before Espy was fired. With embattled law firm Balch & Bingham admitting they fired attorney Chase T. Espy last September after eight years at the firm, advocates have reached out to federal … Continue reading Alleged Balch Pedophile Scandal Grows; Is Federal Probe Next?

Prestigious to Egregious: Balch in Disarray After “Seeking Sex with a Child” Arrest

With the criminal arrest Wednesday night of Chase T. Espy, a former long-time Balch attorney who allegedly was seeking to have sex with a child, Balch & Bingham appears to be in disarray, and former attorneys and ex-partners are allegedly scrambling to distance themselves from the embattled firm, sources tell us. The once prestigious, silk-stocking … Continue reading Prestigious to Egregious: Balch in Disarray After “Seeking Sex with a Child” Arrest

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

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