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Chris’ Recent Article in For the Defense

Defending Land-Use Cases When the Elected Official Is the Problem What to Do When They Say Something They Shouldn’t Have By Christopher D. Balch A well-conducted investigation will go a long way to helping a defense, but it is as much about public relations as about finding the truth and protecting public trust. Do the…

IMLA – Small / Rural Communities Presentation: Taming the Hydra: Managing the tasks, demands, and goals of a public client

IMLA – Small / Rural Communities Presentation: Taming the Hydra: Managing the tasks, demands, and goals of a public client

International Municipal Lawyers Association Mid-Year Seminar, Washington, D.C. Sunday, March 31, 2019 Presented by Chris Balch & Lori Gonzalez Moderator: Douglas Haney Your bosses are ostensibly the elected body. But, you get assignments, direction, and demands from department heads (and sometimes supervisors), the administration, and the elected body. Keeping track of the competing, overlapping, and (often) conflicting…

Balch Law Group Parnters with City in Historic First Step Toward Greenspace and Alternative Transportation Solutions
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Balch Law Group Parnters with City in Historic First Step Toward Greenspace and Alternative Transportation Solutions

The City Of Brookhaven, Georgia held the historic groundbreaking for Phase I of the Peachtree Creek Greenway on December 12, 2018. The Peachtree Creek Greenway will stretch 1.27 miles from North Druid Hills Road to Briarwood Road to include a series of paved multi-purpose trails and promenade trails. When Phase I and II are complete,…

IMLA, Houston – Challenges at your Local Government Council Meeting: From the Elected Official to Disruptive Speakers
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IMLA, Houston – Challenges at your Local Government Council Meeting: From the Elected Official to Disruptive Speakers

Chris’ presented on the issue of disruptive speakers at local government council meetings, including a discussion of the Supreme Court’s recent case in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach.

Professionalism & Crisis Management: Not losing your cool when all around you are losing theirs
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Professionalism & Crisis Management: Not losing your cool when all around you are losing theirs

Presented by Chris Balch at the 65th Annual City & County Attorneys Institute. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, September 13 & 14, 2018 Seven years ago, when I first spoke on the topic of crisis management and the 24/7 news cycle, I focused on the outside risks of misfeasance coming to light: camera phones, investigative…

Chris Balch Named Local Government Fellow of the International Municipal Lawyers Association

Chris Balch Named Local Government Fellow of the International Municipal Lawyers Association

The Balch Law Group is proud to announce that its Managing Partner, Chris Balch, has been named as a Local Government Fellow of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. The Fellows program recognizes practitioners with experience, training, and service to local governments around the world. The recognition requires an exhaustive application process which is vetted by…

Next Phase of CHOA Continues – Negotiated by BLG
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Next Phase of CHOA Continues – Negotiated by BLG

Work continues on the next phase of the $1.5 Billion healthcare campus being constructed by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as part of the Community Investment Agreement negotiated by the Balch Law Group. The region’s finest facility for the treatment and care of children opened the first of three new buildings with the ribbon cutting at…

CHOA’s New Campus in Brookhaven

CHOA’s New Campus in Brookhaven

“Our partnership with Children’s allows us to accelerate several key projects of vital importance to Brookhaven, while retaining and growing one of our largest employers,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst in a prepared statement. “Children’s campus is going to change our community in a positive way, but this cannot compare to the life changing effect…

Atlanta Hawks Player Development Facility Opens – Made Possible by BLG
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Atlanta Hawks Player Development Facility Opens – Made Possible by BLG

On November 30, 2017, the culmination of nearly 2 years of work concluded with the official opening of the Atlanta Hawks Player Development Facility. The NBA team came to Brookhaven based on its location, access to transportation hubs, and business friendly atmosphere established by the founders of the City in 2012. The Facility, a joint…