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Gun Shop Suit Aims to Protect 'Priceless' Weapons Seized Over Tax Debt

By Greg Land |

According to the petition, state authorities seized over $50 million in "museum quality weapons" to resolve a tax debt of less than $150,000.

Lee Ranson, Eversheds Sutherland.

Eversheds Sutherland Co-Leader Shares Atlanta Impressions Between Flights (and More Flights)

By Meredith Hobbs |

As part of a busy international travel schedule, Eversheds Sutherland’s London-based co-CEO Lee Ranson visited Atlanta this week following trips last week to Portugal and Singapore.

Baker Donelson law firm in Washington, D.C. July 18, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Baker Donelson the Latest Firm to Adopt AI for Contract Analysis

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The firm recently inked a deal with Kira Systems to parse contracts in complex acquisitions and capital raises.

No Jerks Allowed: Who Made the Grade for 2017 American College of Trial Lawyers

By Jenna Greene |

Litigation can be a nasty business—but the very best lawyers are those who can win cases without being jerks. That’s the central premise of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which just inducted its newest members.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

The CFPB, Often a Winner in Court, Hit a Rough Patch This Summer

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has returned billions of dollars to consumers while confronting abuses carried out by large banks, mortgage lenders and law firms—successes that are reflected in the agency's court record and settlements. But the CFPB has also suffered a string of setbacks this summer. Proponents of the agency caution not to read too much into the losses—the CFPB, they say, is willing to litigate. Still, others see an agency that's still pushing the limits of its authority.

Richard Walker.

Ex-Deutsche Bank GC, SEC Enforcement Chief Joins King & Spalding

By Scott Flaherty |

Richard Walker, the longtime Deutsche Bank general counsel and former SEC enforcement chief, has joined King & Spalding in the firm's special matters and government investigations group in New York.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ballard Spahr to Merge With Levine Sullivan, Growing Media Practice

By Lizzy McLellan and Christine Simmons |

In its second merger announcement in two weeks, Ballard Spahr has reached a deal to add 25 lawyers from media law boutique Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.

Sean Marotta of Hogan Lovells' appellate group had 15 coffees with summer associates in Washington, D.C., this summer. One thing he learned: Always celebrate with a selfie.

Figuring Out What Young Associates Want, Over 15 Coffees

By Katelyn Polantz |

Sean Marotta, a senior appellate associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., had coffee with 15 summer associates this year who found him over Twitter. The National Law Journal caught up with Marotta to review some of what he learned from them.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr speaks at King & Spalding

Fintech Is Booming in Georgia, as Regulatory Obstacles Loom

By Greg Land |

A fast-growing industry plus regulatory uncertainty equals lots of work for lawyers.

Judge Phyllis Kravitch.

Judicial Colleagues Recall Kravitch's Zeal And Humor

By Jonathan Ringel |

Chief Judge Ed Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit opened a memorial service for the late Judge Phyllis Kravitch on Monday by illustrating her sense of humor about jurists' liberal and conservative reputations.

 Dr. Noel Chua signs release papers after his 2007 felony murder conviction was set aside.

Brunswick DA Tosses Chua Murder Conviction in Wake of Secret Memo

By R. Robin McDonald |

After serving 11 years of a life sentence for murder, Dr. Noel Chua was a free man Monday night after the Brunswick Circuit district attorney, in a startling turn of events, asked a judge to set aside Chua's 2007 felony murder conviction and release him.

Trenton Ward, Finnegan, Atlanta.

PTAB Judge Joins Finnegan—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

After serving as a top patent judge with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trenton Ward has returned to Atlanta, joining intellectual property firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner as a partner.

Trial Lawyers Address 'Propaganda' By U.S. Chamber in Letter

While the national group's internal survey claims that Georgia supposedly has declined as a hospitable legal environment and thus presents an inhospitable business climate, the actual numbers paint a very different picture.

Judge William Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

11th Circuit Won't Rehear Case Over Deceptive Police Search

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has denied a Florida couple's request to rehear a case that deeply divided the judges over what constitutes a legal police search.

Vanessa L. Bryant

Federal Labor Lawsuit Accuses LAZ of Failing to Pay Overtime

By Robert Storace |

The federal lawsuit filed claims LAZ regularly does not pay assistant managers overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

How Lost Case Led to Big Win for Yamaha In-House Counsel

By Sue Reisinger |

Victoria Webster took a courtroom defeat and turned it into an award-winning article.

Judge Melinda Harmon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston

Why Did a Federal Judge Sentence a Terminally Ill Mother to 75 Years for Health Care Fraud?

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A federal judge in Texas sentenced a woman with advanced metastatic cancer to 75 years in prison for Medicare fraud last month amid a crackdown on health care fraud by the government. Here's what we learned about the case.

Karlise Yvette Grier, executive director, Georgia Supreme Court’s Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism.

High Court Appoints New Head of Professionalism Commission

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court's Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism has named a new executive director: attorney Karlise Yvette Grier.

Matt Taylor, left, and John Soroko, right, of Duane Morris.

Soroko Steps Down at Duane Morris, Taylor to Chair Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

After leading his firm through a game-changing decade for the legal industry, John Soroko is stepping down from his post as chairman of Duane Morris.

Georgia's AG Joins Coalition Seeking to Pressure Insurers on Opioids

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr today said Monday he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to use their power to discourage doctors from prescribing opioids.


Legal Know-It-All Robot 'Lia' Joins Allstate's In-House Ranks

By Miriam Rozen |

"She doesn’t forget what she is told to do, doesn’t complain, and never asks for a raise," said Megan Pavich, senior attorney for the company.

Equifax Atlanta HQ.

For Equifax's Legal Team, Breach Likely To Bring Litigation Challenges, High Price Tag

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

News of the breach is out, but the trouble has just begun for Equifax attorneys.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Business Group Doesn’t Like Its Odds in Georgia Litigation

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform sent out a scathing review Monday of Georgia as a litigation venue.

Poster for upcoming Tom Cruise movie

New Suit Lands Over Fatal Tom Cruise Movie Plane Crash

By Greg Land |

A 2015 plane crash in Colombia during the filming of the Tom Cruise movie "American Made," already the subject of at least five lawsuits in California and Georgia, has spawned more litigation in federal court in Atlanta.

Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, waits to speak while being introduced on her first day at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. DeVos squeaked through a history-making Senate confirmation vote yesterday to become U.S. education secretary, as Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie and Republicans staved off last-minute defections that would have killed her nomination. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Lawyer Who Tweeted He'd Be 'OK' if Betsy DeVos Was Sexually Assaulted Resigns From Law Firm

By John Council |

A Central Texas personal injury lawyer has resigned from his law firm after tweeting "I'm not wishing for it ... but I'd be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX."

Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta.

Equifax Executives' Stock Sales Raise 'Fundamental Questions' Tied to Breach

By C. Ryan Barber |

Equifax Inc. has maintained that three executives were unaware of a massive data breach when they made stock trades on Aug. 1—worth more than $1 million—days after the company discovered the attack. Still, published reports about the stock sales raise "fundamental questions," two partners at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney said in an article published Friday at the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

Nick Djurik, Bowden Spratt, Atlanta

Eversheds Sutherland Trusts and Estates Team Starts New Era at Boutique

By Meredith Hobbs |

The team has departed for Atlanta boutique The Bowden Spratt Law Firm. Partner Nick Djuric moved to Bowden Spratt on Sept. 1, with senior partner Charlie Hurt joining as of counsel and associate Elizabeth Faist joining as counsel.

Chris Carr, Attorney General for Georgia. January 18 2016.

State Attorneys General Question Equifax Response to Data Breach

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two-thirds of the nation's state attorneys general are raising "profound concerns" with Atlanta-based Equifax's outside counsel not only about the credit bureau's massive data breach but also about how the company has been treating consumers trying to safeguard their personal and financial information.

Equifax's headquarters in Atlanta.

Equifax Turns to King & Spalding's Sumner to Defend Data Breach Class Actions

By Amanda Bronstad |

Equifax Inc. has turned to Phyllis Sumner at King & Spalding to serve as lead defense counsel in more than 70 class actions brought over its massive data breach, according to sources familiar with the litigation.

