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Judge Jessy Lall, Judge Shukura Millender, Jeffery Tompkins and Judge Stacey K. Hydrick

Gate City Bar and The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Judicial Reception [SLIDESHOW]

The Gate City Bar Association and GABWA hosted their annual judicial reception Aug. 18 at King & Spalding.

Fulton State Court Chief Judge Myra Dixon, Sam Matchett and Fulton Magistrate Court Judge Melynee Leftridge

Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Glitter Gala and Auction [SLIDESHOW]

The Roaring 20s was the theme of the annual event, hosted July 25 by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the GABWA Foundation.

17 Firms With Atlanta Offices Make Midlevel Associates' Top Places to Work List [CHART]

By Jonathan Ringel |

A survey of midlevel associates at big law firms around the country showed that 17 firms with Atlanta offices are among the top places to work.

Jonathan Peters

Third Special Master Is Named for Ralston Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state Supreme Court on Friday named a former DeKalb County Superior Court judge to preside over the State Bar of Georgia's ethics complaint against the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Research Our Updated Database of More Than 2,800 Southern GC Comp Packages, Spanning 8 Years

By Mary Welch |

While GC Compensation Increases Haven't Been Great, Hovering Around 3 Percent, the General Feeling Toward Reimbursements Remains Optimistic

Judge Timothy Batten

Judge Vacates His Class Certification in Delta Bag Fee Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has vacated his Aug. 6 order that allowed an antitrust suit over baggage fees against Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airways to go forward as a class action.

11th Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Fair Debt Collection Class Action

By Alyson Palmer |

A bank's acquisition of credit card debt on which a consumer already has defaulted does not subject the bank to federal rules on fair debt collection practices, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has decided.

Roger Orlando

$2.9M Settles 2004 East Point Chemical Leak Class Action

By Greg Land |

More than 10 years after a chemical leak forced thousands of East Point residents out of their homes on a December night, a German chemical company has reached a $2.9 million class action settlement that will pay each affected resident $500.

The South's Top Ten GC Compensation

Here are the top 10 highest compensated GCs we found in the South.

Top Ten Georgia GC Compensation

Here are the top 10 highest compensated GCs we found in Georgia.

Georgia's Copyright Battle Over Posting of State Laws Threatens Legal Innovation

In what is surely one of the more bizarre lawsuits of late, the state of Georgia recently filed suit against Carl Malamud for uploading the state’s official laws to the Internet and making them available for free.

Judge Reuben Green

Cobb Judge Blasted Prosecutor Over Ex-Judge’s Short-Lived Indictment

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Cobb County judge scolded a special prosecutor who secured the indictment last week of a former DeKalb County judge only to ask for its dismissal in favor of a civil resolution, suggesting that the prosecutor's actions were "pretty close" to criminal.

Jason Carter

Jason Carter Says Taking on New Role at Carter Center Won't Affect His Law Practice

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Last week's news that Jason Carter will take a greater role with the Carter Center as his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, receives cancer treatment has created a misimpression that the younger Carter would like to correct.

Georgia-Based Case Should Be Heard in NY, Panel Finds

By Ben Bedell |

New York is the proper forum for litigating a lease guarantee dispute, notwithstanding its strong connections to Georgia, the Appellate Division, First Department, found Tuesday.

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Sanctions Sought Against Ex-Squire Patton Boggs Lawyer in Sugar Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

Two corn refining companies that booted Squire Patton Boggs from its high stakes lawsuit against the sugar industry are claiming one of the law firm’s former attorneys is still on the case—in violation of a judge’s disqualification order.

David Kendall.

Law Firm Followed Guidance on Emails, Clinton Lawyer Tells Grassley

By Mike Sacks |

David Kendall of Williams & Connolly told the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in a terse letter on Monday that his law firm followed guidance from the State and Justice departments in handling thumb drives containing work-related emails sent to and from the personal server of Hillary Clinton during her service as secretary of State.

Andrew Beal

Judge Awards $635K to Squeezed-Out Health Care Company Partner

By Greg Land |

After a bench trial, a Fulton County judge awarded almost $635,000 to a one-time minority partner in a home health care company who claimed she was squeezed out of the business and denied compensation.

