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Friends Recall Judge James Cline for Humor and Barbecue Sauce

By Greg Land |

Ocmulgee Circuit judge was known for his intelligence and folksy style; suicide ruled in his death at home Thursday

Owen Murphy, at left, Gini Lynn Jenkins and Roy “Rob” Kelly IV represented the plaintiffs.

Coastal Jury Awards $1.3M in Walmart Slip-Fall Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Woman claims permanent, painful back injury from fall in Hinesville store

Lake Allatoona

Allatoona Gun Ban by Army Corps of Engineers is Upheld

By R. Robin McDonald |

Corps of Engineers ban protects dam and other infrastructures as well as visitors, U.S. judge says

Lawyers Playing Key Roles Amid Unrest in Ferguson

By Zoe Tillman |

Equipped with a camera and basic training on how to use a gas mask, New York attorney King Downing walked the streets of Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday night.

AVLF Film-Screening Addresses Middle-Class Struggles With Poverty

By Meredith Hobbs |

If you are reading this, it's unlikely that you are poor. The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation wants to raise consciousness and start a conversation in the local legal community about what poverty in America looks like today.

Fulton County Courthouse

Criminal 'Charges' Removed from Lawyers' Records

By Greg Land |

Some Georgia lawyers who were sworn in by the Fulton County Superior Court in 2010 are breathing a bit easier now that an apparent glitch in the court's online case-management system—indicating they had a criminal charge on their records—has been fixed.

GBI: Ocmulgee Circuit Judge James Cline Committed Suicide

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that Ocmulgee Circuit Superior Court Judge James L. Cline Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Greensboro Thursday afternoon.

Judy Selby, Baker & Hostetler

Judy Selby Doesn't Assume Anything

By Monica Bay |

STEM Cells: To be a successful lawyer, get all the facts and build business for your firm

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Justice Ginsburg Laments 'Real Racial Problem' in U.S.

By Marcia Coyle |

Discusses major rulings, law schools in sweeping Q&A.

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry, State Agency Defend Their Fort McPherson Deal

By R. Robin McDonald rmcdonald@alm.com |

They ask for dismissal of lawyer's suit claiming his own offer to redevelop army base was ignored

Dax E. Lopez

Sutherland Ordered to Pay $175K in Sanctions

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Firm's attorneys tried to 'litigate plaintiff to death' in contract dispute, judge says

Letter to the Editor: Cartersville Attorney Commended for Ebola Mission Role

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations and thanks to Attorney Randall H. Davis, vice president and general counsel of Cartersville-based Phoenix Air Group Inc., for his critical role in the extraordinary transport from Africa to the United States of missionary Nancy Writebol, who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

Jeff Amason

Monday Hearing Set for Libertarian Barred from Ballot

By Greg Land |

With just over a week left to get his name on the ballot, a Libertarian candidate for the state House of Representatives is set to appear in court Monday to challenge the state elections director's disqualification of nearly all of the signatures on a petition to get on the ballot.

Letter to the Editor: America Will Be Stronger After Ferguson

Controversy runs in America's veins. And with good reason—it is the lifeblood of democracy.

Letter to the Editor: Don't Rush to Judgment in Ferguson

While Page Pate and B.J. Bernstein obviously are renowned criminal defense attorneys ("Georgia lawyers weigh in on controversy and issues in Ferguson case," Daily Report, Aug. 19), their expertise does not extend to or make them knowledgeable about undisclosed facts in the Michael Brown shooting.

Natalee Drummond-Fairley won her first competition at the NPC Georgia Championships in July and will compete nationally.

Body of Work: Lawyer Says Bodybuilding Has Changed Her Look and Her Life

By Mary Helen Martin |

Talking publicly about her bodybuilding is a coming out, of sorts, for personal injury attorney Natalee Drummond-Fairley. Not until she competed earlier this year did Drummond-Fairley feel confident in sharing her story.

DOJ Settles Fraud Claims with Bank of America for $16.6 Billion

By Greg Land |

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it had settled fraud claims arising from the sale of risky mortgage backed securities in the lead-up to the housing collapse that helped launch the Great Recession in 2007.

