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Tara Borelli

Same-Sex Couples Sue to Strike Down Ga. Marriage Ban

Plaintiffs challenging the ban on same-sex marriage include an in-house IP counsel for AT&T. They are being represented by Tara Borelli (above) and other counsel from Lambda Legal.

Correction to Same-Sex Marriage Story

The April 23 article, "Same-sex couples sue to strike down Ga. marriage ban," misreported the section of the state constitution a Fulton County probate judge cited when denying a marriage license to a same-sex couple.

Litigation Department of the Year

Litigation Department of the Year

These nine firms presented the best evidence that they won results for clients in 2013, whether it was in favorable verdicts, dismissals, settlements or other actions that protected clients' interests.

Adam Gaslowitz

Staffers Pick Firm's Charities to Mark 25th Year

By Meredith Hobbs |

Gaslowitz Frankel has embarked on a novel charitable giving experiment to mark its 25th anniversary.

Left, Judge Kelly Lee and right, Patricia

Fulton's Lee Leads Opponent in Race for Funding

By Greg Land |

In many ways, the race between Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee and her opponent in the May 20 election, Patricia "Pat" Jackson, is a classic down-ticket political contest: a well-funded incumbent hoping to beat back a challenger campaigning on shoe leather and a shoestring.

Juanita Stedman, Ann Harris, Nathan Wade

3 Candidates in Lively Race for Cobb Superior Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An open seat on the Cobb County Superior Court has created a lively contest for three contrasting candidates:

Sally Q. Yates

Feds: Home Health Company Paying $150M Settlement

Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health company, will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings and had improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Georgia Supreme Court building in downtown Atlanta.

Court Reinstates One Lawyer, Disbars Another

The Court having reviewed the Petition for Termination of Disciplinary Suspension submitted by the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, and it appearing that Dale A. Calomeni has complied with all of the conditions for reinstatement following his suspension by this Court

Ben Heineman Jr., former General Electric Co. senior vice president-general counsel, is senior fellow at Harvard’s law and government schools. He writes occasional commentary for Daily Report affiliate Corporate Counsel on developments in the law and the legal profession.

Broader Clawback Policies, More Corporate Accountability

By Ben W. Heineman Jr. |

Corporations should go far beyond the frameworks in Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley in designing clawback and holdback policies.

Tara Borelli

Suit Launched Against Georgia Gay Marriage Ban

By R. Robin McDonald |

Three same-sex Georgia couples—including the general counsel for AT&T Intellectual Property Corp. and two Atlanta police officers who were legally married out of state—are suing to overturn the state of Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage and force its public officials to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.

On the Move

ON THE MOVE: Sembler GC Joins Hartman Simons; Law Library to be Unveiled

By Meredith Hobbs |

Jim Ackerman has joined commercial real estate boutique Hartman Simons & Wood as a partner from real estate developer The Sembler Co., where he was general counsel and vice president of leasing in the firm's Atlanta office. Ackerman had been at Sembler since 2000.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Georgia's Legal Community Mourns the Loss of Aaron Buchsbaum

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of esteemed Savannah attorney Aaron L. Buchsbaum on his recent passing.

Justice Robert Benham said the child protection statute’s effectiveness would be hindered if a person could get around it by using an adult intermediary.

State Supreme Court Reinstates Child Sex Conviction

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a child exploitation charge that a lower appellate court said couldn't stick because the defendant had communicated with an adult, rather than a child.

Judge Rules for Newspaper in Mug Shot Dispute Case

By Ed White |

A federal judge has ordered the government to turn over mug shots of criminal defendants to the Detroit Free Press.

Vermont Jury Awards $35 Million in Sex Abuse Case

A Vermont jury has award the victim of a sexual abuse $35 million.

General Motors Seeks More Protection from Suits

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

Courthouse Violence Unpredictable Despite Security

By Gene Johnson and Brady McCombs |

When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay.

Man Dies After Being Shot in Federal Courthouse in Utah

By Annie Knox and Brady McCombs |

A defendant died after being shot by a U.S. marshal on Monday during an attack on a witness during a trial in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the FBI said.

J. Scott Watson asked justices to

FDIC Urges Ga. Justices to Say Bank Directors can be Personally Liable

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia is considering whether a Georgia law protects the corporate officers and former executives of a Buckhead bank that failed under their watch from personal liability for the bank's losses even if they neglected their corporate duties.

Thomas Campbell Jr left and Thomas Cox Jr right

Judge Campbell Braces for a Challenge to His Post in Fulton

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Campbell Jr. said he was surprised when he drew opposition for this year's election.