Hulett “Bucky” Askew

Incubator Program Shaping Up for January Launch

By Alyson Palmer |

A controversial program for helping new lawyers get off to a good start is shaping up for a January launch.

BAY Mediation & Arbitration Services holds a “mediator social” at Capital City Club in Brookhaven on Aug. 18: Patricia Killingsworth and Humberto Izquierdo.

After Hours: Spotlights Lawyers' Lives Outside Their Offices [SLIDESHOW]

Check out our gallery of photos from four recent events for legal professionals. Represented are the BAY Mediation & Arbitration Services “mediator social", Judge Gary E. Jackson chosen as president-elect of the Council of Municipal Court Judges of Georgia and the winner of the 13th annual Lawyers for Literacy Trivia Challenge, the team from Morris, Manning & Martin.

Executives Lack Confidence in Cybersecurity Postures

By Chris DiMarco |

A new survey revealed only 31 percent of respondents were confident in their organizations security posture.

Business man and business women walk among large screens displaying information. These screens forming a labyrinth.

How Sound Information Governance Can Protect Your Organization from Risk

By Joe Garber |

While most business leaders now recognize the importance of their business data, few have taken adequate steps to properly control it and manage its inherent risk.

Erika Jayne performs at The Society of Singers' 21st ELLA Awards on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

Spotlight's on Tom Girardi’s 'Real Housewife'

By Amanda Bronstad |

The newest addition to "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is best known on the dance club scene. But her husband, Thomas Girardi, is a big name in the legal world.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing

Report Says Dentons' Leaders Undeterred by China Market Turmoil

By Jonathan Ringel |

As Chinese markets continue to suffer, attention at Dentons—which absorbed the 310-lawyer, Atlanta-based McKenna Long & Aldridge last month—is focused on a deal with a huge Chinese firm.

Ray Lewis

Negligence Trial Begins for Ray Lewis, Santana Moss and Other Football Players Suing BB&T

By Julie Kay |

Jury selection began Tuesday in Miami federal court in the negligence trial against BB&T Bank brought by six current and former NFL players—and it quickly became clear that seating a jury would take more time than usual.

Jones Day's Atlanta Office Led M&A Team for Southern Co.'s $12B AGL Deal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Jones Day's 140-lawyer Atlanta office led the mergers and acquisitions team in the deal for Southern Co. to acquire AGL Resources for $12 billion, including $8 billion in debt.

Judge M.Yvette Miller

Appeals Panel Raps Judge Who Tossed Wife-Beating Charges Because Couple Reconciled

By Alyson Palmer |

A panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals has rejected a South Georgia judge's move dismissing a domestic violence prosecution after he learned the defendant and the victim had reconciled. The appellate judges said the trial judge's questions about the married couple's sex life and other matters were "highly inappropriate."

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPT. 8: Show Off Your Wins for InHouse Legal Departments and Firm Litigation Departments of the Year Awards.

The Legal and Litigation Department of the Year contest recognizes Georgia's top in-house departments in distinct categories. To qualify, the departments must be led by lawyers in the state of Georgia. The deadline for submission is September 8.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Building.

Does the FTC Need to Step Up Data Security Enforcement Actions?

By Erin E. Harrison |

Two researchers argue it’s time for the FTC to regulate the end of passwords and even mandate improved authentication.

Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis speaks to a gathering of supporters during a Religious Freedoms Rally at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort Ky., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

Ky. Clerk, Couples Clash in Appeals Court Over Marriage Licenses

By Mike Sacks |

A federal appeals court that upheld same-sex marriage bans is poised to weigh in on a new dispute over whether clerks can deny licenses altogether on religious grounds.

L-R Michael Goldberg and Eric Rogers

Firm Wins $3.5M and $245K in Back-to-Back Verdicts

By Greg Land |

One week after a DeKalb jury awarded a woman rear-ended by an ambulance after she stopped to allow it to pass, her lawyers persuaded a Forsyth County jury to award another client almost $250,000 in post-apportionment damages, despite what attorney Michael Goldberg described as a highly challenging fact set.