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.

Arthur Hellman

Arrest Shines Light on Federal Judicial Discipline

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Removal isn't the only possible sanction for federal judges who misbehave

Jeffrey Brickman

'Embarrassed' Judge Will Cooperate with Investigation, His Lawyer Says

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Judge Mark Fuller's lawyers decline to discuss spousal abuse charge in detail

J. William Bass Sr.

U.S. Judge Clears Way for Suit Over Grady County Judge's Fees

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Albany is allowing a suit to go forward against Grady County and a state court judge over hundreds of thousands of dollars in unauthorized administrative costs the judge allegedly billed to misdemeanor defendants in order to bolster county coffers.

Fulton County Courthouse

Final Claims in Big Home Loan Fraud Suit are Settled

By Greg Land |

Suit named Countrywide, J.P. Morgan in mortgage- backed securities case

Jeff Brickman

Lawyers for Arrested Federal Judge Say He Is 'Taking the Situation Very Seriously'

By Alyson M. Palmer |

An Alabama federal judge arrested in Atlanta last week has hired former DeKalb County district attorney Jeffrey Brickman to represent him on a pending criminal charge.

Woody Vaughn

State, MARTA Bonds Put Holland & Knight at No. 1 in Southeast

By Meredith Hobbs |

Big bond issues for the state of Georgia and MARTA made Holland & Knight the top Southeastern bond counsel for the first six months of the year, with $1.46 billion in sales.

Jonathan E. Hawkins is partner at Krevolin & Horst. In addition to litigating complex business cases, he counsels lawyers and law firms in law firm structuring, partnership agreements, lateral moves, separation agreements and law firm dissolutions.

Of Counsel Arrangements: The Basics

By Jonathan E. Hawkins |

The term "of counsel" is used to describe a wide range of associations and relationships among lawyers and law firms.

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters (from left) Alisa Michael, David Gracey, Cheryl Sklar and Tony Rushin of Network 1 Consulting are prepared for any outbreak of paranormal activity.

After Hours: The Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators Expo

The Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators held its movie-themed Business Partner Expo on Aug. 14 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Lawyer Disbarred for Accepting 243 Pounds of Marijuana

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia attorney who was convicted on charges related to receiving a 243-pound shipment of marijuana has been disbarred by the state Supreme Court.

Simon Bloom

On the Move: Real Estate Lawyer Chairs State Development Agency

By Meredith Hobbs |

Simon Bloom has become the chairman of the board of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Bloom, a partner in Bloom Sugarman Everett, called the agency the state's "unsung heroes of economic development" and said he'd like to raise its profile.

Atlanta Occupy Lawyers To Observe Protests in Ferguson

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Four Georgia lawyers who have represented protesters affiliated with Atlanta's Occupy movements were headed to Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday as volunteer legal observers.

Left, Greg Hecht, Democratic candidate for attorney general, calls it “morally, legally and fiscally irresponsible” to defend a ban on same-sex marriage that will almost certainly be overturned. Right, Sam Olens said through a spokeswoman that not defending law sets a dangerous precedent.

Defending a Law: Is There a Choice?

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Ga. Ban on Gay Marriage: AG challenger would refuse to defend 'irresponsible' law; incumbent Olens says he's obligated

US District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.

Judge Sanctions Dialysis Clinic Firm for Spoiling Discovery

By R. Robin McDonald |

'Unacceptable' is how judge describes conduct of defendants in discovery

Paulding Judge Retires Early to End JQC Inquiry

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Paulding County Superior Court judge who attempted last March to orchestrate his daughter's succession to his post has agreed to step down to end a second ethics investigation by the state judicial disciplinary agency.

Harvey Weitz

Harvey Weitz was an Outstanding Lawyer, a Community Leader and a Friend to All

By Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker |

A lawyer's lawyer. A professional of the highest standard. A respected leader in the community. A wonderful husband, father and citizen. The "Commodore" of the Savannah Bar Association's annual boat ride.

Doug Sandberg says that for his first seven years at Worldpay, he was the only attorney and his job was “deciding the biggest fires to put out.” Now he heads a team of six lawyers and two support staff.

