Joel Reed's leap from a GC role to the operations side of a larger, acquiring business might strike some as a risk. But, considering this is the same man who once packed up his wife and their three school-age kids for a nine-month trek around the world, the move might have been foreseeable.
Seven former professional football players who sued the National Football League in groundbreaking litigation over traumatic brain injuries are now suing their former lawyers, including two Georgia firms, over liens placed on the players' individual cuts of the $1 billion settlement, according to a Daily Report affiliate, The Legal Intelligencer in Philadelphia.
Given the current environment, corporations must take an even stronger stance than ever before to curtail a workplace culture that elected officials (and those who hope to be elected) have fostered. Employers must take efforts to train managers to prevent hostile work environments, and to correct these environments where they exist. The emphasis on religious tolerance has never before been so essential to the longevity of a business. The risk of losing customers or lawsuits brought by employees, because of religion, has never been more real.
The Daily Report spoke with Joel S. Reed, vice president of operations at Pulte Group, and asked him questions about best practices when dealing with outside counsel. Here are his answers, edited for style and length.
If your company gets hit with a data breach, you only have to notify customers if the exposed data was unencrypted. But this rule, known as the “encryption safe harbor,” is being abolished in Tennessee and other states may follow. Some data privacy lawyers say the new law puts an unfair burden on businesses.
As Thursday's business day closed, Atlanta law firms and legal organizations participating in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy had raised only 72 percent of its goal for the region, leaving a nearly $35,000 gap to fill by midnight Friday.
Sound judgment and high integrity soon will outrank legal expertise as the most sought-after qualities in general counsels, according to a recent report that highlights in-house lawyers' increasingly ascendant roles within their companies.
The Decatur office of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the DeKalb Bar Association hosted a sold-out crowd for a whiskey-tasting fundraiser on April 22 at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse in Decatur.
False claims acts with whistleblower provisions to challenge corporate tax returns are plaguing Fortune 1000 companies, an in-house lawyer and a corporate law firm partner said at a panel discussion Tuesday.
Arbitration clauses are commonly included in many different contracts, including corporate governance documents such as LLC operating agreements and shareholder agreements for closely-held corporations.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has secured $15 million from a California-based furniture chain to resolve claims that it improperly evaded anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture imported from China.
Fulton County Superior Court is observing Law Day on Thursday by inviting 250 middle school students to learn what to do if stopped by the police, in keeping with the national Law Day theme, "Miranda: More Than Words."
A federal judge in Rome has dismissed a challenge to firearm regulations in effect on public lands controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying that Corps regulations are not unreasonable and that the plaintiff gun owners "can freely exercise their right to bear arms" elsewhere.
The funeral of U.S. District Judge Horace Ward, the first African-American to serve as a federal judge in Georgia, will take place May 3 at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Ward's funeral will be in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
A group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and who have been granted temporary permission to stay is asking a judge to order the Georgia university system to allow them to pay in-state tuition.
With only three days left in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, Atlanta-area law firms and legal organizations participating in the friendly competition have reached 50 percent of their $125,000 regional fundraising goal.
The Georgia Supreme Court took just over two pages Tuesday to toss an appeal by DeKalb County police officers seeking to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit brought against them by the family of a sick man who died after the officers repeatedly shocked him with a Taser.
Police officers who use deadly force will still have a special privilege allowing them to make a statement before a grand jury, but they'll have to answer questions and won't be allowed to sit through the entire proceeding under a bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday.
The attorney who filed the original suit that led to a settlement of voting rights claims regarding Fayette County has sued the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the county for about $76,000 in attorney fees he says he is owed from a collective $225,000 the county and school board paid in the deal.
The Supreme Court of Georgia on Tuesday issued discipline decisions regarding the following lawyers: Stephen Bailey Wallace II, disbarred; Mary Ellen Franklin, three-month suspension; Gayle S. Graziano, six-month suspension; David P. Hartin, voluntary surrender of license; Morris P. Fair Jr., petition for voluntary discipline rejected
The Office of Legal Affairs at Georgia Tech kept its dominant lead over other Atlanta law firms and legal organizations in the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy as the fundraising competition entered its second week.