Michael J. Egan III

King & Spalding, DLA Piper Aid Blank in Atlanta Soccer Bid

By Lawrence Viele Davidson |

Lawyers from King & Spalding and DLA Piper shepherded the $70 million acquisition of a Major League Soccer expansion team by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Growing Firms: How to Protect Investment in People, Practices

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Firms are starting to focus on just what they can do within the boundaries of attorney ethics rules and existing law to protect their investments in people and practices.

US Marshal Shoots Defendant in Federal Court

By Annie Knox |

A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

US Justices Seek Middle Ground in Argentina Case

By Mark Sherman |

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be searching for a middle ground Monday in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds.

New Jersey Woman Sues Over '8THEIST' License Plate

A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a license plate proclaiming herself to be an atheist because it might be considered offensive.

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Florida Jury Awards $15.8M to Woman's Family Over Pap Smear Miss by Lab

By John Pacenti and Alyson M. Palmer |

Darian Wisekal, like many women, had a routine Pap smear in 2008. As with many women, the lab work was handled by Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's largest clinical laboratory networks.

Elizabeth O'Neill

Judge Tosses Suit Against Owen Gleaton, Ex-Partner

By Greg Land |

A judge has tossed out a suit against Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney and a former partner there, Amy Kolczak, that accused the lawyer of improperly conducting an ex parte conversation with a potential witness in a Bartow County medical malpractice case.

Cobb County Race for Solicitor General Heats Up

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Veteran Cobb County Solicitor General Barry Morgan is fighting to keep his job against a challenge from criminal defense lawyer Cindi Yeager, who says Morgan isn't aggressive enough in prosecuting driving under the influence and vehicular homicide cases.

Songs For Kids Foundation

Why I ... Help Kids Find Their Inner Rock Star

By Justin M. Kerenyi |

Music has stirred my soul since I was a child. The proof is captured in an old, grainy family photo, circa 1973; I am about 3 years old, sitting beside my parents' stereo, my father's headphones strapped to my head, eyes wide as saucers, awestruck by the celestial sounds dancing into my ears. From these early seeds grew deep roots which many years later bore unexpected fruits.

Eyewitness Testimony No Longer a Gold Standard

By Nigel Duara |

The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

2 New York Men Awarded $36M in Wrongful Conviction

By Frank Eltman |

A federal jury's $36 million award to two men who spent 18 years in prison for a 1984 rape and murder that DNA testing later showed they did not commit was decried Friday by the 16-year-old victim's mother.

Legal Food Frenzy Kicks Off Today

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Today marks the start of the third annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, a friendly competition to gather food and raise money for the state's seven food banks.

Christine Mast said her clients were pleased that a

Appeals Court Again Remands Attorney Fees in Custody Case

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has for the second time partly overturned a whopping attorney fee award of almost $380,000 and remanded it to a Gwinnett County judge.

Currey Hitchens is a staff lawyer for Georgia Legal Services Program.

Protective Orders Aren't Perfect, But Can Help Victims of Domestic Violence

By Currey Hitchens |

I recently attended the wake of a woman who was almost my client, a woman who almost escaped, a woman so happy to be finally free of her abuser for one weekend that her friend said she was a changed woman.

Employment Rate Still Flat for Georgia Law Grads

By Meredith Hobbs |

The employment rate for Georgia's 2013 law school graduates showed little improvement from 2012—except at Emory University, which offers job stipends—but it was well above the national average at four of the state's five ABA-accredited law schools.

Michael Mukasey, U.S. attorney general from 2007 to 2009, spoke at Alston & Bird on Thursday.

Former AG Mukasey: Truth Telling Doesn't Trump National Security

By Lawrence Viele Davidson |

National intelligence leaks in the name of exposing what the leakers claim is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy by the U.S. government are wrong-minded and causing a multifaceted crisis, including giving terrorists and countries unfriendly to the U.S. critical state secrets, former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said at an appearance in Atlanta on Thursday.

Brenton Hund, stage manager for LawJam concerts, is a music counsel at TBS and a former band member.

Brenton Hund is the Man Behind the Scenes at LawJam Concerts

By Mary Helen Martin |

Brenton Hund understands what it takes to produce an entertaining live show.

Retired Associate Justice John Paul Stevens

Justice Stevens in Atlanta: Phone Data Collection Is 'Price We Pay'

By Lawrence Viele Davidson |

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on Wednesday spoke to more than 500 lawyers, federal and state judges and law students in Atlanta, focusing on what he said were the limits of the Fourth Amendment's application to the government collection of cellphone data.

Gregory K. Schwarz

Cobb Jury Takes Just 12 Minutes to Acquit Driver in Fatal Crash

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

It took 12 minutes for a Cobb County State Court jury to acquit a Florida long-haul truck driver of vehicular homicide last week.

