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Captain Mark Kelly, Co Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Prosecutors Convene in Atlanta With Aim to Curb Gun Violence

By Greg Land |

Nearly two dozen prosecutors from around the country met in Atlanta for a daylong summit Tuesday to discuss ways to rein in an epidemic of gun deaths that has long earned America the title of leader of the industrial world in the number of citizens killed by firearms.

Meet 40 Rising Stars and a Luminary

By Mary Smith Judd |

It was bound to happen. Our annual On the Rise issue is now a family affair. The 2014 class includes the spouse of one past pick and a sibling of another.

Going Rate 2014

How Does Your Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Database

Find out what Georgia lawyers and firms located here charge. Plus, our annual Going Rate special issue coverage explores the art—and science—behind crafting the perfect hourly rate.

Demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court to bring attention to reconsideration of the Citizens United v. FEC decision.  February 23, 2012.

Emory Law Study: Campaign Spending Skews Justice Against Defendants

By Marcia Coyle |

Skyrocketing spending on television advertising in state supreme court elections has rendered justices less likely to vote in favor of criminal defendants, a new study found.

Matthew Hilt

'Pendulum Swing' Pushes Insurance Defense Lawyer to Other Side

By Meredith Hobbs |

After 19 years practicing insurance defense law, Matthew Hilt has switched to the plaintiffs' side and joined Morgan & Morgan.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Lawyer Says Three-Year Suspension Equals Disbarment

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The attorney who received a stricter-than-recommended penalty from the state Supreme Court for abandoning and failing to repay two clients expressed disappointment Monday afternoon at his three-year suspension.

Advice From In-House Counsel: Show Some Business Sense and Make Us Look Good to Management

By Meredith Hobbs |

Two in-house counsel gave remarkably similar responses when asked how outside lawyers can keep clients happy.

Daniel Trujillo Sr. VP and Chief Compliance Officer, Walmart International

Wal-Mart Compliance Chief Looking Beyond the Scandals

By Sue Reisinger |

Daniel Trujillo likes to tell the story of visiting Wal-Mart stores when he was first hired to learn more about the retailing business.

Judge Ed Carnes

Eleventh Circuit Chief Declares End to Emergency

By Alyson M. Palmer |

With his court back to nearly full strength, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has announced the end of a court emergency.

S. Lester Tate III

Tate to Head JQC; William Hill Gets Nod for Open Seat

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state Judicial Qualifications Commission is taking on new leadership as chairman Robert Ingram departs when his second term at the judicial watchdog agency ends Nov. 1, and vice chairman Lester Tate steps into his role as chairman.

Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines wrote the majority opinion that sided with prosecutors.

Ga. Justices Side With Prosecutors 6-1 Over Late-Night Police Encounter

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled 6-1 for prosecutors on Monday in a Fourth Amendment case about a late-night police encounter in which a divided Court of Appeals had reached the opposite result.

Gerald Lupa said his client’s son died in the Douglas County Jail.

Suit: Douglas County Jail's Health Provider Caused Inmate's Death

By Greg Land |

The mother of a man who died in jail after being given a medication he was allergic to is suing the private company that handles inmate health care for the Douglas County Jail.

From left: Judge Susan Edlein, Judge Shawn Lagrua, Terri Beck, Jacquelyn H. Saylor, Jonathan Rapping and Melody Richardson.

2014 Celebrating Service Awards

The Atlanta Bar Association held its annual Celebrating Service luncheon and Pro Bono Fair on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Piedmont Driving Club.

S. Lester Tate III

Lester Tate to Take Over JQC; William Hill Nominated for Open Seat

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state Judicial Qualifications Commission is taking on new leadership as chairman Robert Ingram departs when his second term at the judicial watchdog agency ends Nov. 1, and vice chairman Lester Tate steps into his role as chairman.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Divided Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID to Take Effect

By Tony Mauro |

A rare Saturday morning order from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a strict voter ID law to take effect in Texas “risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” three justices warned in dissent.

Tips for Hiring and Working With Experts

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Selecting and working with consultants and experts is a routine aspect of the modern practice of law.

Ga. Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines

Georgia High Court Sides With Prosecutors 6-1 on Fourth Amendment Issue

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The state Supreme Court has ruled 6-1 for prosecutors in a Fourth Amendment case that split the Court of Appeals more deeply.