Douglas Mincher

At the 'Pinnacle' of His Profession, Eleventh Circuit Clerk Dies at Age 57

By Alyson Palmer |

Mincher, who became clerk of court for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit earlier this year, died on Sunday of an apparent heart attack, according to Circuit Executive James Gerstenlauer.

Steve Lowry

Jury Awards $4.8M to Family for Road Rage Shooting

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Savannah jury has awarded $4.8 million to a Kennesaw couple and their children against a businessman who shot at the family's sport utility vehicle on Interstate 95 as they were heading home from a vacation at Hilton Head Island.

Cynthia Becker

Prosecutor Dismisses Indictment of Former DeKalb Judge

By R. Robin McDonald |

A special prosecutor has dismissed all charges against a former DeKalb County judge four days after he procured the indictment from a Cobb County grand jury.

Independent Counsel Has Obligations, Ruling Says

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

It is well-settled law that attorneys can only be responsible—and potentially liable—to their clients for errors or issues arising out of a representation. This simple premise is invaluable for risk-avoidance issues, in that attorneys typically only ever have to defend a claim for malpractice or breach of fiduciary duty by a client.

L-R Craig Stafford and Jeff Arnold

Jury Awards $1.75M in Death of Woman Whose Stomachache Turned Out to Be Heart Attack

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A jury in Hinesville has awarded $1.75 million to the widower of a woman who died of a heart attack while hospitalized for abdominal pain.

L-R Jonathan Adelman and Russell Waldon

Waldon Adelman Cooks on Hot Summer Trial Calendar

By Greg Land |

It's been a busy summer for defense litigation shop Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout. Over a period of three weeks, the 32-member firm tried nine jury cases to victory or minimal plaintiffs' awards, continuing a courtroom-heavy schedule that has seen its members handle 23 jury trials this year.

Kayla Kupcakes

South Florida Judge Gets Eyeful from Porn Star in Court

By Celia Ampel |

A Broward judge got an unexpected show Thursday from a porn star appearing in bond court.

Camila Wright

Civil Lawyers Fundraiser Will Tackle Sex Trafficking of Young People

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The human trafficking prosecutor for Georgia's attorney general says she believes a new group of civil lawyers may be a powerful addition to the battle against the exploitation of young people for the sex trade.

Heightened Risk of Cyberattacks Puts Pressure on Law Firms to Bolster Defenses

By Erin E. Harrison |

Considering 80 of the 100 biggest law firms have been hacked since 2011, it stands to reason yours could be next.

Revisiting the Lessons to be Learned from Target Breach

By Ed Silverstein |

Not only is there a concern about financial impact, but a breach can cause problems for the company’s brand, customer loyalty, and time spent on responding to legal issues.

Judge Cynthia Becker

Grand Jury Indicts Ex-DeKalb Judge Over Her Dealings With JQC

By R. Robin McDonald |

A former DeKalb County Superior Court judge has been indicted by a Cobb County grand jury on charges that she lied to the state judicial watchdog agency about her handling of a public corruption case.

Clay Long

Clay Long Goes Solo, Works on Coke Bottler Deal

By Meredith Hobbs |

Citing client conflicts, Clay Long, one of the founders of McKenna Long & Aldridge, has started a solo practice rather than join Dentons, which swallowed his former firm last month.

Justin Daniels

Baker Donelson Hopes Cybersecurity Event Unlocks Israeli Business for Atlanta

By Meredith Hobbs |

Now that cybersecurity has become a hot practice area, an increasing number of large firms have been organizing conferences on the topic. But one that Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz is holding Thursday and Friday at Georgia Tech is a bit different.

L-R John G. Mabrey and Rod Dixon

Jury Awards $6.9M to Widow of Man Who Died of a Stroke in a Hospital

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A jury in Columbus returned a $9.2 million verdict—with about $6.9 million apportioned against the defendant in the case—for the widow of a 41-year-old man who died of a stroke in a hospital where he'd gone to be evaluated for stroke symptoms.