Robin Hensley

Hunt, Don't Fish, for Networking Outcomes

By Robin Hensley, Raising the Bar |

Too often, lawyers think that networking is the end result of networking. It's not—the ultimate goal is revenue.

Douglas Yarn, GSU College of Law, Atlanta.

Law Professor Delves Into Biology Behind Dispute Resolution

By Jonathan Ringel |

Georgia State University professor Douglas H. Yarn shares his thoughts in a Q&A about his research into the connection between biology and arbitration.

Five Things to Help Your Mediation Succeed

By Gino Brogdon Jr. |

Regardless of side, it is invaluable to come to a mediation in good faith and with fair expectations, especially when the other side is being unnecessarily difficult. Consider these tips in your next fight, whether you pursue justice in the courtroom or in the conference room.

Technology Is Changing the World of Dispute Resolution

By Jennifer Grippa |

Mediated disputes increasingly call for technologically savvy mediators who can both understand the technical aspects of the issues and relate to the parties.

Oral Argument.

Making the Most of Mock Oral Arguments

By Stanley F. Birch Jr. |

One of the most effective tools to prepare, of course, remains mock oral arguments. The idea behind them is straightforward: Appellate lawyers want to prepare for as many kinds of questions as possible.

From left, JC Abreu, Peter Gonzalez, and Jorge Abreu  install hurricane shutters at a home in Key Largo, Fla., in preparation for Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept.  6, 2017.

Insurance Advice for Law Firms Hit by Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Law firms that suffer business interruption because of Hurricane Irma should document not only damage to their office and what they did to get up and running again, but also the number of referrals they would normally get during that time.

GC of Midas' Parent Co. Under Fire for Unauthorized Practice


The general counsel of Midas parent company TBC Corp. is locked in a legal battle with the disciplinary counsel for the state of Ohio after a panel recommended a suspension for the lawyer, who allegedly practiced law while previously suspended from practice in the state.

'Moving from over 120 firms to just one' - Eversheds Sutherland wins sole adviser appointment for Turkish Airlines


Eversheds Sutherland has been appointed as the sole global legal adviser to Turkish Airlines for an initial three-year period.

University of North Carolina School of Law.

Civil Rights Center at UNC Law School Loses Power to Sue

By Karen Sloan |

University leaders on Friday voted to strip the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law of its ability to litigate cases.

BJ Pak, Atlanta Ga.

Pak Nomination Sails Through Senate Judiciary Committee

By R. Robin McDonald |

Atlanta attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak's nomination as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia sailed through the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning and was forwarded to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

In this Feb. 16, 1999 file photo, actor Jerry Orbach, right, and his double, Ed Murphy, talk on the set of “Law & Order” in New York (AP Photo/Lynsey Addario, File)

Law & Order premiered 27 years ago today


Everyone’s favorite legal drama series “Law & Order” premiered on this date in 1990, according to The NBC show, created by Dick Wolf, has been one of the longest-running primetime dramas in TV history.

A car parked on River Street in Savannah, Georgia, is surrounded by floodwater from the Savannah River on Monday after Hurricane Irma moved through.

Savannah Firms Weather Irma

By Meredith Hobbs |

Life for lawyers at Savannah law firms was getting back to normal Wednesday.

Equifax's headquarters in Atlanta.

Equifax's Latest Legal Nightmare Might Be This Chatbot

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

DoNotPay's latest chatbot release can help you sue Equifax for negligence in small-claims court. But what impact may it have on consumer protection?

Justice Carol Hunstein, Supreme Court of Georgia.

High Court Upholds Ex-Fulton Finance Chief's Ouster

By Greg Land |

Patrick O'Connor was the county's chief financial officer and finance director from 1996 until late 2014, when he was appointed interim county manager.

@SupremeCourtGA, twitter account screenshot.

Tweeting Up a Storm? Georgia High Court Joins Twitter

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia has officially joined the appellate Twitterverse.

Judge Robin Rosenbaum, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

11th Circuit Rejects 'Dark Web' Gun Dealer's Constitutional Challenge

By Greg Land |

That novelty was not enough to sway the judges in a case that involved the bitcoin sale of weapons on the "dark web" in the U.S. and internationally.

Judge M. Yvette Miller, Georgia Court of Appeals.

LG Can't Be Sued Over Fatal Fire Around TV, Judges Rule

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

If a ruling by the Georgia Court of Appeals stands, a homeowner who claims her television exploded and caused a fire that killed her husband and son will never get a chance to take her case to a jury.

Reality Winner.

Federal Prosecutors Shut Out Winner's Defense, Asking Judge for Secret Ruling

By R. Robin McDonald |

Federal prosecutors want to present evidence against accused leaker Reality Winner to the presiding judge in secret and without showing their hand to the defense.

Judge Belinda Edwards, Fulton County Superior Court.

Campaign Manager Seeking $5K From Judge Belinda Edwards Loses Bench Trial

By Greg Land |

Dan Young claimed he was recruited to serve as Edwards' campaign manager last year, and agreed to accept a lower rate than his usual pay in return for the $5,000 bonus if Edwards won.

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia Supreme Court Disbars 1 Lawyer

These disciplinary matters are before the court on the reports filed by special master William Thomas Cable, Jr., which together recommend the disbarment of respondent Anthony Sylvester Kerr (State Bar No. 142346), who has been a member of the Bar since 2005.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Equifax, Before Breach, Lobbied to Limit Class-Action Damages

By C. Ryan Barber |

In the months before revealing a data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of nearly half the adult U.S. population, Equifax Inc. turned to the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington to help convince U.S. lawmakers to reduce penalties for companies that violated the federal fair credit-reporting law.


Judge Slams Lawyer, Equating Fee Request to 'Attempted Bank Robbery'


A federal judge has taken Luzerne County attorney Cynthia L. Pollick to task for what the judge called “outlandish” fee requests and “inflammatory conduct” in a civil rights case.

Bill Custer reads poetry to his wife during tropical storm Irma yesterday in Atlanta.

Lawyers Find Ways to Cope During and After Irma

By Meredith Hobbs |

Most of Atlant's largest law firms were once again open for business on Tuesday.

Equifax Hack Teaches Hard Lessons About Data Regulation and Incident Response

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The credit bureau's leakage and widely reported missteps in its assessment tool could proffer a cautionary tale for other organizations.

Atlanta Skyline.

500 Lawyers and U.S. Judges to Meet in Atlanta

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Federal Bar Association, which serves lawyers and judges who work in the U.S. courts, will descend on Atlanta this week for its annual conference.

Carlia Brady

Judge's Failure to Turn In Boyfriend Not Official Misconduct, Appeals Court Rules

By Charles Toutant |

An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an official misconduct charge in the case of a Superior Court judge who failed to turn in her boyfriend when she knew an arrest warrant was issued in his name. But the panel also affirmed the trial judge in declining to toss two counts of hindering prosecution against the judge, Carlia Brady.

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Price-Fixing Lawsuit Against Auto Insurers

By Celia Ampel |

The auto body shops allege the insurance companies steer policyholders away from shops that charge higher rates.

Closed sign

Many Courts Still Closed Tuesday

By Jonathan Ringel |

Much of the Atlanta area's courthouses were closed Tuesday as residents cleaned up from Tropical Storm Irma and tens of thousands waited for electricity service to be restored.

James Rice, Atlanta attorney

Doctor-Witness Drops Suit Claiming He Was Stiffed $200K After Personal Injury Trial Win

By Greg Land |

The complaint said Dr. James Chappuis, founder and CEO of Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery of Atlanta, and his practice were stiffed for more than $200,000 for nearly two years of treatment following a car accident.

Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S Courthouse, Savannah Georgia.

Former Augusta Prosecutor is Trump's Latest Pick for U.S. Attorney

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

President Donald Trump's pick to become U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia is an Augusta trial lawyer who is also a part-time magistrate, a judge advocate general and colonel in the Army National Guard and a former prosecutor who is one of the few to win a murder conviction without the body of the victim.

Judges Sought for Clayton County Mock Trials

By Greg Land |

The 2017 Empire Atlanta Mock Trial series will host students from 13 states arguing complex mock cases, including local students from Jonesboro High School and DeKalb Early College Academy.

Cracked security code abstract image. Password protection conceptual image.