High Court Imposes a 3-Year Suspension and Accepts Two Reprimands in Lawyer Discipline Cases

This disciplinary matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation of the special master, John M. Hyatt, who recommends that Respondent William Charles Lea (State Bar No. 442006) be suspended for a period of six months

Court Unseals Divorce File of Ala. Federal Judge

A court has unsealed the divorce record of an Alabama federal judge arrested on a domestic violence charge in Atlanta in August.

Lawyers Swap Jury Stories, Wisdom as Wait for Ellis Verdict Grows

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

As the jury weighing the fate of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis entered its ninth day of deliberations on Friday, criminal defense lawyers not involved in the case shared stories and wisdom about long waits for a verdict.

Entry-Level Pay for Big Law in Atlanta Flat Since Recession

By Meredith Hobbs |

Five years after big firms slashed associate pay in response to the recession, the market rate for their first-year associates in Atlanta is still $135,000.

Data Breach Study: Good News but Much Work Remains

By Judy Selby |

In September 2014, Experian Data Breach Resolution Group and the Ponemon Institute released their second annual study on data breach preparedness.

Health Law Speaker: Ebola Czar Is 'Wicked Smart'

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Ebola discussion broke in again at a public health law conference on Friday.

Matthew Penn, Director, Public Health Law Program, Office for State Tribal, Local and Territorial Support for the CDC.

CDC Lawyer Urges Looking at the Law as Ebola Emotion Swirls

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Several attendees at a public health law conference in Atlanta gathered early Friday to drink coffee and talk about responses to the Ebola outbreak.

Court, Sheriff Warn of Jury Duty Scammers Demanding Money

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County Superior Court and the Fulton County Sheriff's Office are warning of a scam involving fraudsters pretending to be court officials or deputies calling citizens

Court Ejects $6M Smoker Verdict Against Reynolds

By Adolfo Pesquera |

A $5.9 million jury verdict in favor of a chain smoker's widow was reversed and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was granted a new trial Thursday because the trial judge suppressed evidence of the smoker's alcoholism.

Jon Peters and Sharon Neal

Defense Wins Against $6 Million Med-Mal Claim

By Greg Land |

A Fayette County jury has returned a defense verdict in the case of a man who claimed he was disabled by a doctor's failure to diagnose a spinal problem in time for a surgical procedure to prevent permanent damage.

Lawyer Mom Files Complaint Against Immigration Judge Who Refused to Delay Hearing for Maternity Leave

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A Lawrenceville immigration attorney has filed a complaint alleging sexism against an Atlanta immigration court judge who denied her request for a continuance in a case for maternity leave.

Sally Q. Yates

Report: Atlanta U.S. Attorney Could Replace Departing Deputy AG

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates is being mentioned as a possible replacement to fill the second highest post at the U.S. Justice Department, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

Carol Hunstein and Linda Klein

Georgia Legal Services Honors Champions of Justice

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Georgia Legal Services Program honored 10 lawyers, judges and citizen advocates at its annual Champions of Justice event on Oct. 7, hosted by Alston & Bird.

Mary Palma

Could You Write a Novel in 30 Days? Mary Palma Did

By Mary Helen Martin |

Lawyer Mary Palma and her five siblings have long enjoyed writing stories and sharing them with each other. So when Palma stumbled upon a book called "No Plot? No Problem!," it struck a chord with her.

L-R Scott Burris, Director, Public Health Law Research and Professor of Law at Temple University, Gene W. Matthews, Director , Network for Public Health Law-Southeastern Region, ASLME and Wendy Parmet, Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Talk about Public Health Law: Looking Back and Ahead, at the 2014 ASLME Public Law Health Conference.

Ebola Is a Hot Topic at Atlanta Public Health Law Conference

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Obesity, tobacco and vaccination policy were on the agenda at a national gathering of lawyers, professors and other public health professionals this week in Atlanta—but attendees keep coming back to Ebola.

The Ebola virus under a microscope

Nurse at Dallas Ebola Hospital Hires Fort Lauderdale Lawyer

By Adolfo Pesquera |

An emergency room nurse who treated a fellow nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Dallas is taking time off and retained a noted Fort Lauderdale plaintiffs firm rather than return to work.

Chief Judge Cynthia Wright

Judge Rejects Sovereign Immunity for State in Contract Dispute

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A Fulton County judge is allowing a breach of contract claim to move forward against the state Department of Community Health in which a government employee claims she was duped into purchasing a top-tier health insurance plan that was reduced to a more modest plan—without receiving any reimbursement for the difference.

A. Lee Parks

AGs Office Considers Appeal in Class Action

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The state attorney general's office is deciding whether to appeal a judge's decision to allow a potential class action to move forward against the Georgia Department of Community Health in which a government employee alleges she was duped into buying a more expensive health insurance plan.

