Upon graduation from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law with honors in 1992, Mr. Balch clerked for United States District Judge Duross Fitzpatrick. His duties and responsibilities in Chambers brought him intimate knowledge and understanding of federal civil rights statutes and their litigation. Assisting with over 15 jury trials and more than a dozen non-jury trials during his two-year clerkship, Mr. Balch learned important lessons for the young lawyer on preparation, integrity, and tenacity.
His career defending public officials and individuals began immediately after his clerkship. While still in Macon he successfully defended claims against the Historic New Perry Hotel, Dougherty County, Georgia, the City of Macon, and many individuals and companies around Middle and South Georgia. After moving to Atlanta in 1996, he continued to represent counties and school districts, businesses and individuals. His successes quickly earned him speaking slots before continuing legal education audiences. He has presented papers for the Defense Research Institute, the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Ohio Association of Civil Defense Attorneys, and clients around the country. His publications have appeared in scholarly journals and association publications nationally.
Mr. Balch is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Trial Courts in Georgia.