Equifax Is Bashed for Forcing Arbitration on Consumers After Data Breach

By C. Ryan Barber |

The credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. faces enormous national backlash and future scrutiny after revealing one of the largest data breaches in the U.S., one that potentially affects nearly half of the country’s population. The company drew even more criticism for its move to force customers to agree to arbitration to participate in a free credit monitoring and identity theft service. Equifax has resisted efforts by U.S. regulators to ban the widespread use of arbitration agreements in consumer contracts in the banking and finance industries.

Damage left after Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda.

The Florida Bar, FEMA Prepare to Help Hurricane Irma Victims


The Florida Bar has raised the income qualifying cap for its online legal clinic, Florida Free Legal Answers, to ensure that Floridians can access the site and post questions related to Hurricane Irma.

Closed sign

Courts Close as Irma Closes In

By Jonathan Ringel |

Courts around Georgia announced closures in anticipation of the storm.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

Tips For Maintaining Client Confidences at the Border

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

For many attorneys, international travel is a function of a modern and increasingly global law practice. With this rise in travel, however, comes an increased risk of violating the rules of professional conduct and potentially facing a malpractice claim as a result.

'PACER Should Be Free,' Tech Scholar Argues in New Paper

By Marcia Coyle |

The federal judiciary's fee-based access to its public online database, known as PACER, is not just anachronistic and counter to history but harms the structural integrity of the modern judiciary, a new research article claims.

Gregory Katsas.

An AUSA, White House Lawyer and State Judge: Trump's Latest Judicial Nominees

By Cogan Schneier |

The administration announced nominees Thursday for the Ninth, Eleventh and D.C. circuits and district courts.

Judge Elizabeth Branch, Georgia Court of Appeals.

Take a Look at the 11th Circuit's New Nominee

By Greg Land |

Judge Elizabeth "Lisa" Branch was nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to fill the spot vacated by Judge Frank Hull, who is taking senior status.

Aut Smith, 42, and Willie Young, 52, load up sandbags for the community at the City of Gainesville Public Works Department, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla.

As Hurricane Irma Bears Down, South Florida Battens Down

Leaders in business and law draw from long memories of hurricanes past, and recent disasters, as they make way for one of the most ferocious storms to threaten Florida in recorded history.

Fundraiser for Judge in Stanford Sex Assault Case Raises Eyebrows


SAN FRANCISCO — Supporters of Aaron Persky, the embattled California judge who handed a six-month jail sentence to ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, are advertising face time with other judges to attract lawyers to a campaign fundraiser for Persky.

Gov. Roy Barnes

Equifax Data Breach Revelation Spawns Lawsuits

By R. Robin McDonald |

Instead of notifying more than 143 million people of a breathtaking data breach that potentially compromised personal and financial information in their credit files, Equifax executives were selling their stock, one of two federal class action lawsuits filed Thursday against the company claims.

John Horn, U.S. attorney, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta

Sharebeast Site Owner Pleads Guilty to Copyright Charges

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The owner of the website, shut down by the FBI two years ago, has pleaded guilty to felony criminal copyright infringement by distributing and reproducing copyrighted works, U.S. Attorney John Horn announced Friday.

Left to right: Bobby Burchfield and Ty Cobb.

Strange Days: Trump Lawyers Caught Up in Email, Inmate Dramas

By Brian Baxter |

King & Spalding partner Bobby Burchfield, the Trump Organization's top ethics counsel, and ex-Hogan Lovells partner Ty Cobb, who joined the White House this summer as a member of the president's legal defense team in special counsel Robert Mueller III's Russia investigation, saw their names emerge in two eyebrow-raising reports.

'Dreamer' Law Students in Turmoil Over DACA Uncertainty

By Angela Morris |

Heartbroken. Disappointed. Stunned. Law students who took a shot at becoming lawyers with the help of an Obama-era immigration program say that’s how they feel after the news that President Donald Trump could rescind the program.

Attorney Harold  Hudson answers questions  Tuesday about Diane McIver's will.

Lawyer Drafted Changes to Wills of McIver and His Wife Before She Died

By R. Robin McDonald |

An estate planning attorney hired by Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver and his wife, Diane, has testified he drafted codicils for the couple's wills before McIver shot and killed his wife that, if executed, would alter Diane McIver's will that is now in probate.

How Big Firms Can Foster, Develop Female First-Chair Trial Lawyers

By Sarah Rathke |

On Aug. 8, Judge Shira Scheindlin published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of women attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Titled, "Female Lawyers Can Talk, Too," Judge Scheindlin's piece observed that progress at private law firms has stalled. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Scheindlin's observation is not merely anecdotal.

James Hughes, Emory University, School of Law.

Emory Law Interim Dean Steps Down as Search Continues

By Meredith Hobbs |

One month into his tenure as interim dean of Emory University School of Law, Judson Graves has stepped down for personal reasons, according to the law school. James Hughes Jr., Emory Law's associate dean for academic affairs, will pick up the baton while the school conducts a national search for a new dean to succeed Robert Schapiro, whose term ended in July.

Residents from Bayou Parc at Oak Forest carry their belongings while evacuating the apartment complex during the Tropical Storm Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston.

Technology, Harvey, and the Attorney ‘First Responder’

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Technology may be enabling a whole new class of attorney first responders.

Harvard Law School on Sept. 5 dedicated a memorial to the slaves owned by early donor Isaac Royall Jr.

Harvard Law Unveils Monument to Donor’s Slaves


Harvard Law School opened is doors to aspiring lawyers 200 years ago, thanks in part to the largesse of Isaac Royall Jr. The early law school donor owned a Caribbean sugar plantation, a string of Massachusetts farms—and slaves.

Amit Mehta.

This King & Spalding FOIA Suit Hinges on Whether a Government Source Is Person or Company

By C. Ryan Barber |

A federal judge in Washington has kept alive a lawsuit from King & Spalding that seeks records from federal enforcement and regulatory agencies about information the firm believes was at the heart of an investigation targeting a pharmaceutical client.

Fulton County DA Paul Howard.

Fulton Sheriff Strips All County Law Enforcement of Jail Surveillance Access

By R. Robin McDonald |

In addition to blocking Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and his staff from using the county jail's surveillance system, Sheriff Ted Jackson also has locked out all county law enforcement agencies unless they have a subpoena.

Florida Law Firms Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida law firms were closely monitoring Hurricane Irma Wednesday.

E. Bart Daniel

Nelson Mullins Nabs A New White-Collar Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

Bart Daniel, a former top federal prosecutor in South Carolina, has closed up his own solo shop in Charleston to join Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a litigation partner and co-head of the firm’s white-collar crime and government investigations group.

L-R Jason Huff and Chris Glass, Meunier Carlin & Curfman, Atlanta

Meunier Carlin & Curfman Expands—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

IP boutique Meunier Carlin & Curfman has added two patent lawyers from a pair of big firms in town. Chris Glass, who was at Troutman Sanders, joins as of counsel, and Jason Huff joins as an associate from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen.

Judge Compares 'Woeful' Insurance Contract to Country Ballad

By Greg Land |

Singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale notched a new cover credit when he was quoted by U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen.

L-R Jim McGinnis and Walt Davis at the sixth annual AVLF Guardian ad Litem Benefit.

AVLF 6th Annual Guardian Ad Litem Event Raises Funds

This vital program takes money to operate. All of the money raised at this event will directly support AVLF’s Guardian ad Litem program.

Early County, Georgia

GSU Access to Justice Center Maps Rural Lawyer Gap

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The map clearly shows the access to justice gap—including those much-discussed six rural Georgia counties with no lawyers—and gives a clickable snapshot of the rest of the state.

AVLF Movie Night Tackles Gentrification's Effects

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation is tackling a timely topic in Atlanta—rapid gentrification and the effects on housing costs and neighborhoods—for its fourth annual AVLF at the Movies event on Sept. 19.

Left to right: Paul Howard, Judge Gail Tusan and Ted Jackson

Judge Intervenes in Jail Surveillance Feud Between Fulton DA and Sheriff

By R. Robin McDonald |

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan on Aug. 29 issued an ex parte order directing Sheriff Ted Jackson to immediately restore access to the Securus Technologies database for District Attorney Paul Howard and his staff, saying "no reasonable justification exists" for barring them.

Simon Bloom, Bloom Sugarman, Atlanta.