Left, Greg Hecht, right, Sam Olens

AG Incumbent Out-Raises, Out-Spends Challenger

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

With less than three weeks left in the race for state attorney general, incumbent Sam Olens has a war chest nearly four times as large as that of opponent Greg Hecht, according to the latest round of campaign finance disclosures released this week.

(left to right) Ed Shoemaker, a police officer with the Emory Police Department, and Jane Jordan, the deputy general counsel/chief counsel for health affairs for Emory University, at the Ebola Law Panel Discussion at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta Ga. on October 14, 2014. (photo by Rebecca Breyer/freelance photographer)

Emory Deputy GC Recounts Legal Issues in Treating Ebola Patients

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A top lawyer at Emory University said Tuesday that even with a decade of planning, the school's health care system had to deal with unexpected issues—including legal matters—as its campus hospital began treating Americans who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa.

GreenLaw held its 2014 Environmental Heroes celebration Oct. 7 on the terrace of Nelson Mullins. David Worley of Harris Penn Lowry and Terri Lyndall of Galloway & Lyndall, which won the Ogden Doremus Award for excellence in environmental law.

After Hours: Spotlights Lawyers' Lives Outside Their Offices

Check out our gallery of photos from four recent events for legal professionals. Represented are GreenLaw’s Environmental Heroes awards, a Fulton County Veterans Court recognition, an Atlanta Trend Leadership luncheon event and the Multi-Bar Leadership Council’s Diversity Award presentation.

John Roberts, Jr., 2000.

Roberts Considered Representing Clinton in Jones Supreme Court Case

By Tony Mauro |

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., then in private practice, did not rule out representing President Bill Clinton before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 in the legal battle over Paula Jones’ allegations of sexual harassment.

NPR Reports on Litigator Who Changed Her Voice to Get More Respect

By Jonathan Ringel |

Here's a story to get people at your law office talking—about how people talk. A feature Tuesday on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" discussed a New York litigator who sought professional help to change her voice after partners noted how high her voice was.

Kent Altom manages the Georgia and Alabama litigation practice group at McCalla Raymer, a real estate law firm that primarily represents mortgage creditors with offices in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Hard Work Doesn't Guarantee Success, but It Improves the Odds

By Kent Altom |

By any measure, education, work ethic and ambition are essential to success. Having the right education, being willing to work hard, and dreaming big, while essential to success, do not (individually or collectively) guarantee success.

New Judges Sought in Ocmulgee Circuit

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for two judicial vacancies in the Ocmulgee Circuit.

Joseph A. Fried

Plaintiff Collects $5.475 Million in Chain Reaction Crash

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Atlanta lawyer Joe Fried thought he had a straightforward personal injury case when he filed a complaint last year in Habersham County Superior Court on behalf of a woman hurt in a three-car collision.

Natalie Woodward

Court Says Parents of Facebook Phony Can Be Liable for Defamation

By Greg Land |

The parents of a teenager who created a Facebook page purporting to show a classmate making profane and racist comments can be held liable for defamation because they allowed the page to remain online for nearly a year after it was discovered, Georgia appeals judges have ruled.

Samuel Mullet stands in front of his Bergholz, Ohio, home, on October 10, 2011.

Feds Ask Full Sixth Circuit to Review Amish Beard-Cutting Case

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a divided panel decision reversing the convictions of 16 members of the Ohio Amish community who engaged in a series of hair-shearing and beard-cutting assaults against followers of the faith three years ago.

Judge Mark Fuller, left, with attorney Jeff Brickman.

Embattled Alabama Judge Comes to Atlanta to Prove He's Complying With Diversion Program

By Alyson M. Palmer |

As beleaguered U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama made another court visit in Atlanta on Tuesday, an Alabama news outlet was seeking to unseal court documents about his past.

Michael Blake of Habif Arogeti & Wynne speaks on “The ROI of Doing the Right Thing.”

After Hours: Daily Report's In-House Counsel Seminar

The Daily Report sponsored an in-house counsel CLE seminar at the Buckhead Club on Oct. 1.

Avi Stadler says that as “a legal department of one” for national court-reporting company Esquire Deposition Solutions, he relies on outside counsel for active litigation, IP and other transactional matters.

Meet the GC: Avi Stadler of Esquire Solutions

By Mary Welch |

Avi Stadler joined Esquire Deposition Solutions, a national court-reporting company based in Atlanta, in May 2014.

