Among other efforts in the case, she led a team of seven who collected evidence by going to different stores to buy groceries, which the firm later donated to food pantries, she said.
Balding said her job takes strong organizational skills and, with a lot of last-minute tasks, the ability to handle stress.
As a way of relieving stress, she said she joins friends she’s made through various quilters guilds in making quilts for wounded soldiers who return to the U.S., quilts for soldiers in Afghanistan and quilts for preemie babies at the various hospitals.
“It feels good to do something for someone else, and it’s calming and relaxing,” Balding said.
Crowe & Dunlevy directors Michael Laird and Brooke Murphy praise Balding’s five decades of service.
“For 50 years, Jo Balding has invested her intelligence, savvy, courage and wit in this firm and in the clients we serve. She has truly been the professionalism benchmark by which so many others who have come after her are judged,” Laird said.
“She understands the importance of strict attention to detail for each client matter on which she assists our attorneys,” Murphy said, “and she has dedicated her career to consistently maintaining high standards.”