An illegal immigration case has caused a brewing debate at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit over criminal sentencing to boil over.
An illegal immigration case has caused a brewing debate at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit over criminal sentencing to boil over.
A college class taught by a prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney has some advice for the justice system about how to avoid deadly confrontations between citizens and police.
The holiday is still six months away, but Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. has already started growing the beard that will have become a snowy, chest-length cloud by Christmas Day, when he assumes his annual role of Santa Claus at Egleston Children's Hospital.
Georgia State University College of Law's new international arbitration center, which will open in September, has hired an international lawyer, Y. Grace Ha, as its first fellow. She will help develop programs and operating protocols.
The president of the Council of Municipal Court Judges has instructed her members to follow their ethical obligations in regard to the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
For law school graduates still seeking a job, Thomaston, Georgia, is the place to go—at least according to a data-analytics website called GoodCall.com, which offers information about scholarships, schools and jobs.
Two Atlanta employment lawyers voiced opposing reactions to the U.S. Department of Labor's proposed expansion of how many workers are entitled to overtime wages, one hailing it as much needed and the other decrying it as bad for businesses.
A Fulton County jury ordered a local lawyer to pay $1.5 million to a pair of investors whose money disappeared along with their dreams of a big payoff from a failed Costa Rican resort.
An Atlanta law firm says The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas should return $3.35 million the firm's attorney wired to the casino-hotel without its knowledge.
In this article, we focus on a tool available to buyers who wish to verify that those commitments are being met: audit rights.
A suspended DeKalb County official accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions has been found guilty of attempted theft by extortion and perjury.
McKenna Long & Aldridge's long-awaited merger with global megafirm Dentons took effect Wednesday, the two firms announced.
Litigation generally, and insurance defense in particular, account for a significant portion of New Jersey law firms' hiring needs, according to a June 25 report.
The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that a medical malpractice trial that ended in a defense verdict must be retried because the trial judge responded to a note from jurors without looping in the lawyers.
Doug Selby, an Atlanta bond lawyer at Hunton & Williams, was an eyewitness to history last Friday. As the general counsel of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Selby sat on the dais with other church leaders at the Charleston funeral for Rev.
A women's health care center in Cartersville has sued the commissioner and director of the Georgia Department of Community Health in an effort to strike down as unconstitutional the law requiring the issuance of a certificate of need (CON) before a heath care facility may open or expand.
Continuing its hiring spree, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith added three new partners in June from a mix of large and small firms: Frank Brannen from King & Spalding, Jason Wright from Morris Manning & Martin and Terry Finnerty from Ford & Finnerty.
I write concerning the article, "State Bar's Governors Delay Vote on Admission of Military Spouses," (Daily Report, June 22) , in order to correct misstatements regarding the current options for military spouse attorneys who find themselves in Georgia due to military orders.
Jim Butler had been in business as a solo practitioner for a single day in 1979 when he took a phone call from Forsyth County Sheriff Wesley Walraven, whose campaign he'd helped run three years earlier. Walraven told Butler that a woman whose brother had been hurt badly in a car wreck had been trying to reach him.
When Miles Alexander came to work at Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers, McClatchey & Regenstein in 1958 after a teaching stint at Harvard Law School, he joined Atlanta's largest firm. It had 14 lawyers.
As of Wednesday, July 1, the DeKalb County Recorders Court will no longer exist, with its functions assigned to the DeKalb County State Court and Magistrate Court.
Attorney General Sam Olens was elected chairman of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General at the group's summer meeting in San Diego.
Former Jones Day partner Jean-Paul Boulee was sworn in as a DeKalb County Superior Court judge on Monday morning during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
A team of plaintiffs attorneys said they used Google Street View photographs to secure a $4 million settlement for a client who was paralyzed after falling from a billboard where he was working.
The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is reporting that an old con game with a slightly different twist has made a resurgence, with the names of unsuspecting Georgia lawyers being used to help sell the scam.
A DeKalb County state court jury awarded a semi-professional football coach $7,000 in damages – less than half of a previous settlement offer – for injuries sustained during a car accident that left him with a deformed toe.
The Cobb County Braves stadium deal is safe. The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the bond issue for up to $397 million to finance the deal, affirming a ruling by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard.
Creating, building and breaking up a family will be simpler under Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision giving gay couples the right to marry, said Georgia family law attorneys.
The Court having reviewed the Notice of Compliance with Conditions submitted by the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, and it appearing that Michael F. Greene has complied with all of the conditions for reinstatement following his suspension by this Court
A transgender woman from Mexico seeking asylum because she fears further abuse if she's deported will learn her fate on Tuesday. Jeff Fisher, an associate (above), and Michael Turton, a patent litigation partner, took the case pro bono.
Standing in the atrium of the Fulton County Justice Center, Joan Crumpler and Melinda Brewer proudly displayed their brand new marriage license, still somewhat shocked that they could get one.