Arbitrator Nixes Waitresses' Tip-Sharing Class Action

By Greg Land |

The waitresses' complaint said that because they are paid below the $7.25 minimum wage, forcing them to contribute to a "tip pool" shared with the service bartenders violates the law.

Stepping Up: The 2017 GC Compensation Survey

By Stephanie Forshee |

The latest edition of our General Counsel Compensation Survey shows that pay packages are getting bigger—and that there's a new face at the top of the rankings.

Original Steptoe Steps in to Advise 16 Different Schools

By Meghan Tribe |

In a unique and somewhat unusual arrangement, 16 colleges across the U.S. have all agreed that just one law firm—West Virginia-based Steptoe & Johnson PLLC—will provide legal services to their institutions. Just don’t confuse the firm with its Washington, D.C.-based doppelgänger.

Robert Graff, Major, Lindsey & Africa, Atlanta.

Moving Up: A Q&A About 2017 GC Compensation

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Bob Graff, an Atlanta-based partner and recruiter in the in-house practice group at legal search consultants Major, Lindsey & Africa discusses the big-picture trends in GC compensation.

L-R Beverly Martin, William Duffey and Timothy Batten

Three-Judge Panel Narrows Federal Gerrymandering Suit Against State

By R. Robin McDonald |

A rare three-judge panel in Atlanta has dramatically narrowed a federal voting rights suit that accused the Georgia General Assembly of unconstitutional racial and partisan gerrymandering.

Judge Berryl Anderson, DeKalb County Magistrate Court

DeKalb Magistrate Court Launches Project Targeting Blighted Properties

By Greg Land |

The court's Ordinance Division will convene the special hearings once a month to address "abandoned, dilapidated and burned-out properties" that have been cited multiple times without any corrective measures being taken.

Showing You the (GCs') Money

By Jonathan Ringel |

In-House Georgia this month offers our annual look at GC Compensation

Robin Hensley

Name Recognition Doesn't Make the Phone Ring

By Robin Hensley, Raising the Bar |

As far as building business when a government attorney comes on board, it's just a matter of leaning back and waiting for the phone to ring, right?

Melissa Luckman, director of the Touro Law Center’s Disaster Relief Clinic.

Harvey Victims and Lawyers Take Note: 5 Years After Hurricane Sandy, Lawyers Still Working on New York Hurricane Cases

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The director of a law school clinic advising victims of Hurricane Sandy said volunteer lawyers should advise clients to take a lot of photos of damages.

Solar Eclipse 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina

Amazon's Recall of Solar Eclipse Glasses Was 'Tragically Too Little, Too Late': Lawsuit

By C. Ryan Barber |

"We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse," Amazon reportedly told consumers who bought certain special glasses to watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Amazon is now the target of a class action in a Charleston, South Carolina, federal district court, where five law firms teamed up to sue the online retail giant over its alleged inadequate recall notification before the Aug. 21 eclipse.

 Memorial Hall at Vanderbilt University, formerly known as Confederate Memorial Hall.

Confederate Descendants Won the Case but Lost the Name in Microcosm of Today's Debate

By Jonathan Ringel |

Financial resolution ends court battle between Vanderbilt University and United Daughters of the Confederacy of Tennessee.

Appeals Court Tosses Out Deion Sanders' Victory in Defamation Suit


Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback and Pro Hall of Famer Deoin Sanders isn't likely to be performing one of his famous touchdown dances in the wake of a Fifth Court of Appeals decision on Aug. 29.

Turning the first shovels on Georgia’s new Judicial Complex Thursday were (from left) former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Hugh Thompson, Justice Nels Peterson, Justice Robert Benham, Justice Harold Melton, Chief Justice Harris Hines, Gov. Nathan Deal, Justice Keith Blackwell, Justice Michael Boggs and Justice Britt Grant.

Rain or Shine, Construction Starts for New Judicial Building

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A crowd gathered in the rain Thursday morning to break ground for the $122 million Georgia Judicial Complex near the State Capitol.

John Oxendine

Oxendine Fights Ethics Agency Demand for His Law Firm's Bank Records

By Greg Land |

Oxendine claims the request for subpoena violates attorney-client confidentiality.

Second Amendment Case Has AGs Up in Arms

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A day after he announced his support of a 23-state coalition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Ten Commandments display on First Amendment grounds, Georgia General Chris Carr said Thursday he has joined a 21-state coalition defending the rights of gun owners under the Second Amendment.


How Many Excess Partners Does Your Firm Have?

By Hugh A. Simons |

Strategist Hugh Simons lays out how many excess partners reside in the Am Law 200 and what that means at the next economic downturn.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr

Georgia AG Joins Amici Asking Justices to Hear 10 Commandments Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Wednesday he has joined a coalition of states in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Bloomfield, New Mexico's right to display a Ten Commandments monument on its city hall lawn.

L-R Omari J. Crawford, Candace Banks, Peter A. Brogdon II and Mecca S. Anderson. The Cochran Firm, Atlanta.

Jury Awards $2.4M to Women Shot at DeKalb Bar

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury awarded a postapportionment award of more than $2.4 million to two women who were shot outside a Stone Mountain nightspot.

Reality Winner.

Attorneys: FBI Ignored Miranda Warning for Accused Media Leaker Reality Winner

By R. Robin McDonald |

Attorneys for a former National Security Agency contractor charged with leaking information about Russian hacking of the nation's election infrastructure to an online magazine say FBI agents violated her constitutional rights when they detained and questioned her prior to her arrest.

Federal Circuit Wrestles With Vulgar Trademarks in 'Fuct' Case

By Scott Graham |

Less than three months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Lanham Act's ban on disparaging trademarks, the D.C.-based appellate court was asked to decide whether "Matal v. Tam" extends to marks that use dirty words or graphics.

Attorney Discipline

After Wedding, an Associate's Overbilling Leads to a Suspension

By Roy Strom |

A former Faegre Baker Daniels associate's law license was suspended for nine months after she inflated or fabricated time entries worth nearly $40,000 to meet a billable hour expectation. Inexcusable, sure. But an expert said it is symptomatic of the pressure Big Law lawyers face to meet hourly requirements.

Houston’s flooded streets due to Hurricane Harvey.

Law Dean Takes Us Inside Houston Convention Center-Turned-Shelter


Donald Guter, dean of the South Texas College of Law—Houston, has spent the past several days volunteering at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which has transformed into an emergency shelter for people displaced by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston’s flooded streets due to Hurricane Harvey.

Law Dean Describes Houston Convention Center-Turned-Shelter

By Karen Sloan |

Donald Guter, dean of the South Texas College of Law Houston, has spent the past several days at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which has transformed into an emergency shelter for people displaced by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Jones Day, Atlanta Headquarters, July 2016.  Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Jones Day and Kilpatrick Townsend Advise on $125M Wireless Cell Tower Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Jones Day and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton are lead advisers on the $125 million cash deal in which Telefonica Celular del Paraguay S.A., a Millicom International Cellular subsidiary, is selling 1,400 wireless communication towers to a subsidiary of American Tower Corp. (ATC) , the largest tower operator in Latin America.

Judge Bradley J. Boyd at the Fulton County Juvenile Justice Center.

Fulton Chief Juvenile Judge Responds to Critic on Lack of Black Men on Bench

By Greg Land |

A recent decision left the court's bench with three white male judges, three black women and one black man.

Nearly 450 public defenders from all over the state attended the Georgia Public Defender Council's second annual conference held in Savannah.

'After Hours'—A Slideshow of Lawyers' Events

A slideshow spotlights lawyers' activities outside their offices.

Legal Aids and Firms Start Mobilizing to Help Houston Compadres

By Meredith Hobbs |

Legal aids and law firm pro bono coordinators in Atlanta and elsewhere are mobilizing to help their compadres in Texas.

Home Depot Settlement Foretells Change at Product-Safety Agency

By C. Ryan Barber |

Home Depot USA Inc. has reached a $5.7 million settlement with federal product safety regulators over claims that the retailer, in a span of four years, sold thousands of products that had previously been recalled due to dangerous defects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's acting chairwoman, Ann Marie Buerkle, voted to reduce the penalty to $1 million.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

NY Judge Says Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Violates 'Blood Oath' on Band Name

By Larry Neumeister |

A federal judge in New York has blocked the distribution of a film created with help from a former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer saying it violates a "blood oath" surviving band members made not to exploit the band's name and history.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story, of the Northern District of Georgia.