Meet the GC: Doug Sandberg of Worldpay US Inc.

By Mary Welch |

Doug Sandberg joined Worldpay US Inc. as its first general counsel in 2000. Today he also is a senior vice president, corporate secretary and member of its board of directors.

Paul Monnin

White-Collar Lawyer Jumps to Paul Hastings from DLA Piper

By Meredith Hobbs |

Firm adds Paul Monnin as it expands its white-collar defense practice

Lance Cooper

Lance Cooper Lands a Spot on Leadership Team for Litigation against GM

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lance Cooper of the Cooper Firm has landed a spot on the leadership team to steer more than 100 lawsuits against General Motors through multi-district litigation in federal court in New York.

Judge Gail S. Tusan

Chief Judge Threatens Fulton Officials with Jail Over Unpaid Expenses

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Gail Tusan has threatened to jail County Manager Dwight Ferrell and Finance Director Patrick O'Connor if they don't start reimbursing the court's judges for travel and training expenses.

Drug Court Defendants Go from Jail Jumpsuit to Fashion Runway

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |
<b>BLAMING GM:</b> The remains of Jacqueline Gilbert's 2010 Chevy Cobalt. “We want to try our case on its own,” plaintiffs attorney Nancy Winkler of Philadelphia said.

Attorneys fear bogging down in big federal MDL.

By Amanda Bronstad |

Jacqueline Gilbert spent 15 days in a coma after her Chevrolet Cobalt crashed in 2012. Her attorney, Nancy Winkler, doesn't want her claim against General Motors Co. to get bogged down in the massive multidistrict litigation pending against the automaker in New York.

Left, Tarek Abdel-aleem is general counsel of Confirmatrix Laboratory Inc. and member of Joseph & Aleem. He is a trial lawyer and author with experience in employment litigation, health care law and personal injury. Right, Yussuf Abdel-Aleem is a graduate of Harvard Law School and founding member of Joseph & Aleem. He represents a number of health care providers and clinical laboratories in the Southeast. He has experience in employment litigation, health care compliance and general corporate governance.

Strategies for Success on Both Sides of the TRO Fence

By Tarek Abdel-Aleem and Yussuf Abdel-Aleem |

On April 17, as counsel for plaintiffs, our law firm obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) in the matter of Confirmatrix Laboratory Inc. and Nue Health Consulting v. Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, Civil Action Number 14-CV-1060 AM.

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to JQC Members on Freedom of Information Award

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to the members of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission, who received this year's Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Award, presented by the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

Hip hop artist T.I. appeared in an MTV series called “Road to Redemption.” In one episode he took a young man to an Atlanta funeral home to view a body awaiting cremation.

T.I., MTV Settle Suit over Televised Corpse

By Greg Land |

Rapper, Viacom reach deal with family of man whose body was shown on MTV's 'T.I.'s Road to Redemption'

Lance J. LoRusso

Now a Lawyer, Former Police Officer Assesses Ferguson Case

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Georgia's legal community has been weighing in on the controversy surrounding a police killing of an unarmed, 18-year-old, African-American man in Ferguson, Mo.

Rising Stars 2014: Kimberly R. Bourroughs | 31

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County prosecutor already has crammed so much into her 31 years that, as she lays out plans for future endeavors

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier

Doctors Ask Full Eleventh Circuit To Review Florida Law on Talk About Guns

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Doctors have asked the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to consider their challenge to a Florida law that limits physicians' ability to talk to their patients about firearms.

Chris Baugher

DealWatch: Alston Advises Payments Company FleetCor on $3.45 Billion Acquisition of Comdata

By Meredith Hobbs |

Alston & Bird advised Norcross payments company FleetCor Technologies on its acquisition of another payments company, Comdata, for $3.45 billion.

DA Howard Z. Simms

Macon Judge to Mom Who Aided Rape of Children: 'You are the Vilest Bitch I Ever Met'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Macon Telegraph reported a disturbing story Friday about a mother who pleaded guilty to helping her boyfriend rape her daughters.

J. Ralph Beaird

Beaird, Dean of UGA Law from '76 to '87, Dies at 88

James Ralph Beaird, dean emeritus of the University of Georgia School of Law, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, after an extended illness.