The Georgia town with a reputation for quickie weddings isn't moving so fast for same-sex couples.
A lawyer for plaintiffs in a federal suit that had sought to overturn Georgia's constitutional amendment and state statutes banning same-sex marriage called Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision a landmark ruling that "recognizes a same-sex couple's common humanity and dignity."
In the wake of Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming gay marriage as a constitutional right, the Fulton County Probate Court has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Muscogee County Probate Court Judge Marc Eric D'Antonio in Columbus said Friday his phone began ringing with inquiries about same-sex weddings soon after the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down bans against them was announced.
When a federal appeals court in 1997 affirmed then-Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers' right to rescind a job offer to Atlanta lawyer Robin Shahar because she'd planned a religious ceremony to bless her same-sex union, Shahar never thought she would see same-sex marriage legalized in her lifetime.
The Supreme Court on Friday struck down part of a federal law intended to keep people convicted of repeated violent crimes in prison longer.
Petrina Bloodworth and Emma Foulkes made history Friday morning as the first same sex couple to marry in Fulton County, and possibly in the state of Georgia, less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriages, Cobb County judges are preparing for a group wedding at 4 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the new Superior Court building.
Within two hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, Georgia's attorney general issued a memo to state agencies and department heads requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriage "in the same way it recognizes marriage between a man and a woman."
As lawyers around the country absorb the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which on Friday morning said the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize those marriages from other states, Georgia played a notable role in the history of the legal rights of gay people.
A former employee of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources says she was fired for reporting that a senior staffer demanded nude photos of her to secure a promotion.
Online voting has been a topic of intense debate, both inside and outside the legal community, for at least a decade.
Same-sex couples have a constitutionally protected right to marry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday in a history-making victory for the gay civil rights movement. Justice Anthony Kennedy, adding to a trilogy of landmark rulings in which he has emphasized the equal rights and dignity of gay and lesbian Americans, led a 5-4 majority in holding that the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause prohibits states from denying marriage licenses to those citizens. The ruling also requires states to recognize the same-sex marriages of other states.
A federal judge has granted more than $250,000 in legal fees to lawyers who won more than $500,000 for land title examiners and abstracters—sometimes called "deed dogs"—in a federal wage-and-hour suit.
The chief public defender in Savannah has resigned to become a visiting professor in England at Sheffield Hallam University.
With the late-September opening of an international arbitration center on the Georgia State University campus drawing near, the Fulton County Superior Court's Business Court—which specializes in complex commercial litigation—has been granted the authority to accept cases involving enforcement of international arbitral awards.
DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc.,—the largest provider of kidney dialysis services in the nation—will pay $450 million to settle whistleblower claims that it artificially boosted profits by manipulating drug doses to patients and then overbilling federal health care programs, the acting U.S. attorney in Atlanta announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld federal health insurance subsidies for an estimated 6.4 million moderate and low-income Americans. The ruling was the second time in three years that the high court prevented the complete unraveling of the Obama presidency's signature legislative achievement: the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Kevins is the last of seven lawyer bands to be profiled in the Daily Report. The bands will compete in the Atlanta Bar Foundation's LawJam 2015—the sixth annual battle of the Atlanta lawyer bands—at 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 27, at Variety Playhouse
Five years after he won a $10.5 million verdict, a man with a fatal form of lung cancer called mesothelioma awaits a decision from the Georgia Supreme Court on whether it will hear an appeal brought by a manufacturing company where he worked that used asbestos.
About 400 volunteers from more than 30 participating law firms and legal services companies turned out Saturday, June 20, for ServiceJuris.
The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association has a new president with a mission to define the group's image.
Making official a quick rise to the top leadership role at the Georgia Court of Appeals, Sara Doyle was sworn in as the court's chief judge on Wednesday.
A panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals has given the green light to a lawsuit over an Augusta hospital's alleged disregard of a patient's instructions to withhold certain lifesaving measures should her condition become dire.
After what must be millions of hours of talk, we haven’t really even walked the first-generation TAR walk.
Alston & Bird, King & Spalding and The Coca-Cola Co.'s legal department are helping build a house for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity this summer.
Lawyer Millard Farmer has asked a federal judge to dismiss a civil racketeering suit against him, contending it was intended to sideline a client's efforts to regain custody of her two children and to punish him for helping her.
Law schools should provide students with better debt counseling, report more information about their revenues and expenditures, and experiment with ways to make a law degree more affordable, an American Bar Association task force has recommended.
The mother of a man killed on Valentine's Day when a car smashed into a Sandy Springs car wash as the victim paid his bill has settled her claims against the car wash and the driver's insurer for $1.25 million.
A federal jury in Atlanta has convicted an Alpharetta man of defrauding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation of nearly $800,000, the acting U.S. attorney in Atlanta announced Tuesday.
A managing director from legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has this to say about laying the groundwork for an in-house career: proceed with caution.