In late March, newspapers confirmed that a Russian hacker named "Oleras" targeted 48 law firms (most of which are Am Law 100 firms). Oleras planned to hack these firms to secure confidential and highly valuable insider information regarding mergers and acquisitions that the hacker could then use on the market.
A Fulton County judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by a former Atlanta water department worker who said she was fired in retaliation for raising concerns that the city's drinking water was at risk due to workers using the same equipment they used when working on the sewer system.
A federal appeals court judge has sent a message to more than 100 prisoners who could be eligible to go free sooner because they were sentenced under a law that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional—but only if they hurry.
State Rep. Earl Ehrhart and his wife have sued the U.S. Department of Education to block the continued implementation of its five-year-old recommendations as to how the nation's colleges and universities should handle allegations of sexual violence by and against students.
Law firms and legal organizations across Atlanta have surpassed last year's fundraising halfway through the two-week Georgia Legal Food Frenzy competition, raising $41,465 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank in the first week. Last year, participants raised just short of $40,000.
When the general counsel of UPS and the Coca-Cola Co.'s North American operation talk with their top outside counsel from Alston & Bird and King & Spalding about value, they talk about relationships, not price.
An Atlanta attorney who represents the family of one of five Georgia Southern University nursing students killed last year when a tractor-trailer plowed into their cars said that a $14 million civil settlement with his clients may persuade the trucking industry to better police its drivers.
Fulton County Juvenile Court will host a "Youth and the Law Summit" on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., which teenagers and their parents are invited to attend to learn about the perils of gangs in their community.
A DeKalb County jury awarded more than $2.2 million to a man who was able to drive away from a two-vehicle collision inside Stone Mountain Park and attend a company picnic, only later seeking relief for spinal and shoulder pain.
Attorneys for the families of four of the five nursing students who perished last year in a tractor-trailer collision on Interstate 16 near Savannah said that they have secured "substantial settlements" in civil suits against the truck owner, the driver and others. One lawyer said his client had received a $14 million payment.
After nearly three days of competition, legal organizations participating in the fifth annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy in the Atlanta metro area have raised 18 percent of their regional collection goal of $125,000 for food banks.
The e-filing system for the DeKalb County superior, state and magistrate courts will not be available from noon on Thursday, April 21, until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 25, while the courts change to a new case management system.
Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday appointed three lawyers to Superior Court judgeships: Mary Beth Priest and John Worcester to the Superior Court of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, and Eric Norris to the Superior Court of the Western Judicial Circuit. Deal also appointed Tammi Long Hayward to a State Court judgeship in Clayton County.
The family of a man killed after falling from the upper deck of Turner Field last year has sued the Atlanta Braves, parent company Liberty Media Corp. and Major League Baseball Enterprises, alleging the defendants knew the guard rail height was—and still is—dangerously low.
When my friend and former law partner, Brian Rickman, was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals, I expected two things: I knew Judge Rickman would distinguish himself among his peers, and I knew he would not be shy addressing controversial issues. What I did not expect was Judge Rickman's character to be questioned.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has transformed the little-used 27th-floor library at its Midtown headquarters into a high-tech and welcoming collaborative space. Since opening last month, it has quickly become an informal meeting spot for the firm's lawyers and staff.
A recently filed legal malpractice suit alleges that, even after an attorney missed a deadline to respond to a demand letter, he told his client that the opposing counsel was "fine" with granting an extension to reply—despite never having spoken to that lawyer.
The 2016 Legal Food Frenzy had raised $13,136 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank as of Tuesday at noon—10 percent of the Atlanta goal of $125,000—with 10 days to go in the two-week fundraising campaign for food banks around the state.
A heated exchange between DeKalb County State Court judge Dax Lopez and his re-election challenger during a candidate forum last week brought to light a 2015 altercation between the challenger and a public defender during the challenger's time as a Recorders Court judge.
A Toccoa medical clinic and two dermatologists who practice there have agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle whistleblower claims that they fraudulently billed Medicare, the U.S. attorney in Atlanta announced Monday.
Dentons partner Randy Evans made national headlines last week by suggesting Donald Trump will win the Republican presidential nomination even if he falls short of a majority of delegates during the closing primary season.