The lawyers being sued for alleged extortion watch the proceedings. From left, they are John Butters, David Cohen and Hylton Dupree Jr.

Sex, Lawyers and Videotape: Cobb Judge Hears Hours of Debate

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Attorneys for each side predict dire results if judge rules against them in suit filed by Waffle House chairman

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.

Coming Soon: 40 Rising Stars and a Luminary

By Mary Smith Judd | mjudd@alm.com |

Our 13th annual On the Rise selections will be unveiled Monday, August 18 in print and Friday, Aug. 15 online at www.DailyReportOnline.com

Kredible founder Brad Shepard says big-firm marketing officers tell him he’s “either brilliant or crazy.”

Kredible Turns Lawyers Into Self-Marketers on LinkedIn

By Meredith Hobbs |

Software uses in-house counsels' behavior to craft lawyers' online persona

Judge Sara Doyle wrote the court’s main opinion.

Judges Fracture on Emotional Distress Issue

Split Court of Appeals says plaintiff in accident may be able to recover for distress from seeing friend die

Task Force for the homeless building, Atlanta Ga.

Homeless Shelter Asks Judge to Reconsider Order on Rent

By Greg Land |

An attorney for the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless has asked a judge to reconsider or modify his order allowing dispossessory proceedings to proceed against the shelter.

Carter Allen takes a curve during a track day at Talladega Grand Prix Raceway in Alabama.

Get Your Motor Running: Carter Allen and Motorcycles

By Mary Helen Martin |

Solo practitioner Carter Allen bought his first road motorcycle on his 40th birthday, although he has been riding dirt bikes since he was a teenager.

Letter to the Editor: Opinion Column Gave Wrong Impression on a Point of Fact

In a recent opinion column ("Georgia cracks down on ambulance chasers," Daily Report, online July 25, in print July 28), Douglas Chandler writes of Thomas C. Sinowski and Steven F. Freedman that "they fought it out with the state bar for approximately 10 years

Letter to the Editor: Keep Four Things in Mind on Ralston Situation

In response to the letter to the editor published in the Daily Report ("Ralston's 'disappointment' raises concerns," online Aug. 11, in print Aug. 12) about the allegations made against Speaker David Ralston, I encourage all lawyers to keep in mind some principles of law that we learned long ago in law school:

Sen. Josh McKoon: No silver bullets for challenge.

After a Decade, Courts Still Ponder How to Share Case Files

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Almost 10 years after a state Supreme Court committee warned that disparate technology and file sharing among Georgia trial courts could lead to trouble, the state's legal community is still debating how best to create a statewide, electronic criminal case file sharing system.

“From Banished to Unified” covers nearly three centuries of Georgia’s legal profession.

Story of Georgia's Lawyers is Now in 2nd Printing

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Book on legal profession's history in Georgia was a labor of love

Lawyers Suing Google Say Proof Is in the Post-its

By Marisa Kendall |

SAN FRANCISCO — Lawyers for smaller companies have been known to accuse Google Inc. of stealing and profiting from their clients' trade secrets. But this time, the slighted company's lawyers say Google left behind a paper trail of Post-its as evidence.

Bethany Whetzel and Robert Lane have been hired by the state ethics commission as staff attorneys.

State Ethics Commission Hires 2 New Staff Lawyers

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Recent legal and political turmoil at the agency didn't discourage 'phenomenal applicants' from applying, director says

Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed

2014 Rising Star Luminary Award: Mayor Kasim Reed

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

One of our first Rising Stars is now a Luminary: An interview with Mayor Kasim Reed, recipient of the inaugural On the Rise alumni award

New Judge Named to Lowndes County State Court

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal announced his second judicial appointment Wednesday, this time to Lowndes County State Court.

Rising Stars 2014: Parks White | 39

By Lawrence Viele Davidson |

"Fight Club" changed the course of Parks White's life. Sitting in the dark theater in 1999, the 24-year-old insurance consultant was not feeling fulfilled.

