2018-03-21 / Front Page

Balkcom seeking judgeship


Henry Balkcom Henry Balkcom Judge Henry L. Balkcom IV has announced his intention to run for Superior Court Judge in the Pataula Judicial Circuit. Judge Joe C. Bishop will not seek re-election of the office that he has held for over 25 years.

Balkcom is a sixth generation Quitman Countian and the oldest of five children born to Henry and Cynthia Balkcom. Balkcom was the valedictorian of the 1989 graduating class of the Lakeside School in Eufaula, Ala. He followed his father’s footsteps to Georgia Tech where he received a bachelor of civil engineering degree in 1994.

From Georgia Tech, Balkcom managed construction projects for Hardin Construction Group in Atlanta. After working in the commercial construction industry for two years, Balkcom entered the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon where he was on the Moot Court Board and graduated in the top of his class.

During his last year of law school, he met his wife, the former Claudia Powell Dixon of Eufaula. The two were married and Balkcom began practicing law in Atlanta with Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP from 2000 to 2007 as a member of the firm’s construction law group. There his practice concentrated on the litigation of commercial construction disputes.

During his tenure at Smith Gambrell, Claudia and Henry were blessed with five children, including triplets. Feeling the need to move closer to home and family, Balkcom transitioned his law practice to Georgetown in 2007.

Balkcom was elected Probate Judge in 2012. As a member of the Council of Probate Court Judges, he has served on the legislative affairs committee and been a mentor to new probate court judges. He resigned as Probate Judge of Quitman County on March 5, 2018 to run for Judge of the Superior Court.

Balkcom has been married to Claudia for 18 years and they have five children: Eleanor (14), Henry (14), Powell (14), Lily (13) and Dixon (11). Balkcom’s love for family and home has also given him a love for the people of Southwest Georgia and the Pataula Circuit and he is excited about the prospect of serving the people of the Pataula Circuit.

The Pataula Judicial Circuit is comprised of the counties of Clay, Early, Miller, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole and Terrell.

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