Lisa Bondurant

On the Move: Womble Picks Up Litigation Team From Smith Moore

By Meredith Hobbs |

Elizabeth Bondurant and her litigation team have joined Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice from Smith Moore Leatherwood. They handle insurance and fiduciary litigation, including ERISA claims.

In-House Counsel’s Big Worry: BYOD E-Discovery

By Sue Reisinger |

A new survey of in-house counsel shows that managing mobile and social networking data is the No. 1 e-discovery issue they will face in the near future.

University of Georgia School of Law

UGA Law Team Wins Trial Tournament

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The University of Georgia's trial advocacy season is off to a good start: Earlier this month, a UGA law school team won the University of Florida's first National Trial Advocacy Tournament.

Daily Report Publisher Wayne Curtis, left, with Pierre Beuret and Eric M. Robinson

After Hours: The Daily Report's Inaugural LawTech Atlanta

Georgia's legal community gathered at the Twelve Hotel in Atlantic Station on Oct. 9 for the inaugural LawTech Atlanta seminar, sponsored by the Daily Report.

David Perdue and Michelle Nunn shake hands at the conclusion of the senate debate in Reaves Arena at the Georgia National Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Senate Candidates Differ on Boggs Nomination

By R. Robin McDonald |

Democratic senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn says the stalled nomination of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs to the federal bench in Atlanta is "problematic" and one that she has "serious reservations" about.

LinkedIn Sued for Furnishing Reference Reports on Users

By Ross Todd |

LinkedIn faces claims that it violates a federal consumer protection law by providing reference reports about potential employees to paid subscribers.

<b>ABORTION:</b>  The Supreme Court was asked to intervene in a dispute over restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas.

Term Off to a Rollicking Start

By Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court's opening week was like no other, a roller coaster of buried big news, mishaps and oral arguments that touched on the length of beards and the meaning of work.

Are Schools Required to Use Mandatory Defibrillators on Athletes?

By Noreen Marcus |

If the law requires a layperson to have a potentially lifesaving medical device, must it be used? That issue is before the Florida Supreme Court, which heard oral argument Oct. 6 in a case that has a devastated family facing off against a high school.

Left, Greg Hecht, right, Sam Olens

Hecht, Olens Spar on Role of AG's Office

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

During the first face-to-face debate in the race for state attorney general, incumbent Sam Olens reiterated that he sees his role as defender of state laws and agencies regardless of his personal opinions.

J. Marcus Howard

Plaintiff to Appeal After Jury Grants Low Verdict For Fall Blamed on Splatter in Hibachi Restaurant (includes video)

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A plaintiff who won only $20,000 while seeking hundreds of thousands more may appeal over how the defense lawyer admitted his client's liability during closing argument.

Lawyers Differ on Whether They'd Take an Ebola Med-Mal Case

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Lawyers in Texas started pondering medical malpractice claims when news broke last month that a man with Ebola was admitted to a Dallas hospital four days after he had been sent home from the emergency room, even though he had been showing symptoms and said he had just arrived in the country from Liberia.

Mallet, legal code and scales of justice. Law concept, studio shots

Lawyer Settles Lil Wayne Scam Case

By Greg Land |

A confidential settlement shortly before trial has ended a dispute between a would-be investor and the lawyer who unwittingly forked over $210,000 of the financier's money to fraudsters pretending to represent rapper Lil Wayne.

Reader Congratulates Jill Pryor on Her Confirmation by the Senate

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to attorney Jill A. Pryor of Atlanta on her unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Charles Hoff has a PCI dedicated legal and consultative practice and is CEO of PCI University, He previously was senior vice president and international counsel at Equifax and general counsel for the Georgia Restaurant Association.

Attorneys Must Heed Data Security Warnings

By Charles Hoff |

As the headlines about data and credit card breaches appear almost daily, and as both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission are expanding their traditional domains to extend their reach into the data breach arena, members of the bar have a newfound responsibility.

John Eaves

Fulton Panel Unveils 'Smart Justice' Recommendations

By Greg Land |

A group of lawmakers, law enforcement officials, judges and other members of the legal community on Tuesday recommended that Fulton County implement four new initiatives to make its criminal justice system more efficient and effective.

Joseph A. Fried

Attorney Issues $5K 'Challenge Grant' for Police Trauma Kits

By Greg Land |

Fried Rogers Goldberg partner Joseph Fried has issued a $5,000 "challenge grant" to help the Buckhead Coalition's new program to outfit the Atlanta Police Department with trauma kits.