A Miami-Dade County Court judge is in hot water for allegedly denying trial breaks for an attorney and nursing mother to express her breast milk.
There is no official drink of the State Bar of Georgia, but one fiery concoction has enough precedent to give it unofficial status and a thirst to sustain it.
A jury awarded a $2,225,000 verdict against a food storage company in federal court Monday afternoon. "It was the verdict we were hoping for," said Barrett & Farahany's Amanda Farahany, (above), who represented plaintiffs Jack Lowe and Dennis Reynolds.
The State Bar of Georgia's annual meeting at Stone Mountain drew a visitor on a cross-country mission to discuss a topic not typically on the agenda for such gatherings: mental health challenges unique to the legal profession.
When new State Bar of Georgia President Bob Kauffman presided over his first governing board meeting on Saturday, the first part of the session was tranquil. But the good spirits wore off quickly.
With one judge saying the case was a "spectacle," a panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that a criminal trial boycotted by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office shouldn't have taken place in light of an appeal filed by prosecutors.
Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham is often hailed as an elder statesman of the appeals courts and a trailblazer as the state's first African-American chief justice.
Atlanta lawyers from King & Spalding and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton are among the winners of this year's coveted Burton Award for good legal writing, along with Alston & Bird lawyers in Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Los Angeles city law that required hotel operators to make their guest registries available to law enforcement without a warrant.
The inventor of a Spider-Man web-shooting device cannot extend his reach for royalties beyond the expiration of his patent, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
The intracacies of serving a lawsuit on a foreign government, in this case the Dominican Republic, tripped up Morgan & Morgan attorneys, a federal appeals court concluded.
The Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Interpreters has been awarded a $15,000 grant to go toward the improvements of interpreter services in courts throughout Georgia.
The venue for this year's State Bar of Georgia annual meeting was a hot topic of discussion throughout the three-day conference.
With rate pressures and expenses growing, law firms are looking for ways to make ends meet. One area that seems to be exploding is the use of contract attorneys. Often, these are attorneys willing to apply their legal training on selected projects without making a commitment to a full-time schedule or to a particular firm.
The State Bar of Georgia held its annual meeting Thursday through Sunday at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain State Park, with a variety of conferences and activities on the agenda.
The State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors on Friday narrowly approved funding for a new lawyer incubator program through which up to 30 new graduates from Georgia law schools will receive mentoring, office space and other help to start small practices.
Fulton County Probate Court Judge Pinkie Toomer said her 35-member staff has been "gearing up for lots of people" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is a constitutinal right in a case expected to be decided before the end of the month.
Tim Tingkang Xia, who headed Morris Manning & Martin's intellectual property and international practices, has left for Locke Lord with another partner, IP litigator Bryan Harrison, and a 12-member IP team made up of an associate, four patent agents and seven staff.
Speaking Friday morning to the state bar's board of governors, whose audience included several state lawmakers, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson thanked the bar for its push for judicial pay raises.
Here's the secret for lawyers to win all of their cases: Don't take losers, said 394th District Judge Roy Ferguson of Alpine.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down an Arizona town's sign ordinance, saying it violated the First Amendment because its rules for signs unjustifiably varied depending on the signs' subject matter.
Could Skyview Atlanta—the 200-foot Ferris wheel towering over Centennial Olympic Park—be headed for a tax sale on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse? According to a suit recently filed by a Florida tax official, Expo 60, the company that was formerly in possession of the mammoth attraction ride, illegally hauled it from Florida to Atlanta in 2013 while owing taxes that now total more than $350,000.
22 lawyers and judges look back on extraordinary careers.
As the Daily Report celebrates 125 years serving the Georgia legal community, we recognize 22 lawyers and judges for their lifetimes of achievement.
Jurors in federal court on Wednesday were asked to put a value on the emotional distress two men endured when their employer took DNA samples from them in an attempt to identify someone who had been leaving human feces in their workplace.
To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Daily Report selected 22 lifetime achievement award recipients. They were honored at a dinner Wednesday at the St. Regis in Buckhead.
A crowd that included a Georgia Supreme Court justice, an assistant attorney general, a superior court judge and a former governor gathered in the sunshine and 92-degree heat Wednesday to commemorate a plaque at the Atlanta History Center.
An Augusta judge has dismissed his contempt citation against the Columbia County Superior Court Clerk, ending a months-long dispute between them over the correct way to file documents.
If you'd like a comfortable place between meetings at the State Bar Annual Meeting, please drop by the Daily Report Lounge in Room 120. We have coffee, snacks, soft drinks, beer, wine—and good company. We look forward to seeing you there.
Decatur lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm shared his own important case that reinforced his belief in the power of pro bono work.
By next week, lawyer Damon Elmore will have biked across all 159 of Georgia counties.
Handing a 9-0 win to Georgia lawyer David Cortman, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down an Arizona town's sign ordinance as in violation of the First Amendment.