Richard Rice says charges against his client represent “a frightening prospect for any service professional.”

Georgia Immigration Lawyer Honored by White House to Fight Federal Charges

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The attorney for a well-known Atlanta immigration lawyer accused of submitting false documentation for a client said she is innocent and will fight the federal charges against her.

Howard Weintraub, left, and Ben Alper represented a former assistant magistrate judge.

All 116 Counts Against Former Magistrate Dismissed in Bartow County Missing Funds Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Bartow County judge has dismissed a 116-count indictment against a former assistant magistrate judge, saying the statute of limitations on the charges expired long before she was indicted in 2012.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congratulations to Honorees of Anti-Defamation League

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate Justice Carol W. Hunstein of the Supreme Court of Georgia on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region.

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School Announces New Dean

By Meredith Hobbs |

Malcolm Morris, a professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago--an unaffiliated school--will succeed the current dean, Richardson Lynn, on July 1. Lynn is retiring after serving as dean of Atlanta's John Marshall for eight years.

L-R Co-Counsel, Michael Mills and Lead Counsel, SK Rod Dixon

Fulton Jury Awards $7M to Children of Woman Killed in Auto Accident

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury has awarded nearly $7 million to the children of a woman killed as she and the driver of the car in which she was a passenger were attempting to change a flat tire on a Thomasville highway two years ago.

Susan Wilson says she’s using skills she developed at Alston & Bird in her new job.

ON THE MOVE: UGA Law Names Director of Career Development

By Meredith Hobbs |

The University of Georgia School of Law has recruited Alston & Bird partner Susan Wilson to head its career development department at a time when law students seek more job placement assistance than ever.

Bo Sammons (with guitar) and the other members of the Alex Tjoland Band raised 9,218 pounds of food for the 2013 Legal Food Frenzy. They won the Attorney General’s Cup for largest single donation.

You Too Can Win a Big Trophy and Help Hungry Children

By Bo Sammons | Special to the Daily Report |

As educated professionals and workhorse problem solvers—kind and thoughtful ruminators, as it were—in a world going toes up on man's inhumanity to man, we can all agree there remain three important things: Feeding hungry children, playing live music and winning big trophies from important government officials.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Randolph Thrower

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Randolph W. Thrower of Atlanta on his recent passing at the age of 100.

Tara Adyanthaya and Rick Boyd, seated, and friend Bob Threlkeld were in last year’s Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded. They have been invited to return this year.

3 Atlanta Runners Head Back to Boston for Marathon

By Meredith Hobbs |

One year after the Boston Marathon bombings, Atlanta lawyers Rick Boyd, his wife, Tara Adyanthaya, and Bob Threlkeld are returning to Boston to run the race again.

Cobb ADA Hannah Palmquist said, “We need to send the message that we are going to stand up for victims.”

Accused Abuser Pleads Guilty in Unusual Domestic Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A conviction and 10-year prison sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Cobb County last week illustrates a dramatic change in the prosecution of domestic violence crimes, according to lawyers on both sides and victim advocates.

Paul Jannuzzo

Ex-GC of Glock Warns Smyrna He'll Sue

By R. Robin McDonald |

With his racketeering conviction overturned, a former top official for international gun manufacturer Glock Inc. is seeking civil damages from the city of Smyrna and its police department for launching an unwarranted criminal investigation of him at what he claims was Glock's behest.

Major Advertiser Likes Changes to Lawyer Ad Rules

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

If you've ever driven next to a MARTA bus in Atlanta, chances are you've seen personal injury lawyer Neil Flit's face.

Judge Beverly Martin

Panel: Change of Prison Doesn't Make Inmate's Case Moot

By Alyson M. Palmer |

An Atlanta-based appeals court has rejected the federal prison system's eleventh-hour attempt to end a lawsuit brought by an inmate by giving him the safer facility assignment he has long sought.

Kilpatrick Team Takes Challenge to Live on $4.55 a Day for Food

By Meredith Hobbs |

This week some Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton lawyers and staff will find out what it is like to rely on food stamps to feed themselves. That comes to $4.55 per day for one person in Georgia.

Downtown Augusta, Georgia

CITY FOCUS 5-DAY SERIES: An Inside Look at Augusta and Its Legal Market

An inside look at the lawyers, courts and history of Georgia's second city, Augusta, home of the Masters Tournament.

Harry Belafonte

Belafonte, Kings Settle Suit on MLK Papers

A suit filed by activist-entertainer Harry Belafonte against the estates of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his late wife, Coretta Scott King, over the King children's claims to documents that had long been in Belafonte's possession has been settled.