The appeal of a former doctor convicted of murder over a patient's drug overdose now hangs on one mysterious unsigned memorandum that prosecutors have refused to give to defense attorneys. Judge Elizabeth Branch, above, wrote the opinion.
It took the Georgia Court of Appeals just three days to say no to a former college president who asked for reconsideration of a decision tossing his lawsuit on the basis the state's sovereign immunity.
Eight candidates vying to fill three open seats on the Fulton County Superior Court bench on Wednesday fielded incisive questions by fellow attorneys as to their qualifications and courtroom experience.
Eight black men have won a $5.3 million jury award in a lawsuit over claims that they endured a hostile work environment at UPS in Lexington, Kentucky, and that an effigy of a black UPS driver was hung from a ceiling.
In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual's knowledge.
A lawsuit by an Alpharetta-based medical products firm against a physician and inventor has been upended by a federal jury in Atlanta, which rejected the company's claims and embraced the defendant's counterclaim, awarding him $8.7 million.
While law firms' efforts to increase diversity seem to have stalled, the pipeline is expanding at corporate legal departments as more women and minorities become general counsels, Spectra Energy's GC said at an Emory University law school event Tuesday.
After a 2½-week trial, a Florida jury took less than an hour to clear an emergency room doctor and hospital of liability for the death of a 12-year-old girl stricken with a sudden and unforeseen diabetes-related complication.
A 17-page questionnaire filled out Tuesday by potential jurors for the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die asks whether they have ever left a child in a hot car, how much they have seen about the case in the news media and their social media habits.
Plenty of small intellectual property boutiques handle patent and trademark prosecution, but a two-lawyer IP litigation shop is more rare. Dan Kent and Steve Risley, both experienced IP litigators, have started just such a shop, Kent & Risley.
A former state prison inmate has admitted to laundering an estimated $1 million in funds illegally procured in a scheme that targeted police, federal agents and judges, the U.S. attorney in Atlanta announced late Monday.
My friends and fellow defense lawyers Edward T.M. Garland, Don Samuel and Ben Sessions penned eloquent and well-researched criticisms of Judge Brian Rickman's concurring opinion in Blackmon v. State, A15A1834 (March 24, 2016).
The legal nonprofit Atlanta Women for Equality has launched a social media campaign for Equal Pay Day on Tuesday to raise awareness about the U.S. wage gap—with women typically earning only 79 cents for every dollar that men make.
Cobb County State Court launched its e-filing program Monday, and the Superior Court is not far behind. Both courts will be using the PeachCourt filing platform, an e-filing system that currently hosts 118 Georgia courts in 93 counties, according to the PeachCourt website, www.PeachCourt.com.
The judge overseeing the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his son in a hot SUV to die heard on Monday from about a dozen potential jurors who said they had scheduling conflicts. Two were excused.
Nonprofits affected by the new overtime rules can stretch their labor budgets by increasing salaries for exempt staff to the new minimum, hiring part-time hourly workers, utilizing a FWW compensation plan, and, where appropriate, using volunteers.
What happens, however, when a website is not designed to include features that enable disabled individuals to use such assistive devices to access information or services via the web? These issues raise particular implications for companies with disabled employees/applicants and/or companies that operate some portion of their business (or offer services) via the Internet.
This letter responds to the April 1 article, "Court of Appeals: 'Justice Denied' in DeKalb Traffic Court." The article unfairly casts a negative light on DeKalb County by focusing on an old case that was prosecuted under an old and completely replaced court system.
An Atlanta law firm has sued to shut down an apparently phony firm with an almost identical name that lists a nonexistent address—two, actually—in downtown's Hurt Building as its office in records with the Georgia Secretary of State.
Calling a Gainesville poultry plant's cooperation in an accident investigation involving a poultry worker "less than forthcoming," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. attorney in Atlanta are seeking a search warrant to inspect the plant premises for other safety hazards.
A lawsuit filed last week said a hacker targeted the email of Malcolm Morris, dean of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School and circulated the contents of a confidential report dealing with a "shouting match" between an associate and an assistant dean that erupted last year.