Report Shows How Alabama Justice Targets Roe v. Wade

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An in-depth piece of reporting published Friday by ProPublica and New Republic tells the story of an Alabama Supreme Court justice on a mission to undo the effects of Roe v. Wade and establish the "personhood" of the unborn under the law.

Another 5-5 Split for 7th Circuit in Wisconsin Voter ID Case

By Zoe Tillman |

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit voted on Friday not to rehear a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law, meaning the case may move more quickly up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cobb ADA Chuck Boring is “at the top of his game,” defense lawyer says.

Prosecutor Surprises Opponent With Closing Change-Up; Defendant Gets Life Plus 20 Years

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring surprised a frequent adversary with a different approach to closing arguments during a trial this week, with decisive results.

Left, Greg Hecht, right, Sam Olens

Hecht, Olens to Debate on Sunday

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and challenger Greg Hecht are slated on Sunday to debate each other face-to-face for the first time.

Gaston Glock

Gun Mogul Glock's Ex-Wife Sues in Atlanta for $500 Million

By R. Robin McDonald |

The former wife of gun mogul Gaston Glock Sr. has filed a $500 million suit against him in federal court in Atlanta, claiming that he cheated her out of decades of profits generated by the popular pistol that bears his name.

Judges and lawyers gathered Thursday for the St. Thomas More Society of Atlanta’s annual Red Mass, in which jurists are blessed and prayers are offered for justice.

Updated: 2014 Red Mass

The St. Thomas More Society of Atlanta sponsored its annual Red Mass on Thursday at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Archbishop Wilton Gregory served as the principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass.

Josh Gunneman

Crafting a Privacy Policy for Your Clients

By Joshua P. Gunnemann |

Threats from the proliferation of electronic data are frequently cited as top concerns by general counsel of virtually every type of company in nearly every industry.

Woman Gets 8 Years in Prison for Steak Knife Stabbing

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Cobb County judge sentenced a woman to serve eight years in prison and pay $18,000 restitution for stabbing another woman with a steak knife.

John Yates, head of Morris Manning & Martin’s technology practice, said at LawTech that introductions via LinkedIn are replacing résumés and firm bios.

Technology Gives Lawyer Efficiency and a Bare Desk

By Meredith Hobbs |

Tech lawyer John Yates' mission this year is to go paperless, he told lawyers and law firm vendors at the Daily Report's inaugural LawTech event on Thursday.

Lawyer: Gentiva Sale Price Was Boosted by Poison Pill

By Meredith Hobbs |

Greenberg Traurig shareholder Gary Snyder, who represented Atlanta-based Gentiva Health Services in an agreement announced Thursday to be acquired by Kindred Healthcare, said Gentiva's use of a poison pill defense to an initial hostile takeover offer paved the way for a higher sale price.

Suwanee Ga. Attorney Paul L. Groth

Defense Wins in Suit Over Baby That Fell Through Stairway Rails

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The owners of a home on Lake Lanier won a defense verdict against a family that rented their house for a vacation and sued after a baby fell through widely spaced stairway balusters, crushing his skull on the floor in the basement below, according to attorneys on both sides.

Georgia Supreme Court building

High Court Takes Cases on Apportionment and Damages for Witness of Gory Death

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Monday's certiorari grants by the Georgia Supreme Court included two personal injury cases involving car crashes that divided the Court of Appeals at the close of its last term in July.

Georiga Supreme Court justice Carol W. Hunstein

State Wins 6-1 High Court Ruling Over How Much Must Be in Pre-Suit Notices

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a personal injury suit against the state on the ground that the plaintiff's pre-suit notice didn't include enough information about her damages—even though she didn't know the full extent of her damages at the time.


She's Got It Covered, From A to Z (Attorney to Zumba)

By Mary Helen Martin |

Attorney Margaret "Maggie" Hanrahan didn't set out to become a lawyer. A dancer in high school, Hanrahan planned to major in performing arts in college. But her future changed when she broke her hip in a car accident, removing dance as an option.

Timothy McCormack

Justices Explore if Internet Speech Can Be Stalking

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court this week heard a case about stalking, free speech rights on the Internet and the author of "The Dash," an oft-cited poem urging people to make the most of their time between birth and death, which is represented by a dash on tombstones.

Judge Jerry Baxter

Lawyer: College Park Ordered to Pay $250,000 for Contempt

By Greg Land |

The city of College Park is being ordered to pay a $250,000 contempt citation for its refusal to abide by a judge's order that it issue business and other permits to an Old National Highway check-cashing and financial services operation.

