Balch & Bingham LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Recognized as one of the market leaders in Mississippi, maintaining a strong presence in energy-related transactions. Clients include national electric, gas, water and sewer utilities. Has experience acting for major pipelines on routing issues and in litigation. Equipped to provide counsel on oil and gas transactional matters as well as regulatory work.

Strengths One longstanding client describes the Balch team as "extremely accessible, nimble, and resourceful," noting that it "always delivers a well thought-out work product."

Another client appreciates the "impressive depth and breadth of understanding, and experience relevant to a regulated utility business."

Work highlights Acted for Mississippi Power Company on a range of matters pertaining to its Kemper County IGCC project.

Notable practitioners

Ben Stone possesses deep expertise in energy and utilities litigation, also regularly assisting with regulatory and transactional matters. He is described by one source as "a storehouse of knowledge" in regard to energy work in Mississippi, having practiced in the state for close to five decades.

Leo Manuel works with utility companies on a wide range of matters. Clients appreciate his "very candid and transparent" style, and that he "makes every effort to understand our perspective."

Ricky Cox is an "expert in the industry" who is valued by clients for his "excellent technical knowledge." He is also said to be "extremely effective in driving results." He represents clients in a range of utility matters, including tariff filings, project finance and development and the obtaining of regulatory approvals.

Bill Smith represents an array of retail gas distribution companies and clients from the pipeline industry, including Kinder Morgan and Southern Natural. He is sought after for his commerciality and also said to be "really good on his feet" when matters proceed to litigation. He typically assists utilities clients with high-stakes disputes and a variety of regulatory concerns.