Judge Reuben Green

Cobb Judge Visits Program for Homeless Veterans

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Reuben Green on Aug. 14 visited the Atlanta Veterans Administration's homeless program at Fort McPherson to assist men and women who have served in the armed forces.

There were up to 235 deputies at the Fulton County Courthouse in 2005. A panel urged increasing to 314 deputies, but only 152 deputies and eight private guards are there now.

Lawyers Sought to Judge Mock Trial Tourney at Fulton Courthouse

By Greg Land |

The organizers of a high school mock trial tournament slated to be held Sept. 12-14 at the Fulton County Courthouse are looking for attorneys to judge the competition.

Judge Bensonetta T. Lane

New Danielle Rollins Suit Claims Fulton Family Court Is Illegal

By Greg Land |

Enmeshed in bitter post-divorce litigation that has their client facing potential jail time for contempt of court, attorneys for the ex-wife of the former Orkin CEO Glen Rollins have taken a new tack: Claiming the family court handling her case is illegally constituted.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Atlanta Ga.

Former DeKalb Commissioner's Husband Joins Her in Federal Prison

By R. Robin McDonald |

The husband of a former DeKalb County commissioner who is serving prison time for public corruption will serve a year and a day in federal prison for conspiring to steal county money, Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn announced Wednesday.

Scott Harty

Alston & Bird Adds Tax Partner From Smith Gambrell

By Meredith Hobbs |

Alston & Bird has recruited a cross-border tax partner, Scott Harty, from Smith Gambrell & Russell's Atlanta office.

Cybersecurity Data Sharing Is Now Available to Law Firms

By Christine Simmons |

Law firms now have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. Several chief information officers and data security directors said they expected wide participation, although they expressed some reservations.

Kimberly Sheridan, Chris Corbett and Jeffrey Melcher represent Danielle Rollins in her suit against her former divorce lawyers.

Ex-Wife of Pest Control Heir Sues Lawyers, Claiming $15M Wasn't a Fair Portion

By Greg Land |

The ex-wife of former Orkin CEO Glen Rollins has sued the lawyers who handled her 2013 divorce, claiming they pressured her to sign a hastily prepared, handwritten settlement agreement that gave her some $15 million—but cut her out of millions more. Kimberly Sheridan, Chris Corbett and Jeffrey Melcher, above, represent Danielle Rollins in her suit against her former divorce lawyers.

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

Hedge Fund Manager Acquitted in Atlanta Insider-Trading Case

A federal jury in Atlanta has acquitted a retired hedge fund manager charged with insider trading.

Former Georgia Officers Charged with Murder in Death of Man

By Kate Brumback |

A grand jury indicted two former Atlanta-area police officers on murder charges after prosecutors said they used stun guns on a man while his hands were cuffed behind his back.

Judge Robin Rosenbaum

Ex-Wife May Use Glock Corporate Documents in RICO Suit, 11th Circuit Rules

By R. Robin McDonald |

The ex-wife of international gun mogul Gaston Glock Sr. may use more than 500,000 documents she secured from her former husband's North American operations in Georgia during their contentious Austrian divorce as evidence in her racketeering suit against him, the federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled.

Sally Evans Lockwood

Georgia Doesn't Plan Changes in Wake of ABA Push Against Mental Health Inquiries on Bar Applications

By Alyson Palmer |

A resolution passed by the American Bar Association's House of Delegates asking bar admissions authorities to steer away from questions about applicants' mental health does not call for a re-evaluation of Georgia's bar admissions procedures, according to Georgia Office of Bar Admissions Director Sally Lockwood.

Fourth District Court Puts Kibosh on Judicial Double-Dipping

By Marisa Kendall |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that California judges are not entitled to both disability and regular retirement benefits, in a decision that cost one retired San Bernardino judge more than $500,000.