Rising Stars 2014: Kristina Kopf Thomas | 38

By Andy Peters |

Whether it's romping around the pasture with horses or steering a real estate deal with nearly two dozen different parties, King & Spalding partner Kristina Kopf Thomas likes to get dirty with the messy details.

Rising Stars 2014: Matt Wetherington | 29

By R. Robin McDonald |

The plight of a 17-year-old left a quadriplegic by an accident caused by a tire failure first prompted Atlanta attorney Matt Wetherington to gather raw data on bad tires.

Rising Stars 2014: Paul Vranicar | 34

By Paul Shea |

"Paul will be part of the next resurgence of legal/civic statesmen in 10 years," predicts Bharath Parthasarathy, deputy general counsel at Georgia State University,

Rising Stars 2014: Leslie Slavich | 36

By Mary Helen Martin |

When Leslie Slavich made the switch three years ago from a pharmaceutical patent litigator at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan to become the sole in-house counsel at Spanx, she says she received some valuable advice.

Rising Stars 2014: Letitia Sikes | 34

By Mary Helen Martin |

Tenacious is the word often used to describe Letitia Sikes, even by Sikes herself. That description isn't surprising, given Sikes' motto is "Do it once, do it right."

Rising Stars 2014: Parag Shah | 34

By Greg Land |

Many Atlanta attorneys may recall Parag Shah as the young lawyer they first encountered standing on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse hawking copies of “The Code,”

Rising Stars 2014: Amna Shirazi | 39

By Meredith Hobbs |

Amna Shirazi's interest in international affairs led her to become an immigration lawyer, with her own firm on Buford Highway in Norcross.

Rising Stars 2014: Matthew D. Richardson | 39

By Paul Shea |

Oh, the places he's gone! Since Matt Richardson started doing international arbitration for Alston & Bird, here are some of the stamps in his passport: China, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Switzerland and Turkey.

Rising Stars 2014: Brandon Peak | 35

By Mary Helen Martin |

Plaintiffs lawyer Brandon Peak says his job is all about solving problems and helping people.

Rising Stars 2014: Cade Parian | 37

By Michael Tierney |

Cade Parian 'fesses up: He doesn't do authority well, a trait the Carrollton lawyer comes by honestly—and he'd almost rather be on a chain gang than be buried on a chain of command.

Rising Stars 2014: R. Clifton Merrell | 39

By Mary Welch |

R. Clifton Merrell once worked as a wine distributor, and he attributes some of his success with Greenberg Traurig to those days of stacking shelves with Chardonnay.

Rising Stars 2014: Robert L. McCorkle III | 37

By Mary Welch |

When Phillip McCorkle wanted to add an associate to his Savannah-based law firm, he would make an offer each time to his nephew, Robert L. McCorkle III, who repeatedly rejected it.

Rising Stars 2014: Edward A. Marshall | 36

By Paul Shea |

"The Book" began as scribbled notes on a legal pad—bits of information Ed Marshall picked up as a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Story.

Rising Stars 2014: Jennifer Auer Jordan | 39

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Jennifer Auer Jordan's combination of smarts and small-town sensibility may give her a leg up as a trial lawyer—although it remains to be seen whether she'll parlay that into a political career.

Rising Stars 2014: Alan J. Hamilton | 35

By Greg Land |

As Alan Hamilton tells it, the first case he and partner Jeff Shiver tried together after setting up shop in 2011 did not augur well for the fledging firm.

Rising Stars 2014: Noah Graubart | 35

By Mary Welch |

When Noah Graubart started working as a patent attorney at Fish & Richardson, he had to explain to friends what exactly he did. Today, even his grandmother understands patent trolls.

Rising Stars 2014: Britt Grant | 36

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

About two weeks into her job at the Office of Cabinet Affairs, Britt Grant found herself huddled on the bottom floor of the White House Mess, holding hands with fellow staffers and listening to reports of a plane that had crashed into the Pentagon just across the river.

Rising Stars 2014: Jana Edmondson-Cooper | 30

By Mary Helen Martin |

By an early age, Jana Edmondson-Cooper knew she had a passion for the Spanish language.

