The Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor is published by Balch & Bingham LLP, a corporate law firm with offices across the Southeast and in Washington, D.C. The Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor serves as a resource on notable court decisions, legislation, and administrative rule-makings that affect the financial industry in the firm’s footprint states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. The blog offers timely and relevant insights, alongside practical commentary and analysis from members of Balch’s Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.


Gregory C. Cook | Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor | Balch
Gregory C. Cook 

Gregory is a partner in Balch & Bingham’s Birmingham office and serves as chair of the Financial Services Litigation Practice Group. His practice centers on commercial litigation, with a concentration on complex litigation. Since joining Balch & Bingham LLP in 1991, Mr. Cook has focused his practice in the area of business and financial services litigation, including concentrating on class action defense (he has been involved in defending over 60 class actions). More recently, Mr. Cook has defended a number of actions and class actions arising out of the mortgage and subprime crisis, including matters for loan servicers, lenders, title insurance agents and settlement services providers. Mr. Cook is listed in Best Lawyers in commercial litigation, has been rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell and was selected by Super Lawyers in Business Litigation.]

Matthew B. Ames | Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor | Balch
Matthew B. Ames 

Matt is a Partner in Balch & Bingham’s Atlanta, GA office. He specializes in resolving business disputes and represents clients in a wide array of cases in state and federal courts. Matthew is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice includes all facets of business litigation. His specific areas of focus are financial services litigation, intellectual property, and shareholder disputes.

Geremy W. Gregory | Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor | BalchGeremy W. Gregory 

Geremy is an attorney based in Balch & Bingham’s Jacksonville, FL office. Licensed in both Florida and Georgia, Geremy represents financial institutions in state and federal courts from Miami to North Georgia. He is experienced in handling lender liability claims, FDCPA, FCRA, identity theft, wrongful foreclosure, and claims asserted under the Uniform Commercial Code.

Adam Israel | Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor | Balch
Adam Israel 

Adam is an attorney in Balch & Bingham’s Birmingham office. Adam’s practice primarily centers on financial services litigation, general commercial litigation, and appellate litigation in both federal and state court. Adam has represented lenders in a variety of contexts, including suits regarding real estate title disputes, card processing disputes, promissory note disputes, and securities-related disputes.

Brant Pettis | Southeast Financial Litigation Monitor | BalchBrant Pettis 

Brant is a Partner in Balch & Bingham’s Gulfport, MS office and represents businesses in a variety of litigation matters. Brant’s practice focuses on commercial disputes and financial services litigation, including breach of contract and shareholder disputes, and the defense of individual and class actions for statutory and state law claims, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, fraud and identity theft.