From left: Austin Kaplan, Pat O'Connell, Jan Soifer, Jim Cato, Jody

County Settles Texas Same-Sex Marriage License Lawsuit

By Angela Morris |

Hood County paid nearly $43,900 in attorney fees—half covered by insurance—to settle a lawsuit by a gay couple who sued county clerk Katie Lang for repeatedly refusing to issue them a marriage license in the week after a U.S. Supreme Court opinion legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Macon Defense Attorney Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

U.S. District Court records show 35-year-old Holly Hogue Edwards was arrested by authorities Monday. Documents unsealed following her arrest show Edwards was indicted last week on three counts of illegal distribution of oxycodone and one count on distributing oxycodone and methamphetamine.

On the Move

BAY Mediation Beefs Up Roster With Five New Picks

By Meredith Hobbs |

BAY Mediation & Arbitration Services has been on a summer hiring spree, adding five experienced Atlanta lawyers to its roster of neutrals: Tom Sampson and T. "Woody" Sampson II of Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins, T. Bart Gary of Freeman Mathis & Gary, C.G. "Sonny" Jester Jr. of Gleeds USA, and Chris Simon, who has a plaintiffs firm and is director of business development for CoCounselor.

Monica Fisher

What Forensic Pros Want Corporate Counsel to Know About Accounting and Financial Risk

By Monica Nelson Fischer and H. Glen Jenkins |

Since the dramatic corporate scandals that lead to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's 2002 enactment and after the financial crisis that erupted in 2007, much has been written for the in-house legal community on best practices regarding financial risk assessments and risk audits.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the cases involving same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges. April 28, 2015.

Right to Marry Includes Right to Choose Spouse: In Prison, Same Sex or Not

By Marcia Coyle |

The right to marry includes the right to select one's spouse, the U.S. Supreme Court said in its landmark same-sex marriage decision. And that right to choose your spouse applies to prison inmates too, a federal appellate panel says in a ruling that points to the high court's landmark decision on gay marriage.

Former Ga. Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears speaks at the Memorial service for Leo Frank. Sunday, August 16, 2015, Temple Kol Emeth, Marietta Ga.

Lawyers, Judges and a Rabbi Call on State to Exonerate Leo Frank

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A group of lawyers and judges led by a rabbi gathered at a synagogue Sunday to say the state of Georgia should exonerate a Jewish businessman who was lynched 100 years ago for a murder they believe he didn't commit—and for which they believe he was convicted out of fear of an anti-Semitic mob.

Judge Robert Castellani

Second Special Master in Ralston Case Recuses

By R. Robin McDonald |

A DeKalb County senior judge appointed to serve as a special master in the State Bar of Georgia's ethics complaint against Georgia's speaker of the House has recused at the insistence of the speaker's lawyer, former Gov. Roy Barnes.

Judge Tim Wright of Georgetown

Former Texas Judge Gets 18 Months in Prison

By John Council |

Former Williamson County Judge Tim Wright was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to selling firearms without a license and making a false statement to a federal agent.

Don Charles Keenan, of The Keenan Law Firm

Atlanta Lawyer Wins $6.6M Verdict in Boston Rape Case

By Greg Land |

The client of Atlanta lawyer Don Keenan is set to collect $6.6 million in her suit against a hotel over her being beaten and raped in its parking deck.

Jon W. Hedgepeth

Divorce Lawyer Offers Advice to Splitting Couples on Selling the House

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Being married to the right person was helpful in formulating a tip that a divorce lawyer shared on how splitting couples can bolster the sale price of their soon-to-be-liquidated home.

Jacob E. Daly

Here's Why Georgia Law Should Let Juries Consider Seat Belt Nonuse [AT ISSUE]

By Jacob E. Daly |

In recent weeks, Jake Evans and Rep. Alex Atwood have persuasively set forth arguments for and against the admissibility of evidence of a plaintiff's failure to use a seat belt. (Jake Evans, "Georgia's Paradox: Seat Belts Required, but Nonuse Is Not Admissible at Trial," Daily Report online June 8 and in print June 9, 2015; Alex Atwood, "Here's Why Georgia Law Doesn't Let Juries Consider Seat Belt Use," Daily Report online June 10 and in print June 12, 2015.)

