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Balch & Bingham LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

5 ranked lawyersBand 2USA - NationwideUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Recognized for its excellent regulatory expertise in the nuclear space. Offers deep knowledge on nuclear safety testing, investigations and fuel and services contracts. Further noted for capability in spent fuel litigation matters and also able to advise nuclear energy clients on whistle-blower response. Able to advise at the cutting edge of new nuclear plant development.

Strengths

Clients say: "The attorneys at Balch & Bingham are outstanding. They're prompt, thorough and professional in their services."

Interviewees report: "The firm represents their clients well, providing sound advice and ensuring the risks are well understood so that a business decision can be made. The strength of Balch is also in the broad range of expertise that can be brought to support specific needs."

Clients praise the firm's "extremely knowledgeable and very capable team."

Commentators say: "It is an excellent nuclear law firm with a dedicated team."

Sources attest: "Their client service is second to none."

Work highlights

Counseled Southern Nuclear Operating Company in its response to an NRC petition brought by Nuclear Watch South claiming that certain ITAAC pertaining to Vogtle Unit 3 could not be properly closed. The NRC dismissed the petition in a unanimous vote.

Notable practitioners

Alan Lovett is an up-and-coming attorney noted for his knowledge of an array of regulatory matters in the industry. He manages proceedings pertaining to acquisitions and license transfer as part of decommissioning efforts.
"A very bright and diligent lawyer. He is always available, very knowledgeable and very good at taking complex matters and boiling them down."

David Connelly often acts as regulatory counsel on mergers and acquisitions and is further noted for handling a range of ratemaking applications and other FERC proceedings.
"A strong, talented lawyer; he's absolutely terrific." "He makes great connections, he's cooperative and he's easy to work with."

Leslie Garrett Allen advises major operating companies in the nuclear field on a range of regulatory and compliance matters. She also has experienced handling licensing and decommissioning issues.
"A brilliant lawyer; she's a rising star of the nuclear Bar."

Stanford Blanton is a go-to counsel for owners and operators seeking expert advice on the full gamut of agency facing, general regulatory and commercial matters across the nuclear sector.
"He has a huge wealth of knowledge and is a calming influence on projects.""Highly regarded and a definitive voice on NRC regulatory and litigation matters."

Peter LeJeune has expertise spanning the regulatory requirements of nuclear plant development and related technology as well as commercial matters such as sales and investments.
"A voice of reason and an excellent negotiator. He is a great team-player and works very hard to support his clients." "Peter is knowledgeable and very competent on energy legislation."

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)


David Connelly
Band 5

Energy: Nuclear (Regulatory & Litigation)


Alan Lovett
Up and Coming
Leslie Garrett Allen
Up and Coming
M Stanford Blanton
Band 1
Peter LeJeune
Band 2