Judge Mark Fuller

Alabama Federal Judge Arrested Over Weekend Won't Be Hearing Cases

By Alyson M. Palmer |

An Alabama federal judge arrested in Atlanta over the weekend is being relieved of his case load.

Rising Stars 2014: Yendelela Neely Anderson | 33

By Mary Welch |

Yendelela Neely Anderson's life changed because she wanted seafood instead of pizza.

Shawn Bratton

Governor Appoints Gwinnett County State Court Judge

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal has elevated a part-time magistrate to the Gwinnett County State Court bench, his office announced Wednesday.

Samuel R. DeSimone Jr. says the first lessons he learned as a lawyer are worth following today: Take care of your clients and understand what their businesses do so you can add value.

Meet the GC: Samuel DeSimone Jr. of EarthLink Holdings Corp.

By Mary Welch |

Samuel R. DeSimone Jr. is the executive vice president, general counsel of EarthLink Holdings Corp., a managed network services and communications provider.

Charles McKnight says he already knew many of the Taylor English lawyers he’s working with.

On the Move: A Litigator and a Corporate Lawyer Move to Taylor English

By Meredith Hobbs |

Longtime Atlanta lawyers Charles McKnight and Allan Tanenbaum joined Taylor English Duma last week.

William Hill

Sex Tape to be Issue at Hearing in Cobb County

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers will ask judge to toss suit over Waffle House chairman's sex video; he accuses them of 'extortion'

Erik Autor.

Obama Administration Relaxes Lobbyist Ban

By Andrew Ramonas |

Some lobbyists can serve once again on federal agency committees and boards after the Obama administration changed a White House rule that barred them from the panels, according to guidance released by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday.

American Bar Association in Chicago.

ABA's Legal Education Reforms Require More Skills Training and Drop Fulltime Faculty Requirement

By Meredith Hobbs |

The American Bar Association's House of Delegates on Monday signed off on long-awaited reforms to ABA accreditation standards for law schools at the group's annual meeting in Boston.

Jeff Shiver, at left, and Alan Hamilton said their client, who suffered two broken legs and a broken arm in the 2013 crash, has mostly recovered.

$3.35M Settlement in Drunken Driver Case

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for head-on crash victim say DUI driver had been drinking at bar before accident in January 2013

Thomas R. Julin

Entire Eleventh May Reconsider 'Docs V. Glocks' Case

By Noreen Marcus |

Will a federal appeals court let stand its panel opinion approving a law that prohibits doctors from asking patients about guns, a law passed by the NRA-beholden Florida Legislature?

Rising Stars 2014: W. Thomas Worthy | 31

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

By his 30th birthday, W. Thomas Worthy was already working as Gov. Nathan Deal's deputy executive counsel, advising the governor on legal matters and cochairing his criminal justice reform council.

Rising Stars 2014: Devin Hartness Smith | 32

By R. Robin McDonald |

When Edward Tolley and Jerry Froelich persuaded a federal jury to acquit the University of Georgia's former athletic director of multiple counts of fraud in May, Devin Hartness Smith was "right there in the battle," with them, says Tolley of the young woman he hired in 2010 as his associate.

Rising Stars 2014: Charles Boring | 38

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Charles "Chuck" Boring is the lead prosecutor in one of the most highly publicized cases in the country at the moment, the felony murder and negligence case against Justin Ross Harris, who is charged with leaving his 22-month-old son to die in a hot car.

Federal Judge Granted $5K Bond in Assault Case

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County magistrate has allowed U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to be free on a $5,000 signature bond after his arrest early Sunday morning on charges of assaulting his wife at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta.

Judge Kathryn Tanksley

GM Crashes in Bid to Shut Down Ignition Defect Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley said no Saturday to General Motors' motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the company of covering up a deadly ignition switch defect.

Judge Craig Schwall

Judge Says Landlord May File to Evict Task Force Shelter

By Greg Land |

Judge Schwall said state law allows little discretion to bar dispossessory

Protectionism a Growing Threat for Cross-Border M&As

By MP McQueen |

Cross-border megamergers are getting tougher for law firms and their corporate clients because of broadening definitions of national interest, Am Law 100 mergers and acquisition experts say.