A federal judge in Newnan is allowing civil racketeering claims stemming from a protracted child custody battle to go forward against Atlanta attorney Millard Farmer, his former co-counsel in the custody case, and a child custody activist with a local radio show who injected herself into the litigation.
A DeKalb County jury declined to find any liability on the part of a doctor and hospital in the case of a car wreck victim who emerged from spinal surgery to find that she was paralyzed from the chest down.
A federal judge in Rome has thrown out what he said is an unconstitutional policy implemented by the Walker School District that prevented a county social studies teacher from expressing his opinion at a local school board meeting.
The chairman of the beleaguered state judicial watchdog agency has resigned, saying that "an all-out political assault" has compromised the agency's ability to do its work "in a way that renders it totally ineffective."
A Fulton County jury issued a split decision following a two-week trial involving an accident in which one soldier was killed and two others injured when they plowed into a dump truck on the Downtown Connector early one morning after a night out drinking.
A look at facts vs. fiction in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, strategies for entering China and the implications of artificial intelligence for the U.S. patent system. Plus, how to protect your trademarks on social media and an unvarnished view on the forces rocking IP litigation.
Most attorneys are aware that they have duties to act ethically in the practice of law. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to determine where that obligation extends beyond the attorney's own conduct.
A Chilean man who was held in jail for nearly a month and left homeless as a "prisoner" forbidden to leave Cobb County until charges of child molestation and aggravated sodomy were dropped has sued the county police department and the detective sergeant he said lied to secure his arrest.
In a stinging opinion, the Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed a conviction from a DeKalb County traffic court for unfairly trying, convicting, fining and jailing a man the appellate judges found had committed no crime.
Some of Cobb County's judicial candidates for State and Superior Court spoke to voters and fielded questions on Thursday evening at a forum hosted by the Cobb County NAACP about their experience and approach to the bench.
Big firms want to cross-sell legal services across disciplines to create long-term institutional clients, but as firms grow to have hundreds of lawyers in multiple offices, communication among practices can become more unwieldy.
The March 30 article "Public Defender's Performance Triggers Reversal and Judge's Scathing Review" quotes the concurring opinion in Blackmon v. State, A15A1834 (March 24, 2016), which advocates for removing a criminal defense attorney from the courtroom when there is a risk that the attorney is providing ineffective assistance of counsel.
A Troup County jury awarded $325,000 to the estate of a woman who broke her thigh bone when she slipped while stepping out of a shower at a LaGrange hospital, in a case that offered aspects of a standard slip-and-fall suit and a medical malpractice suit.
A New York City jury found Wednesday that a flawed General Motors ignition switch was not to blame in a 2014 accident on an icy New Orleans bridge, handing the carmaker its second victory in a row in trials meant to help lawyers settle dozens of similar claims.
A suit against Hollywood writers and producers by 54 refugees who became known as "the Lost Boys" after they fled brutal persecution in Sudan has cleared an initial legal hurdle, a federal judge in Atlanta has ruled.
The Daily Report has named Justice David Nahmias of the Supreme Court of Georgia as its 2016 "Luminary," a lawyer recognized in the newspaper's "On the Rise" feature whose career has been particularly successful.
North Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday he won't defend in court a new state law preventing Charlotte and other local governments from approving protections for LGBT people, calling it discriminatory and a "national embarrassment."
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gov. Nathan Deal is considering vetoing House Bill 859, the "campus carry" bill, because of its impact on mothers and children in college day care centers and high school children who attend college classes.
The process for recommending a short list of nominees for two new state Supreme Court seats will resemble the process used last year to fill three new seats on the Court of Appeals, a co-chairman of the governor's Judicial Nominating Commission said—cautioning that Gov. Nathan Deal has yet to sign the legislation.
A DeKalb County jury decided that a medical malpractice plaintiff suffered more than $1.2 million in damages but apportioned nearly half the liability to her, cutting her award from the hospital where she was treated to just under $645,000.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday said he will veto legislation shielding opponents of same-sex marriage, after a groundswell of opposition from companies threatening to boycott the state if it became law.
A Georgia Court of Appeals decision reversing a conviction for rape and child molestation on the basis of the defense counsel's poor performance included an unusual opinion sounding a broader alarm about bad lawyers and the damage they're doing to the justice system.