Federal Judge Sanctions CFPB by Dismissing Claims

By R. Robin McDonald |

Calling out attorneys with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for their "blatant disregard" for judicial instructions, U.S. District Judge Richard Story in Atlanta sanctions the agency by dismissing four payment-processing companies from a civil case over debt collection abuses.

Watch Your Mouth, Your Honor: Lessons for Judges on Social Media

By Celia Ampel |

Judicial social media use is a growing topic of concern for legal ethics experts.

Justice Robert Benham

State Supreme Court Rules School Board Must Consider Self-Defense in Student Fight Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

After three-and-a-half years of litigating, the Henry County Board of Education will have to take another look at its decision to expel a student for fighting and consider her claims of self-defense.

L-R Jennifer Kurle, Steven Justus, Michael Perez and Lyle Warshauer.

Cobb Jury Awards $3.2M in Fatal Failure-to-Monitor Med-Mal Case

By Greg Land |

A Cobb County jury awarded more than $3.2 million to the husband of a woman who went into cardiac arrest after medical staff administered multiple narcotics for injuries suffered in a car wreck.

L-R Nathan Cronic and Matt Alford, Willis McKenzie LLP, LaGrange, Georgia

Why a Troup County Jury Returned a $2M Verdict in 15 Minutes

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A medical malpractice defense attorney mainly representing doctors insured by MagMutual has handled some personal injury cases for plaintiffs over his 18 years of practice, but all of them settled—until this month, when he tried a car wreck case in Troup County Superior Court before Judge Jack Kirby. The result: a $2 million verdict for a two-and-a-half day trial. The jury deliberated for 15 minutes.

Civil Rights Suit Claims Consultant's 'Cultural DNA' Bias Cost Turner Executive Her Job

By R. Robin McDonald |

A consultant hired by Turner Broadcasting System recommended candidates for hiring and promotion based on a concept called "cultural DNA" that was driven in part by the consulting firm founder's bias against Latin Americans, according to a lawsuit filed in Atlanta federal court by a former Turner executive.

7th Circuit Says 'Utterly Worthless' Subway Footlong Settlement Has No Meat

By Cogan Schneier |

The federal appeals court said the settlement agreement only served to enrich plaintiffs lawyers.

Georgia Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Georgia Issues 6 Lawyer Discipline Opinions

Justices reject 1 petition for voluntary discipline, suspend 1 lawyer for six months with conditions, accept 1 petition for review panel discipline, suspend 1 lawyer for four years with conditions for reinstatement, accept 1 petition for voluntary discipline for public reprimand and accept 1 voluntary surrender of license.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

The Necessity of Professionalism

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

Although attorneys are called to act civilly and professionally, attorneys are also tasked with zealously representing clients and fighting on their behalf. When does behavior cross the line? Here are some tips for staying on the right side of professional.

John Horn, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, leads a panel discussion after the movie

Gwinnett Sheriff, U.S. Attorney Host Second Screening of 'Released'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

U.S. Attorney John Horn announces a second screening of a 45-minute documentary he calls "our movie"—"Released: When Does the Sentence End?" Horn's office commissioned the film.

Gov. Nathan Deal at the Atlanta premiere of the movie

Governor, U.S. Attorney and Former Inmates Gather for Premiere of 'Released'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The crowd that packed the Rialto theater Wednesday morning gave Gov. Nathan Deal a standing ovation before he made it to the stage. U.S. Attorney John Horn had to interrupt to finish introducing him. Both appeared in the movie that premiered there—"Released: When Does the Sentence End?"—along with a cast of convicted felons and business, clergy and nonprofit leaders working to help inmates prepare for jobs when they return to private life.

Appeals Court: Two Policies Doesn't Equal Double UM Insurance Coverage

By Greg Land |

While Allstate issued two individually numbered policies, they were treated as one for the purpose of billing and claims coverage.

Lisa Anderson, executive director, Atlanta Women for Equality

In College Sexual Misconduct Cases, Many Confuse What ‘Due Process’ Means

By Lisa Anderson, Atlanta Women for Equality |

As the law and DOE guidance expressly provide, schools must respond to sexual misconduct complaints by weighing the cases parties present equitably, never presuming falsehood from either side, always affording each the same procedural protections, including the right to access evidence, to rebut statements made against them, and to choose advisers.

Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat, U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

11th Circuit Weighs Class Status for Million-Plus Plaintiffs in Wells Fargo Suit

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for Wells Fargo Bank squared off against those representing what they hope remains a class of plaintiffs challenging the bank's overdraft practices at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.

Bronze memorial statue of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney on the grounds of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD.

Post-Charlottesville, Justice Roger Taney Statues Are Removed, but Not at the Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

Is it time to say goodbye to the marble bust and portrait of Chief Justice Roger Taney, who authored the 1857 Dred Scott decision endorsing slavery?

Law School Whiz Kids: Where Are They Now?

Steve Sidman.

Celebrity Chefs Land Sidman on Carlton Fields' Front Burner

By Todd Cunningham |

"If I'm in a courtroom, something has gone very wrong," joked attorney Steve Sidman as he described his unique practice, built on a client list populated by celebrity and acclaimed chefs, top-of-the-line restaurateurs, emerging and avant-garde musicians and creatives of all sorts. In fact, things are going quite well for Sidman, who is settling into his new digs in the Atlanta main office of Carlton Fields, the newest addition to that firm's intellectual property group.

Andrew Richman, Cumming, Georgia

Prosecutor's 'Glance' at Defense Report Gets Enotah DA Bounced From Case

By Greg Land |

The report was requested by the man's defense attorney to determine his fitness for trial, and "somehow" emailed to prosecutors.

Richard Merritt

Doctor Claims Patient, Lawyers Stiffed Him After Winning $700K at Trial

By Greg Land |

The doctor, who claims he's owed more than $200,000, also testified as an expert witness at his patient's trial.

Jonathan Weintraub, Decatur, Georgia

DeKalb's Newest City, Stonecrest, Gets Some Judges

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Stonecrest City Council appointed and confirmed Jonathan Weintraub this week as chief judge of the new municipal court and Michael Sheridan Jr. as judge pro tem.

Larry Bush Hill

Walker County Lawyer Charged With Attempting to Influence Child Molestation Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A North Georgia attorney's representation of a client facing felony child molestation charges morphed into felonies when he allegedly offered to buy off a key witness.

Roy E. Barnes

Thoughts on 'Charlottesville and Confederate Memorials' From Lawyer Governor Who Changed State Flag

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, a Marietta attorney, has written a four-page essay titled, "Charlottesville and Confederate Memorials" and posted it on his law firm's Facebook page.

NFL Franchise Moves and Controversies Create a Lucrative Playing Field for Big Law

By Todd Cunningham |

The start of the 2017 National Football League season may seem like a hot mess to fans–especially those in San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland–but it looks like another banner year for the attorneys who keep it all legal. By any measure, 2016 was a boom year for Big Law and the NFL.

Federal Trade Commission

Four More Companies Flagged by FTC Over 'Made in USA' Claims

By C. Ryan Barber |

President Donald Trump wants more products labeled "Made in USA." But companies beware: The Federal Trade Commission in recent weeks revved up enforcement of allegedly deceptive "Made in USA" marketing, resolving accusations that four companies' advertising violated the agency's requirement that products be "all or virtually all" manufactured in the United States to live up to domestic origin claims. So far this year, 15 companies have resolved the FTC's allegations through the agency's so-called "closing letters."

Werner Wetherington PC, Atlanta. L-R Robert Friedman, Matthew Wetherington, Michael Werner and Nola Jackson.

Plaintiffs Firm Werner Law Adds Wetherington to Door—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Mike Werner hired Matt Wetherington for his shop four years ago. Now he's made Wetherington a name partner and brought on two more lawyers.

Greenberg Traurig's Miami office.

Judge Slashes Damages Argument Against Greenberg Traurig


In a 10-year long case, a Manhattan judge has gutted the potential damages that can be claimed by a former hedge fund manager who is suing Greenberg Traurig and former partner Leslie Corwin for attorney deceit.

