M. Stanford Blanton - Balch & Bingham LLP
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M. Stanford Blanton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

M. STANFORD BLANTON serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee and is a member of the Energy Practice Group. His practice is focused on the representation of the owners, operators and purchasers of electric generating facilities, with special emphasis on nuclear development, regulation and policy. Blanton represents the owner and operator of the first new nuclear reactors ordered in the United States in thirty years on matters ranging from the formation and implementation of contracts for the design and construction of the facilities to the applications for the early site permit and combined operating license for the facilities. He has represented owners and operators of nuclear reactors in matters involving acquisitions of nuclear reactors, renewal of plant licenses, fuel cycle issues and enforcement proceedings and investigations. He also represents several utilities in the prosecution of claims against the United States Government arising out of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, and regularly provides clients and industry groups with advice regarding nuclear policy matters before the Congress and federal agencies. Blanton has also represented the firm's clients in matters before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Alabama Public Service Commission. He is also experienced in non-energy construction matters, ranging from the development of design and construction contract documents to the resolution of disputes.

The University of AlabamaBS 1980The University of AlabamaMBA 1980The University of AlabamaJ.D. 1983
ABA Public Utility Communications and Transportation Section

Case History

Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4 — Lead licensing and commercial counsel for 1st new nuclear units to be licensed and constructed in the United States since the 1970s, including lead counsel in $ 900 million dispute with Contractor.
Southern Nuclear Operating Co. et. al. vs. United States — Lead counsel for large electric utility companies in pursuing claims for $85 million in damages against United States Government for breach of contract.
Texas Genco Acquistion — Nuclear licensing counsel for the $ 4 billion  acquisition of electric generating facilities.  

Office Location

1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 1500
Birmingham, AL 35203-4642
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Birmingham Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Government Relations Practice of the Birmingham Metro Area
M. Stanford Blanton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!M. Stanford Blanton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Energy Law
Government Relations Practice