The Churn

King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Bingham McCutchen has one partner remaining in London after King & Spalding announced its hire this week of restructuring specialist ELISABETH BALTAY.

Best Of 2014: The Results Are In

The lawyers have voted. We reveal Georgia lawyers' picks for best client lunch, best court reporter plus 35 other categories of favorites

Dear Partner: As the Holidays Approach, Consider the Gift of Feedback

By Jeremy Berry |

Associates, particularly new associates, yearn and deserve feedback. Whether formally through an annual review process, or via informal comments and pointers offered during an assignment, partners should provide as much feedback to an associate as possible.

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano to Speak at UGA Law School

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system and former U.S. secretary of homeland security, will speak at the University of Georgia School of Law this month.

David Bateman.

Pro Bono Help Arrives for Victims of Revenge Porn

By Amanda Bronstad |

Despite its prevalence, revenge porn victims face challenges in pursuing legal remedies against those who post sexually explicit photos of them on the Internet.

Sally Q. Yates

U.S. Attorney Dropped Drug Case to Shield Probe of Witness

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates says federal prosecutors abruptly dismissed gun and drug charges against a 22-year-old man last month because her office learned that the testimony of a federal witness might be discredited.

Letter to the Editor: U.S. Attorney: Daily Report Article on Case Dismissal Was Unfair, Inaccurate

This letter responds to the article, "Feds Drop Case After Opening Statements" (Daily Report, Oct. 1, 2014). The article describes the dismissal of federal criminal charges against defendant Carlos Alfredo Arevalo after the start of trial, and purports to identify the government's reasons underlying the dismissal.

Left to right, Jason Carter and Nathan Deal

Carter, Deal Talk Judicial Appointments

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

With at least three appellate judges expected to step down in the next four years, whoever takes office as governor in January will have the chance to leave a sizeable fingerprint on Georgia's judiciary.

Gerald Thomas

On the Move: McGuireWoods Adds Three Partners

By Meredith Hobbs |

McGuireWoods has added three partners in the past month—most recently tax lawyer Gerald Thomas II from Morris Manning & Martin this week.

Allen Maines

Holland & Knight Gets New Atlanta Leader

By Meredith Hobbs |

Holland & Knight has made Allen Maines the new leader of its Atlanta office, succeeding Robert Highsmith, who served in the role for five years. Highsmith continues to lead the firm's state capitals team and its Georgia government relations practice.

Jonathan Rapping, founder of Gideon’s Promise, will speak.

Annual Program Honors Legal Heroes

By Mary Smith Judd |

Some may say that recognizing—at a single luncheon—the best volunteer work and programs coming out of Atlanta's three largest pro bono legal service organizations is pure genius.

Anna Cross

Court Rejects Appeal of Murder Defendant Who Said Lawyers Pressured Him to Plead Guilty

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday unanimously rejected the arguments of a man who sought to undo his guilty plea for murder on claims that his lawyers had pressured him to plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty.

Victor Reynolds

Exploring Insanity and the Antichrist, Judge Explains His Directed Verdict

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Cobb County judge explored the mind of a killer—and the odd yet significant question of whether the Antichrist could be a human—in explaining why he directed a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity in a murder trial last week.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Georgia Same-Sex Case to Proceed in Wake of SCOTUS' Cert Denials

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to let stand federal appellate rulings upholding same-sex marriage in five states "paves the way for marriage equality in 30 states," said Tara Borelli, cocounsel for the plaintiffs in a challenge to Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Supreme Court Clerk: Plum Job For Legal Elite

By Mark Sherman |

Joshua Matz didn't bother waiting to write about the Supreme Court until he went to work there. He teamed with a renowned Harvard law professor to finish a book about the court before he started his year as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Time For An Upgrade to Your Law Practice

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

From the headlines, attorneys might think they have chosen the worst profession possible in today's world. But they would be wrong.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Georgia High Court Disbars Three; Four Others Surrender Licenses

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday disbarred three lawyers and accepted the voluntary surrender of licenses by four others.

High Court Acts on 12 Cases, Disbars 3 Lawyers

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued the following discipline decisions:

DeKalb Chief Magistrate Saddened by Shooting

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County Chief Magistrate Court's Criminal Division was open for business Friday despite an incident Thursday night when a robbery suspect shot a police detective outside the building. The suspect was then shot dead by another detective.

Closing Arguments Monday in County CEO Trial

Closing arguments are set for Monday as the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis nears its conclusion.