In the final minutes of a legislative session gone past its traditional deadline, the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill stripping the state judicial watchdog agency of direct appointments by the State Bar of Georgia, if the bill's constitutional amendment counterpart is upheld by voters in November.
The president of the State Bar of Georgia says he intends to recommend that the bar launch a media campaign to defeat a constitutional amendment that would place the state judicial watchdog agency under the control of the General Assembly and could mandate that it operate almost exclusively in secret.
A jury found Thursday that a San Diego law school did not mislead a graduate who sued on the grounds she was lured to the school by false promises that her degree would land her a job after graduating.
A DeKalb County jury awarded $2 million to the wife and estate of a man who suffered brain damage and died after one of the electric wires from a pacemaker/defibrillator slipped out of place in his heart, spurring a massive heart attack.
Sen. David Perdue's comments on the Senate floor betray him as a partisan hack. He—like so many of his Republican colleagues—trots out Vice President Biden's comments concerning Supreme Court nominations during a presidential election cycle as "evidence" of a long-standing tradition of not considering such nominations during the "election season."
In a case closely watched by industry and consumer advocates, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance policy exclusion for pollutants can be used to deny coverage for permanent brain injury of a baby who ingested lead paint chips.
A former State Department employee who worked at the U.S. Embassy in London until his arrest last year has been sentenced to federal prison for cyberstalking hundreds of young women in a two-year "sextortion" campaign, the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta announced Tuesday.
A Fulton County jury awarded $782,001 to an Alpharetta telecom company, finding that its former president broke his contract by operating a competing company and siphoning employees and business to a second competing business while employed by the plaintiff company.
Lawyers for the parents of a teenager who hanged himself in his cell at a juvenile detention center in Atlanta say their clients have settled a lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice commissioner and employees.
Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said Monday that about $5 million that had been withheld from the budgets of justice system agencies—such as courts, the superior court clerk and the offices of the district attorney, public defender, sheriff and marshal—to fund a Justice Reinvestment program would instead be returned to the agencies.
For the second time, Fulton County State Court Judge John Mather has ordered the estate of the late attorney Charles Mathis Jr. to pay a former client $165,000 that the lawyer had been entrusted with for an investment that never materialized.
A former Sutherland Asbill & Brennan attorney was arraigned in federal court in Atlanta on Monday on charges that he defrauded a longtime client of more than $2 million from accounts for which he had served as a trustee.
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the state's highest level of restrictions on those identified as dangerous sexual predators—such as lifetime electronic monitoring and tracking—constitutes a deprivation of liberty guaranteed by the 14th Amendment and so cannot be done without an opportunity for a hearing.
A federal judge in Atlanta has thrown out civil racketeering allegations against international gunmaker Gaston Glock's North American manufacturing company in Georgia and dismissed related claims against an Atlanta lawyer and a New York lawyer.
The Georgia Supreme Court issued 10 opinions Monday, five of which reversed lower court decisions, representing victories for a man classified by the state as a dangerous sexual predator, two convicted murderers, one insurance company and a convenience store gaming operator.
A federal judge in Georgia on Thursday struck down the state's ballot access laws as unconstitutionally restrictive and permanently barred the secretary of state from requiring political organizations that want to place candidates on statewide presidential ballot to obtain signatures from 1 percent of the state's registered voters.
The chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association said Friday that a federal judge's decision to strike down Georgia's ballot access law as unconstitutionally restrictive could have national ramifications for the 2016 presidential race.
For the second time, Fulton County State Court Judge John Mather has ordered the estate of the late attorney Charles Mathis Jr. to pay a former client $165,000 that the lawyer had been entrusted with for an investment that never materialized.
The state Senate Ethics Committee has approved legislation that would make secret judicial disciplinary proceedings that are now open to the public, including tribunals in which the Judicial Qualifications Commission hears evidence that can lead to a judge's expulsion from the bench.
A new filing in a lawsuit accusing the Cobb County Sheriff's Office of violating the state Open Records Act said that, in the days after a recording surfaced showing a Superior Court judge in an ex parte conversation with prosecutors, sheriff's office personnel met to discuss ways to forestall more open-records requests for courtroom recordings.