Let's Talk About Charlottesville and Lawyering in the Age of Trump


Recent events in Charlottesville and the White House response have put the nation on edge and compelled leaders of U.S. businesses and law firms to speak out. The New York Times wrote last week that we’re witnessing a “broad recasting of the voice of business in the nation’s political and social dialogue.”

Rey Pascual, Pascual LLC, Atlanta.

Pascual Leaves Paul Hastings to Go Solo

By Meredith Hobbs |

After 30 years at big firms, securities and M&A lawyer Rey Pascual has gone solo, becoming outside general counsel for several longtime clients.

Baker Donelson law firm in Washington, D.C. July 18, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Baker Donelson Accelerator Expands Portfolio and Flagship Conference

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The accelerator’s recent partnership with Gyomo brings phishing into the fold, and CyberCon will this year be accompanied by Atlanta Cyber Week.

Jury box.  2-9-11.  Photo by Jason Doiy...

New Evidence Seen as Key in LA Jury's $417M Talc Verdict

By Amanda Bronstad |

California jurors who awarded $417 million on Monday in a talcum powder trial might have been influenced by three new pieces of evidence, including an emailed photo that arrived just as the trial started, according to plaintiffs' attorneys in the case.

Private Investigators Say They Warned Lawyers Waffle House Sex Tape Was Illegal

By R. Robin McDonald |

When two lawyers asked how to secure video evidence of an alleged workplace sexual encounter between the CEO of Waffle House and his housekeeper, a pair of Atlanta-area investigators balked at the suggestion. The tape that was made has since spawned a media sensation and litigation over the legitimacy of surveillance.

The Kilpatrick Townsend, Atlanta marketing team viewing the eclipse from their offices at 1100 Peachtree St. in midtown.

Lawyers and Their Firms Share Their Eclipse Photos

Several law firms held special midday events to watch together Aug. 21 as a solar eclipse passed over Atlanta's skies.

Let's Talk About Charlottesville and Lawyering in the Age of Trump


Recent events in Charlottesville and the White House response have put the nation on edge and compelled leaders of U.S. businesses and law firms to speak out. The New York Times wrote last week that we’re witnessing a “broad recasting of the voice of business in the nation’s political and social dialogue.”

MIke Klisch, Cooley Godward

In ‘Especially Unpleasant and Nasty’ Suit, Carlton Fields Client Must Pay $18.5M Legal Bill from Cooley

By Jenna Greene |

Litigation is rarely nice. But sometimes it’s so ugly that you just have to stop and gawk. The antitrust battle between pharmaceutical manufacturing and marketing companies Procaps SA and Patheon Inc. is one of those cases.

Woodbury Common outlet center

Simon Property Group, NY Attorney General Settle for $945K Over 'Anti-Competitive Tactics'

By Stephanie Forshee |

Simon Property Group Inc., the largest mall operator in the United States, is ending decades-old practices alleged to be anti-competitive at one of its New York outlet shopping malls after reaching a $945,000 settlement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

How Rich Are the Trump Administration’s Top Lawyers?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Here are some of the top billers who’ve joined the government since President Donald Trump took office in January.

Josiah Graham, Kimberly Wald and Eric Rosen, Kelley/Uustal, Fort Lauderdale.

Speedy Tobacco Trial Ends in $2.2M Verdict

By Celia Ampel |

The winning plaintiffs attorneys included a contestant on the most recent season of "The Bachelorette."

A. Binford Minter, Columbus Ga. Handout Photo 8-18-2016

Attorney Accused of Blocking Garnishment Files Defamation Suit Against Lawyer Foe, Again

By Greg Land |

Sarasota attorney Robert Frey, who holds emeritus status with the State Bar of Georgia, initially sued A. Binford Minter and a client in U.S. District Court in February over statements Minter made about Frey's intervention in a garnishment action.

Judge Dorothy A. Robinson, Cobb County Superior Court.

Friends Mark the Passing of Judge Dorothy Robinson

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Friends, family and most of the local bench gathered to remember retired Superior Court Judge Dorothy Robinson for a Monday evening rosary service at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta. Robinson, 79, of Marietta died Aug. 16 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Aaron Parnas.

A Mere Teen, This Young Man is Heading to Law School


Thousands of new students are flocking to law campuses across the country this month to kick off their legal careers. It’s safe to say that most all of them can legally order a beer at the bar.

Amazing scientific background - total solar eclipse in dark red glowing sky, supernatural phenomenon, Moon passes between planet Earth and Sun

Quoting 'You're So Vain,' Judge Declines to Postpone Trial for Eclipse


You’re so vain, a Tampa federal judge chastised a government agent, you probably think the solar eclipse is about you.

Ritu Bhasin, President, Bhasin Consulting, INC. Was the keynote speaker at AALA's 2017 E2E event held at the Georgia Aquaruium on August 16, 2017.

Legal Administrators Association Draws 250 to Georgia Aquarium for Training and a Trade Show

On Aug. 16, the Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators (AALA) hosted its second annual E2E: Where Education Meets Expertise.

ABA president Hilarie Bass addresses the House of Delegates at the ABA annual meeting in New York on Aug. 14.

ABA Grapples With Political Voice in Trump Era


President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and actions continue to test the American Bar Association as it pursues its core goals, which include upholding the rule of law, enhancing diversity and eliminating bias.

Richard Griggs, Conley Griggs Partin, Atlanta.

Gwinnett Jury Awards $1.9M in Fatal Wreck Caused by Tire Failure

By Greg Land |

After prodding by the judge to bring a holdout juror around, the panel found tire-maker Goodyear 65 percent liable for the death of Asha Nimaga, and allocated 35 percent to the driver, who was also a plaintiff.

Trying to Train and Retain the Millennial Attorney

By Ian Lopez |

Experts from Troutman Sanders and Lexis Nexis chat their own experiences tweaking their training models to better deliver legal services.

Douglas Baldridge, front, heads in for the morning session in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Denver.

Taylor Swift's Lawyer Tells All


Forgive the tabloid headline. Venable partner J. Douglas Baldridge is actually quite discreet when discussing his famous client. But he spent last week litigating under a blinding media spotlight, with everyone from People Magazine and Inside Edition to The New York Times covering Taylor Swift’s six-day federal trial in Denver.

University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone.

Look Out, University GCs, White Supremacists May Want to Speak on Your Campus


Public university general counsel beware—white supremacist Richard Spencer, who led the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally that ended in violence last weekend, may soon try to speak in a campus building near you. But GCs seem reluctant to talk about this problem in public.

Total Solar Eclipse.

Total Eclipse of Liability?

By Meredith Hobbs |

Leave it to lawyers to find the legal angle to Monday afternoon's long-awaited total eclipse of the sun.

Atlanta Municipal Court Building.

Jury Awards $1.2M to Ex-Atlanta Court Staffer on Sex Harassment Claims

By Greg Land |

A former staffer at the Atlanta Municipal Court was awarded more than $1.2 million Wednesday following a trial on her claims of sexual harassment against a supervisor and the city. The award includes $350,000 in punitive damages against the man accused of the harassment, Municipal Court Operations Manager Horace Wyatt.

Ex-CEO, Represented by U.S. Attorney Nominee, Gets Prison

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Angelo Alleca, the former CEO of Atlanta-based Summit Wealth Management, has been ordered to pay back millions to investors and spend eight years in federal prison. But it appears things could have been worse for him without a strong defense—from the lawyer nominated to be Atlanta's next federal prosecutor.

Judge Frank M. Hull, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Hull to Take Senior Status on 11th Circuit

By R. Robin McDonald |

For 20 years, Judge Frank Hull has served in a courthouse named for Elbert P. Tuttle, for whom Hull once clerked and whom she has called her greatest influence in the law.

White supremacist groups clash with counter-protesters during the

Judge Quits Over Facebook Posts Ripping Protesters of Confederate Monuments in Charlottesville

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Gwinnett County magistrate judge who posted Facebook insults over the weekend to protesters concerned about Confederate monuments in Charlottesville was off the job permanently by Wednesday evening.

Some Law Schools Take the Lead in Students’ Well-Being, Report Finds


Many law schools across the country run programs to help stressed out or depressed students, some of whom struggle with alcohol or drug problems.

The Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

After Charlottesville, What Do You Think?

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Daily Report wants to know what members of the Georgia bar think about the hate and violence on display last week—and the way forward.

