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About Chris Balch

Chris Balch has more than 25 years of experience bridging gaps and building consensus so local government leaders can navigate complex legal matters, encourage economic development, and foster community investment. Chris comes from a long line of social justice advocates and decorated veterans. Himself a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and Good Conduct Medal, Chris brings the skills, discipline and mission focus he learned to the challenges and opportunities your community faces.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Mercer University School of Law. He clerked for United States District Judge Duross Fitzpatrick in the Middle District of Georgia for two years before entering private practice. He moved to Atlanta in 1996.

Chris is also an acknowledged and sought-after expert and speaker at programs for local government lawyers across the country. His legal scholarship regularly appears in newsletters and professional journals. He is the only International Municipal Lawyers Association Local

Government Fellow in Georgia. A member of the Defense Research Institute since 1996, Chris currently serves as the Publications Chair for the Governmental Liability Committee.

Professional Affiliations

Atlanta Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Board, Trustee

IMLA Local Government Fellow

IMLA Georgia State Chair

IMLA Small and Rural Communities Co-Chair (2017-19)

IMLA Annual Meeting Host Committee Co-Chair (2018-19)

GMA City Attorney Section Vice Chair (2018-19)

GMA City Attorney Section Chair (2019-20)

GMA Board of Directors (2019-20)