Chris Balch has again been named a Super Lawyer for Local Government Law

Chris Balch has again been named a Super Lawyer for Local Government Law

The firm is proud to announce that Chris Balch has again been named a Super Lawyer for Local Government Law. Super Lawyers are designated based on anonymous recommendations of peers from across the state and are awarded in a number of practice areas, from business litigation to personal injury, from worker’s compensation to mass torts….

BLG Successfully Navigates Police and Citizen Safety, and Privacy in Groundbreaking UAS Program

BLG Successfully Navigates Police and Citizen Safety, and Privacy in Groundbreaking UAS Program

Law Enforcement Aerial Assets (known to most people as helicopters) are expensive. Expensive to buy, store, maintain, and staff. How then does a local government, trying to expand and improve the ability of their police force to respond to emergencies, accomplish that goal?Drones.Unmanned Aerial Systems, UAS or drones, are expanding into law enforcement to save…

An Echo of Thanks

An Echo of Thanks

Thanks to everyone who contributed to WCLK Jazz 91.9 FM on our behalf!!! We didn’t win this year’s Signature Serenade competition, but we did make a big difference for the station. We also had a blast being the guest DJs even with a huge technical challenge. 

The Positive Impact of Urban Redevelopment Authorities – Chris Balch in the AJC
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The Positive Impact of Urban Redevelopment Authorities – Chris Balch in the AJC

Brookhaven has discussed creating a URA for several years, City Attorney Chris Balch told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Redevelopment agencies create another financing option for developers, who can use them to access tax-free loans. In return, the redevelopment agency has negotiating power over how new projects look and feel. This can vary from the construction materials used in…

Incarcerated Transgender Individuals – Strategies for Crafting an Artful Defense

Incarcerated Transgender Individuals – Strategies for Crafting an Artful Defense

By Christopher D. Balch By some estimates, as much as ten percent of the United States population is incarcerated. The cause of this mass imprisonment may be subject to debate (a debate well beyond the scope of this article); but the fact remains that as our citizenry ages, as its demograph- ics change, and as…

Making a Difference
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Making a Difference

Chris was recently featured in Atlanta Attorney at Law magazine. – Chris Balch’s family was called to serve. His grandfather was a submarine commander and the Imperial Japa- nese Navy sank his submarine on Oct. 10, 1943 when his birth mother was almost two. His adoptive father was a Tennessee United Methodist minister and a…

Chris Balch on Brookhaven, GA’s Recent Redistricting – via Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chris Balch on Brookhaven, GA’s Recent Redistricting – via Atlanta Journal Constitution

Excerpted from an article By Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution DeKalb County’s most populous city decided to redraw its four council districts before November’s elections, but they did so without 2020 U.S. Census data. Due to the pandemic, the full dataset won’t be available until September, which is well after the state’s May 6 redistricting deadline. During Tuesday’s…

Chris Balch Named a Trustee for the Atlanta Bar Association CLE Board

Chris Balch Named a Trustee for the Atlanta Bar Association CLE Board

The firm is pleased to announce that Chris has been named a Trustee for the Atlanta Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Board. The Board is charged by the Association with managing the Continuing Education programs and the budget for those programs. The Atlanta Bar sponsors numerous cost effective continuing education programs for lawyers each year….

Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Appeal in Douglasville Environmental Case, Defended by BLG

Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Appeal in Douglasville Environmental Case, Defended by BLG

The Georgia Supreme Court today let stand a decision by the Court of Appeals that the citizens of Douglasville could lawfully withstand the construction of a rock crushing plant in their neighborhood. In a unanimous Order, the Supreme Court declined to undertake further review. In Boyd v. City of Douglasville, the project owner proposed constructing…

Chris Balch has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2021
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Chris Balch has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2021

Nominated by his clients and affirmed by his colleagues, Chris Balch has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer for 2021. This recognition is made for the quality of the advocacy and dedication to client success Chris has demonstrated throughout his career. Selection is limited to just 5% of lawyers in the state. The firm is…

Congratulations to Brookhaven on your 8th Birthday
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Congratulations to Brookhaven on your 8th Birthday

Eight years ago on the 12th of December, Brookhaven, Georgia, officially began operations as Georgia’s newest municipality. From those early days to the present, the community rallied around progressive policies of creating livable and workable spaces for all of its citizens. In that effort, the City Council has proposed and supported the creation of a Public…