EJ Joswick

Partner Trades Virtual Firm for Thompson Hine—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

After trying out a cloud-based firm, patent lawyer E.J. Joswick has returned to the brick-and-mortar world, joining Thompson Hine as a partner from FisherBroyles.

Judge J.P. Boulee, DeKalb County Superior Court

Judge Awards Fees in Testy Legal Mal Suit

By Greg Land |

On Tuesday, Potts and his lawyer, Eugene Butt, spent nearly a day arguing a ream of motions in a legal malpractice suit filed by Potts' onetime business partner.

L-R Sam Sykes and Tiffany Winks, Hall Booth Smith & Slover, Atlanta.

App Use to Plot Day of Roof Hail 'Damage' Key to Insurer's Win

By Greg Land |

Key to the jury's decision was testimony that a roofer used an app to find the date of a convenient storm to bolster hail-damage claims.

Life University, Marietta, Georgia.

EEOC Sues Life University for Race Discrimination

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Atlanta office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday it has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Life University in Marietta, the largest chiropractic college in the country.

Augustus Invictus

Alt-Right Lawyer Who Organized Charlottesville Rally Launches Senate Bid

By Scott Flaherty |

Augustus Sol Invictus, a retired Florida lawyer, was one of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally that erupted in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.

Georgia AG to Lead National Bipartisan Effort to Fight Elder Abuse

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Thursday he will help lead a national bipartisan effort to stop abuse of older Americans.

L-R Jaime Davis and Stephanie Biddle.

Few Legal Endeavors Are As Rewarding as Potentially Saving a Client's Life

By Jaime E. Davis, King & Spalding Stephanie B. Biddle, Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers |

One of the first things lawyers learn in domestic violence training at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation is that intimate partner violence can occur in any relationship, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or education level. Two lawyers saw that firsthand.

Total Solar Eclipse.

As Eclipse Looms, Georgia AG Warns of Counterfeit Glasses and Some Courts Close

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

As Georgians prepare to watch the moon block the sun totally over the northeast corner of the state Monday afternoon—and 97 percent in the Atlanta area—Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr offered some advice Thursday.

Bart Turner, Savage Turner, Savannah Ga.

Savannah Jury Returns $4.48M Medical Malpractice Verdict

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A jury in Savannah has awarded $4.475 million to a widow whose husband died in a Reidsville hospital the night after spinal fusion surgery.

Do We Really Want to Make It Easier to Go to Law School?


Can we cut through the bull about why law schools are now accepting GREs for admission? The fact is that applications are falling, and law schools are desperate for hot bodies to fill their empty seats. (Law schools that now accept the GRE include Harvard, Northwestern and Georgetown, reports The National Law Journal; the first school to do so was the University of Arizona.)

Zachary Fardon of King & Spalding in Chicago.

King & Spalding's Latest Lateral Recruit Has Firm Headed to Chicago

By Roy Strom |

Rather than return to Latham & Watkins, Zachary Fardon chose to build a King & Spalding office from the ground up in Chicago. He said he will build his new firm’s Windy City outpost with a focus on “caring, kindness and civility,” noting that those “those couplings are maybe too rare in the Big Law business.”

Yacht Rock Revue

Atlanta Bar End of Summer Fundraiser Features Yacht Rock!

By Meredith Hobbs |

Yacht Rock Revue, the nationally known '70s and '80s tribute band based here in Atlanta, is taking the stage while LawJam, the homegrown battle of less-well-known lawyer bands, takes a hiatus this year.


Feds Pursue $15M Stolen in Oil/Gas Fraud Scheme

By R. Robin McDonald |

For four years, salesmen in Tennessee and Florida boiler rooms sold prospective investors on what they claimed were oil and natural gas projects "tailored for the conservator investor," guaranteeing them 15-55 percent "safe and consistent" annual returns that would "last for decades."

Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other alt-right factions during a

Can an Employer Fire a White Supremacist?

By Erin Mulvaney |

The naming and shaming of a number of participants in the weekend's "Unite the Right" rally has underscored some tricky questions about how discriminatory views should be treated in the workplace.

U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge of the District of Delaware.

US Magistrate Greenlights Suit Over $5M in Financial Firm Investments

By Tom McParland |

A Georgia-based technology and investment firm must defend claims that it duped two early stockholders into investing a combined $5 million in the venture, a Delaware magistrate judge ruled on Tuesday.

What Sets 'Elite Firms' Apart?

By Michael Trotter |

A book author explores what he calls "The Elite Firms"—firms that are part of The Am Law 100 that meet criteria he thinks set them apart.

KPMG Settles SEC Auditing Charges for $6.2M

By B. Colby Hamilton |

International accounting firm KPMG agreed to a $6.2 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, regulators announced Tuesday.

Jamie Lewis Keith.

Florida Audit: Ex-GC May Have Altered Public Papers Criticizing Her

By Kristen Rasmussen |

As general counsel at the University of Florida, Jamie Keith may have altered and withheld requested public records and unlawfully used university funds to pay for outside legal counsel, an internal audit has found.

Governor, U.S. Attorney, GSU to Host 'Released' Premiere

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The premiere, which will be followed by a panel discussion including some of the people who appear in the 45-minute documentary.

Georgia State University College of Law

GSU Ramps Up Marketing for Health Law LLM

By Kristen Rasmussen |

When Georgia State University College of Law students went back to class on Monday, none was there for the school's new LLM in health law. But officials are working to change that by next fall.

Georgia Supreme Court building

High Court Ponders Garnishment Status for Ex-Aflac Exec

By Greg Land |

At issue is the garnishment statute the General Assembly passed last year after a federal judge declared the old one unconstitutional.

University of Georgia.

College Sexual Misconduct Investigation Policies in a State of Flux?

By Simon H. Bloom and Nick Phillips, Bloom Sugarman |

New Board of Regents policies come on the heels of proposed legislation in the last session of the Georgia General Assembly that would have required Georgia colleges to report potential sexual misconduct felonies to a campus law enforcement agency or other appropriate law enforcement agency—rather than undertake an investigation on its own.

Revamping Legal Aid: LSC Project Evaluates Legal Sites for Modern Web Standards


The project looks at ways to improve websites funded by the legal aid organization. The Legal Services Corp. (LSC) has helped legal aid organizations put together web content in all 50 states and the territories over the past 15 years. But while legal information doesn’t change very often, the internet and the ways we consume it sure do.

Robert Ingram (left) and Darren Summerville

Did Attorneys Help a Housekeeper Make a Sex Tape Used Against Her Boss?

By R. Robin McDonald |

That unanswered question permeated Monday's oral arguments before the Georgia Supreme Court.

Green Jacket Auctions website.

Augusta National Sues to Stop Auction of Green Jackets

By Kate Brumback |

Augusta National Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against Florida-based Green Jacket Auctions Inc. seeking to stop the company from selling a champion's green jacket and two member green jackets, as well as silverware and a belt buckle bearing Augusta National's map and flag logo.

Heather Heyer

Law Firm Mourns Loss of Legal Assistant Killed in Charlottesville Protest


Heather Heyer, killed Saturday while protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was an “empathetic” worker with a dry sense of humor, according to an attorney for whom she worked.

Tony Buzbee

Investors' Lawyer Says $750M Suit Could 'Bankrupt' Duane Morris

By Miriam Rozen |

Plaintiffs in a 2-year-old lawsuit against Philadelphia’s Duane Morris filed an amended petition that ups their damage calculations to over three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents the investor group behind the suit.

Steve Berry

'I Would Avoid Blacks on This Jury': Will a Secret Memo See a Murder Case Overturned?

By R. Robin McDonald |

Attorney Stephen Reba found the memo amid a sheaf of loose papers in one of 10 banker boxes left over from the 2007 murder trial of a coastal Georgia physician.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Ga. Justices Issue 3 Lawyer Discipline Decisions

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued lawyer discipline opinions regarding Gerald W. Fudge, Michael Bernard King and James Hugh Potts, II.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Attorneys as Fortune-Tellers—Liability for Errors in Valuing Claims

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

Here are some of the issues relevant to a determination of whether an attorney's inaccurate valuation could create potential malpractice liability.

