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Latest News from Akridge & Balch, P.C.

August 2015 Akridge & Balch is counsel to the buyer, closing agent, and title agent in land acquisition transaction in Central Alabama for construction of new multi-family housing valued at $16,000,000.00.

June 2015 The firm is closing and title agent in the sale of an existing apartment complex in Alabama in sale transaction valued at $4,000,000.00 with new construction planned with a value of $48,000,000.00.

May 2015 Akridge & Balch is counsel to the lender in an acquisition and rehabilitation project for a hotel property located in South Alabama in a transaction valued at $5,000,000.00

April 2015 Akridge & Balch is counsel to sellers in the transfer of control of a regional franchised restaurant company in a transaction valued at $35,000,000.00  The firm continues to represent the franchisor and the company-owned units.

September 2014 Attorney Kris R. Patton joins the firm "of counsel."  Kris is presently a member of the Arkansas bar, with admission in Alabama pending.  Kris' practice has focused primarily on domestic relations, family law, and real property.  She has been a practicing attorney for over 10 years and has recently relocated to Auburn. She will also assist as needed in the multi-state transactions which the firm handles, with attorneys admitted to practice in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, District of Columbia, and now Arkansas.

September 2014 Selena Hathcock joins Akridge & Balch as our receptionist and client service specialist.  Selena comes to us from Regions Bank and grew up in Alex City.  Selena will be the initial point of contact for our clients, and will coordinate our filing system.

August 2014 Akridge & Balch is counsel to the buyer and closing agent for the acquisition and renovation of three existing fast-food restaurants in Alabama and Georgia in a transaction valued at approximately $4.5 million.

July 2014 Alicia Story joins the firm as a paralegal.  Alicia has extensive experience in real estate, and especially in REO and HUD transactions.  She will focus on our extensive commercial collections practice.

November 2013: Samantha Nelson joins the firm as Client Service Specialist.  Sam is a recent graduate of Auburn University and will focus on assisting with client relations and office support coordination.

June 2013: Cindy Prater is promoted to legal assistant, where she will focus primarily on residential real estate closings and commercial collections.

August 2012: Kimberly White is admitted to practice law in Tennessee.

July 2012: Katherine Klos is admitted to practice law in Georgia.

September 2011: Kimberly D. White joins Akridge & Balch as our latest associate attorney.  Kim was formerly Clerk to Presiding Judge Jacob A. Walker III of the Lee County Circuit Court.  A native of Opp, Alabama, Kim graduated from Troy University with highest honors and received her law degree from the University of Alabama.  Kim's practice is focused on general civil litigation, appeals, and business matters.

June 2011: Katherine Klos becomes a shareholder in the firm.  Her practice focuses on probate proceedings, estate planning, and new business formations,

May 2, 2011: F.B. Henderson joins Akridge & Balch as our newest paralegal.  F.B. has several years experience in litigation support, and will be working primarily with Russell Balch.

November, 2010: Russell Balch completes formal mediation training and becomes available for mediation sessions.  For more information, please click here.

October, 2010: Patricia Lipe joins the firm as a paralegal.  Patricia comes to us from North Alabama, with a background in real estate.  She will be working primarily with Katie Klos, Eli Beaver, and Robin Weyant.

October, 2010: A new associate has joined the firm.  Elijah T. Beaver is formerly clerk to Presiding Judge Jacob A. Walker, III, of the Lee County Circuit Court, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama Law School.

January 11, 2010: With the new RESPA rules from HUD in effect, Akridge & Balch is prepared with all information needed by lenders to complete the Good Faith Estimate form, and to provide borrowers with other provider information.  The new RESPA rule changes the HUD-1 Settlement Statement form and imposes additional disclosure requirements on lenders.

November 17, 2009: Akridge & Balch provides seminar for lenders and real estate professionals on the new HUD rules under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and new Federal Reserve Board rules under the Truth in Lending Act and the Mortgage Disclosure Improvement Act.

October 1, 2008: Casey Huddleston Corley joins the firm as an associate attorney, practicing in the areas of civil litigation, domestic relations, and general practice.

August 18, 2008: Robin M. Weyant becomes an associate, with primary concentration in property-related matters.

August 1, 2008: Casey Huddleston Corley, J.D., joins the firm as full-time law clerk, while awaiting bar exam results.

July 31, 2008: Robert H. Cochran retires from the active practice of law to accept a teaching position at Auburn University. Mr. Cochran remains of counsel to the firm.

April 28, 2008: Akidge & Balch relocates to its new building at 852 North Dean Road in Auburn.

March 2008: Eagles West Apartments sold to Capstone Development in Birmingham for more than $10 million. Akridge & Balch represented the seller, and provided title and closing services for the transaction.

August 27, 2007: Amber Shae Ford joins Akridge & Balch as our new receptionist and client service specialist. Julie Smith receives promotion to Legal Assistant.

August 20, 2007: Casey Huddleston, who interned with Akridge & Balch during the summer joins the firm as a Law Clerk. Casey is a law student at Faulkner University with her Third-Year Practice Card which allows her to provide certain legal services under Attorney supervision and with client consent.

July 2007: Multi-state student housing developer acquires property for apartment complex in Troy, Alabama. Akridge & Balch acted as counsel to the developer, assisted in assembly of multiple parcels, provided title examination, and conducted the closings.

February 2007: Cindy Prater completes the Auburn University Paralegal Certificate Course and receives her Paralegal Certification.

January 2007: Akridge & Balch acts as closing and title agent, and lender's counsel in Section 504 SBA loan transaction.

September 5, 2006: John E. Searcy, Jr. joins Akridge & Balch, P.C. as an associate attorney. Mr. Searcy was most recently law clerk to Hon. W. Keith Watkins, U.S. District Judge, Middle District of Alabama.

August 2006: Village East Self Storage sold to RPM Meadowbrook Storage, LLC. Akridge & Balch, P.C. represented the purchaser, and provided title and closing services.

2005-2006: National Shopping Center Developer utilizes credit facility with Alabama financial institution for acquisition and construction projects. Akridge & Balch, P.C. is counsel to the lender.

2006: Automotive Parts Manufacturer restructures $275 Million debt. Akridge & Balch, P.C. acted as Mississippi counsel for the Borrower.

July 22, 2005: Commercial Developer 98 Palms, Ltd. leverages Destin, Florida property to facilitate purchase of hotel property. Akridge & Balch, P.C. represented the Lender in this transaction.

July 13, 2005: Pick Rentals sells five apartment properties in Auburn to AB Partnership, LLC. Akridge & Balch, P.C. represented the purchaser and provided title and closing services to the Lender.

May 5, 2005: Magnolia Plaza, a mixed residential-commercial-retail property in downtown Auburn, is sold to RPM/Magnolia Plaza, LLC. Akridge & Balch, P.C. represented the purchaser and is providing assistance to the purchaser in conversion of the property to condominiums.

May 1, 2005: Attorney Katherine M. Klos admitted to practice in the State of Mississippi.

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