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson

Georgia Chief Justice Hugh Thompson Elected to National Board

By Alyson Palmer |

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson has been elected to the board of directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, the court has announced.

Julian Bond

Julian Bond Remembered for Civil Rights Work After His Death at 75

By Jesse J. Holland and Jeff Martin |

Through the tough struggles of the civil rights movement, Julian Bond always kept his sense of humor, and it was his steady demeanor that helped him persist despite the inevitable difficulties involved, his wife recalled.

Craig Jones

Panel Revives Suit Against Officer Who Claims He Accidentally Shot Suspect

By Alyson Palmer |

A federal district court judge was wrong to grant summary judgment to a Fulton County police officer who claimed his shooting of a suspect was an accident, an appeals court panel has ruled.

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium Battles Federal Government Over Belugas

By Kate Brumback |

The Georgia Aquarium says a government agency's denial of its permit to import beluga whales was arbitrary and capricious, but the government argues the aquarium failed to meet the law's requirements.

Sterling Spainhour

Atlanta Lawyers at Jones Day Help Flowers' Bread Deal Rise

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta lawyers at three firms, Jones Day, King & Spalding and Alston & Bird, advised clients on several major deals announced this week.

Judges Should Always Tell the Truth, Regardless of Formality [LETTER]

Regarding comments made in "Former JQC Chairman Says Becker Charges Set 'Terrible Precedent'" (online Aug.12; in print Aug. 13):

Tracy Graham Lawson

Prosecutor for JQC in Becker Case Resigns Over Scheduling

By R. Robin McDonald |

A special prosecutor tapped by the state judicial watchdog agency to present ethics charges against a former DeKalb County Superior Court judge resigned from that assignment Thursday, the Daily Report has confirmed.

Who's Leading the Charge Against the SEC's In-House Courts?

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is in a pickle over its in-house judges.

Congratulations to New ABA President-Elect Linda Klein [LETTER]

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to congratulate our past president, Linda A. Klein, managing shareholder in the Atlanta offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, on her recent installation as president-elect of the American Bar Association.

Edward Buckley

In Mourning for the Atticus Finch We Thought We Knew [OPINION]

By Ed Buckley |

Last weekend I was working on an appellate brief in a case that had its origins in a claim of race discrimination. I was on the losing end in the trial court, but not yet ready to throw in the towel. Nor was my client.

3 Young Georgia Lawyers Chosen for ABA Mentoring

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Three young Georgia lawyers have been chosen for a national mentoring program run by the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia has announced.

 L to R: William M. Cummings II and Scott D. Delius

Settlement Follows $2.4M Verdict in Apartment Attack Case

By Greg Land |

A woman who was brutally assaulted at a Midtown apartment complex where she was a property manager has settled her claims against the complex's former owner, about six months after a Fulton County jury awarded her more than $2.4 million, including almost $429,000 in attorney fees.

Saxby Chambliss

Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to Teach at the University of Georgia

By Alyson Palmer |

The University of Georgia on Thursday announced the creation of a new relationship with former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss that will involve him teaching a law school class.

Kevin Ward, of Schulten Ward & Turner

Court of Appeals Says Developer Must Pay $21M to Failed Bank

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Almost $21 million and a simple economic concept are riding on a recent Georgia Court of Appeals decision in a lending dispute: if you borrow money, you have to pay it back, and then some—even if the bank goes out of business.

A Taste of Summer With The BBQ Legal Expert

By Katelyn Polantz |

Food and flame seem longingly distant from health care law, but barbecue is never that far away for one attorney in Dallas. We took a few minutes to ask BBQ law expert Cecil Kuhne III for tasty pointers about lawyering around a grill. This interview is part of an occasional NLJ summer series about diversions from Big Law.

History of Domestic Violence Behind Guilty Plea in Murder of Drag Queen

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A history of domestic violence between a couple was the theme of a murder case that concluded with a guilty plea and a life sentence in Marietta on Wednesday.