Steptoe & Johnson offices in Washington, D.C.  June 12, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Steptoe Strikes Back in Gender Bias Suit Filed by Ex-Associate


Firing back at gender bias allegations filed by a former associate, Steptoe & Johnson forcefully denied Thursday that it has a pay disparity between women and men and urged a Los Angeles federal judge to send a suit against the firm to arbitration.

Marc Wites.

Eleventh Circuit Boosts the Right to Say No to Unwanted Phone Calls

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued a ruling bolstering the right of say no to unwanted phone calls.

Dan Werner of Southern Poverty Law Center.

Major New Pro Bono Projects Help Imprisoned Immigrants, Struggling Students

By Meredith Hobbs |

Pro bono leaders from the city's big firms gathered at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton on Tuesday for updates from Dan Werner of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Michael Lucas of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation on two ambitious new pro bono initiatives that are quickly gaining traction.

Is Lean Sigma an Alternative to Alternative Fees?

By Meredith Hobbs |

General counsel can try and reduce costs by demanding discounts or alternative fees from their outside counsel—but at the risk of pitting their own interests against those of the firm. An alternative could be collaborating with outside counsel to streamline processes so legal projects get done more efficiently and at a lower cost.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

Lawyers Trade Volleys in Appeal of $150M Chrysler Verdict

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

As their battle heads to the Georgia Supreme Court, lawyers for the family of Remi Walden and the maker of the Jeep vehicle in which he died have filed briefs framing two dramatically different views of the same trial.

Total Solar Eclipse.

Firms and Courts Prepare for the Sun to Disappear

By Jonathan Ringel |

Firms hope to capitalize on the solar eclipse event, which hasn't occurred like this in the U.S. for 99 years. Courts in cities along the 70-mile-wide band where the moon will totally block the sun for a couple of minutes are expecting masses to descend on their cities.

Emory Universtiy School of Law, Atlanta.

Emory Announces Online LLM in Business or Health Law

By Meredith Hobbs |

Emory University School of Law has announced it will offer the programs starting in the spring semester of 2018 for practicing lawyers with JDs from an ABA-accredited school.

Chief Justice P. Harris Hines, Georgia Supreme Court

Judicial Council Approves New Superior Court Judge for Cobb County

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Judicial Council of Georgia has announced it approved a request for an additional judge for the Cobb County Superior court in Marietta.

Facebook Wins ‘Right of Publicity’ Case Against Country-Rap Singer


In a win for internet and social media companies, a California court of appeal on Wednesday ruled that Facebook Inc. cannot be penalized for posting advertisements next to a user-generated page critical of the “country-rap” singer Mikel Knight.

Value of Firm Equity Tackled in Big Law Partner's Divorce Case


In a 53-page decision that at times reads like a partnership primer, the New Jersey Appellate Division has tackled the tricky issue of the monetary value of a lawyer’s practice and in the process upended many aspects of a New Jersey Big Law attorney’s divorce judgment.

Donald Trump.

5 Transgender Military Members Sue Trump Over Ban

By P.J. D’Annunzio |

Backlash over President Donald Trump’s tweeted intention of banning transgender people from military services has now culminated in a federal lawsuit.

The band Phish performs at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Phish Fans Claim Ticket Site Phished Them for $10K

By Greg Land |

The couple realized after they bought the tickets in February that they'd been phished away from what they thought was a Ticketmaster website to an unknown vendor's website.

Waffle House Wins Challenge to Arbitration Requirement

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Atlanta-based 24-hour restaurant chain Waffle House Inc. has won a challenge to a Florida federal judge's denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a class action employment lawsuit.

L-R Judge Gail Tusan and Antavius Weems.

Lawyer Wants More Black, Male Judges on Fulton Juvenile Court Bench

By Greg Land |

Antavius Weems said he's concerned there's a lack of black male role models on the bench.

Top Verdicts & Settlements

Georgia's Top Verdicts & Settlements of 2016 lists the highest grossing cases in the state as reported by VerdictSearch, an affiliate publication of the Daily Report.

Fulton County Courthouse

Athens Bars Drop Suit Over 'Michael's Law' Limiting Age of Workers

By Greg Land |

The suit was dismissed with prejudice in the wake of a June opinion by the Georgia Supreme Court that effectively barred any lawsuits challenging the enforcement of purportedly unconstitutional laws.

In Trademark Fight, Coke Hopes to Come Away With 'Zero'

By Scott Graham |

The Coca-Cola Co. and King & Spalding partner Bruce Baber are defending a challenge to the Coke Zero trademark. At issue in Tuesday's argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: whether the term zero is too generic to trademark.

Parents Owe $292,000 for Suit in Son's Gym Mat Death

By Russ Bynum |

The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat and their attorney must pay more than $292,000 in legal fees to dozens of people they accused of foul play in a lawsuit that was later dropped, a judge ruled.

The Knowledge Management Gamble: Aderant Acquires Handshake Software

By Ian Lopez |

The acquisition expands Aderant's product suite into knowledge management while keeping Handshake products under the Handshake name.

Judge Tim Batten. Handout Photo 6-13-2013

Judge Awards $11.9 Million in Suit Against Civil Air Patrol

By R. Robin McDonald |

When Atlanta attorney Ranse Partin sued the U.S. Civil Air Patrol on behalf of the widow of a physician killed in a 2014 plane crash that also took the lives of two of his companions, he decided to learn to fly.

'Apex Doctrine' Is a Tool For Defense Industry, Lawyer Writes

The "apex doctrine" is another of those tools first created by the defense industry to stymie discovery of evidence.

UPS Pays $2M to Resolve EEOC's Disability Discrimination Case

By Erin Mulvaney |

The United Parcel Service Inc. agreed to pay $2 million to resolve a long-running nationwide dispute with former and current employees who claimed the company's inflexible leave policy unfairly positioned disabled workers, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday.

Deputy GC of One of the Largest Homebuilders Talks About Constructing a Strong Legal Team With Outside Counsel

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Atlanta-based PulteGroup Inc. has seen a lot of leadership changes lately. One constant in the legal department over the past 13 years, however, is vice president and deputy GC Ellen Padesky Maturen.

Judge William Duffey

Lawyer Asks 11th Circuit to Reconsider $1,548 Sanction

By Greg Land |

Attorney Sandra Finch and her lawyer, Bruce Harvey, argued the appellate court erred when it ruled Finch waived her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination during a now-settled insurance dispute.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Peyton Hawes Jr.

State Bar of Georgia president writes to extend bar's condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Elberton native and longtime Atlanta attorney Peyton S. Hawes Jr. for his recent passing.

Gulfstream Aerospace G150.

Bank Moves to Ground Commercial Developer's Private Jet

By R. Robin McDonald |

Fed up with what it viewed as empty promises to make good on an outstanding loan, JP Morgan Chase has asked a federal judge to ground a $12 million private jet until the commercial real estate developer who owns it settles up.

Miguel Alexander Pozo, Duane Morris, Atlanta

Duane Morris Drives Off With Mercedes’ Top Litigation Counsel

By Meredith Hobbs |

Miguel Pozo, the head of litigation and deputy general counsel for Mercedes-Benz USA, has joined Duane Morris as a partner.

David and Goliath concept.

Deposing the Giant Under the Apex Doctrine

By Jake Evans, Thompson Hine |

Many jurisdictions have adopted a unique test called the Apex Doctrine to examine the permissibility of apex depositions.

Jury box.  2-9-11.  Photo by Jason Doiy...

Will Trials Ever Return?

By Amanda Farahany, Barrett & Farahany |

The vanishing trial may be the most important issue facing our civil justice system today. It deserves our continued attention.

How to Speed Up and Streamline Your Next Arbitration

By Henry R. Chalmers and Rebecca Lunceford Kolb, Arnall Golden Gregory |

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act streamlines the process for initiating arbitrations, sets tight deadlines for concluding them, automatically confirms arbitration awards and provides speedy resolution of any challenges directly to the Delaware Supreme Court.

In-House Profile: Managing Litigation at Georgia-Pacific

By Jonathan Ringel |

Starting as chief litigation counsel in 2005, John Childs holds the title of assistant general counsel, litigation, at Georgia-Pacific, managing 12 in-house lawyers among more than 50 in the company's in-house department.

State Bar Congratulates Member on Confirmation as FBI Director

State Bar of Georgia writes letter to congratulate Christopher A. Wray of King & Spalding in Atlanta on becoming FBI director.