L to R: Ben Easterlin and Lester Tate

Former JQC Chairman Says Becker Charges Set 'Terrible Precedent'

By R. Robin McDonald |

A former chairman of the state judicial watchdog commission says the criminal investigation of a former DeKalb County Superior Court judge for making allegedly false statements to commissioners and staff during a private meeting last year is "a horrible idea and a terrible precedent."

Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building

Eleventh Circuit Revives Lawsuit by Woman Who Claims She Was Raped in Middle School Sting Operation

By Alyson Palmer |

An Atlanta-based federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by a young woman who claims that she was raped in a middle school bathroom in Alabama as school officials attempted to use her as bait in a sting operation.

Anthony 'Tony' Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston

Duane Morris Hit With $150 Million Negligence Suit

By John Council |

Tony Buzbee, who represents a group of big energy investor plaintiffs, alleges that the international law firm hid a litigation demand letter from his clients and even pretended to represent them.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Harris Adams [LETTER]

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge A. Harris Adams of Marietta on his recent and untimely passing.

Law Firm Sues Ex-Partner, Saying He Broke Settlement Deal by Appealing

By Greg Land |

The dispute between an Atlanta law firm and a former Texas-based partner who decamped with most of the Dallas office's lawyers and clients to set up his own firm has erupted in new litigation.

Panel Revives ADA Suit By School Bus Driver Who Said She Needed Air Conditioning

By Alyson Palmer |

As Georgia kids head back to school in muggy, 90-degree weather, an Atlanta-based federal appeals court has revived a school bus driver's lawsuit that claims Clayton County school officials violated federal law by not giving her an air-conditioned bus.

A Bait-and-Switch Leads to a Sue-and-Win

By Angela Waldrop |

Mr. S. was a 54-year-old veteran and former long-distance truck driver who was finally ready to settle down in one place. In early 2013, he found what he thought was the perfect Atlanta apartment.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Nominations for Court of Appeals Are Due by Sept. 1

By Alyson Palmer |

Gov. Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission is gathering names of candidates to fill three new judgeships on the Georgia Court of Appeals, according to a notice sent Wednesday from the State Bar of Georgia.

L-R Ga. Attorney General, Sam Olens and Jason Carter were part of a panel discussing voting rights in America.

Changes to Voting Rights Act Debated at Emory Law School

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said he knew when he walked into the room that he held the minority view, but he stood firm, arguing in support of the 2013 United States Supreme Court decision to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act before a gathering Monday of lawyers who had come to mark the 50th anniversary of its passage.

Civil Rights Icons L-R Fred Gray and U.S. Congressman, John Lewis.

Two Civil Rights Leaders Credit Lawyers for Voting Rights

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers marking the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act filled an auditorium at Emory University law school Monday night to pay tribute to Rep. John Lewis, but he turned the tables on them, crediting lawyers—especially the one sitting next to him—for helping him survive the violence and arrests he endured in the civil rights movement.

Leland H.

Appellate Lawyer From Holland & Knight Launches Firm

By Meredith Hobbs |

Lee Kynes has left Holland & Knight to start his own firm, Kynes Law, handling appellate matters and litigation support.

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Within these Daily Report articles see Courtroom View Networks coverage of trials, hearings, and oral arguments.

Jonathan Brockman

Plaintiff's Fault Splits $281K Verdict Almost in Half in Auto-Pedestrian Case [VIDEO]

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury decided that a woman who was struck by a car while crossing a road one early evening in Milton suffered nearly $281,000 in damages—but because the panel also said she was 49 percent to blame for the accident, she will receive just under $138,000.

Emmet Bondurant

Gate City Names Four Atlanta Lawyers to Its Hall of Fame

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Gate City Bar Association has named four inductees for its 2015 Hall of Fame: Emmet Bondurant of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Alford Dempsey Jr., Sam Matchett of King & Spalding and Michael Thurmond of Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak.

Sacramento Skyline and the Tower Bridge

King & Spalding Snags Health Care Team in Sacramento

By Meredith Hobbs |

King & Spalding has recruited a four-partner team of health care lawyers from DLA Piper to expand its health care practice to California.