Client Sues Accountant Who Suggested Thieving Lawyer

By Greg Land |

A man whose attorney went to prison after admitting she stole almost $290,000 from him has sued the lawyer's onetime employer, a certified public accountant who allegedly recommended that he park hundreds of thousands of dollars in the lawyer's escrow account as a tax-shelter measure.

Renovations at the Cloister hotel resort, above, ran over budget and added to Sea Island Co.’s difficulty in making payments on several loans approved by Synovus Financial Corp.

Synovus Settles Shareholders' Suit for $11.75M

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Georgia bank that made more than $400 million in loans to a Sea Island real estate company that collapsed in bankruptcy has agreed to settle a suit with bank shareholders for $11.75 million.

Challenge to Falcons Stadium Bonds Argued in Court

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for a group of pastors and residents from the area where the new Falcons stadium is to be built pleaded their case Thursday, raising 20 objections they said should derail the city's plan to issue $200 million in bonds to finance part of the $1 billion project.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge J. Wade Padgett

CITY FOCUS: In Augusta, Every Lawyer Has a Golf Story or Two

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In conversations with Augusta lawyers, it never takes long to get to the subject of golf, and there's always a story that follows.

John Monroe

John Monroe, The Crafter of Wood

By Laura Raines | Special to the Daily Report |

An attorney for 21 years, John R. Monroe is a civil rights litigator specializing in the field of gun rights and Second Amendment issues. "My dad gave me a rifle on my 12th birthday and I've been shooting all my life," said Monroe.

Richmond County Courthouse

CITY FOCUS: Augusta Still Feels the Influence of John Ruffin

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In a city that takes its history seriously, it makes sense that the 340-member Augusta Bar Association is one of the oldest in Georgia, founded in 1895.

Richard Hendrix says the settlement followed a precedent-setting Court of Appeals opinion, adding “To my knowledge, this is the first time a passenger in a fleeing car has received compensation.”

Cop Chase Claims Settled for $2M

By Greg Land |

Seven years after two teenage boys were killed when the stolen car in which they were passengers slammed into a tree, with a Clayton County police cruiser in pursuit, the county has settled the resulting wrongful death actions for more than $2 million.

Laura M. Shamp

Panel Revives $3M Verdict in Hospital Case

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A plaintiff in a wrongful death case has won reinstatement of a $3 million verdict against a hospital—but her lawyer nonetheless is bothered by the part of the opinion by the Georgia Court of Appeals that lets a physician off the hook.

Douglas V. Chandler of Chandler Law is a board-certified legal malpractice attorney and a co-founder and executive committee member of the State Bar of Georgia professional liability section.

Court Orders Larger Text in Lawyer Ads

By Douglas V. Chandler |

On March 21, the Georgia Supreme Court ordered amendments to several Georgia Bar Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rule 7.2 Advertising.

Judge in Smartphone Trial is Annoyed by Continual Use of Phones in Court

By Martha Mendoza |

So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

Jury Awards George Wallace $1.3M in Vegas Lawsuit

By Ken Ritter |

A Nevada jury on Tuesday awarded $1.3 million in damages to comedian George Wallace for a leg injury he said he suffered while performing at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007.

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Judge: Drivers Can Flash Lights to Warn of Police

By Jim Salter |

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting a St. Louis County town from ticketing drivers for flashing their headlights to warn other drivers that police are nearby.

$4 Million to Fund Conflict-Free Lawyers for Poor

By Kate Brumback |

Georgia's governor signed an executive order Tuesday to provide $4 million to cover costs associated with providing lawyers without conflicting interests for poor defendants.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig

CITY FOCUS: 'Spirit Guides' Tell Tales in Augusta's Historic Summerville Cemetery

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

On a lunch break from hearing divorce cases, Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig, 58 and white-haired, bounds into Summerville Cemetery with the enthusiasm of a boy just out of school for the summer.

Georgia State Capitol

It's Lawyer V. Lawyer in Two Primary Races for Legislature

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Lawyer-legislators have shifted from gathering support from colleagues for bills to gathering support from voters to represent their districts.

Lance Cooper represents the parents of a woman killed in a crash blamed on a faulty part. General Motors settled the claims against it; a trial against the car dealer is set for June.

GM Recall Shines Light on Lawyer

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Last week, as the national media and the U.S. Congress credited Lance Cooper's discovery with exposing a corporate cover-up and federal regulatory lapse and pushing General Motors to recall 1.5 million cars with a potentially deadly ignition defect, Cooper was in his Marietta office doing what he usually does: preparing for a trial, initiating a new lawsuit and investigating other potential cases.

Mickey Mixson

ON THE MOVE: Ga. Justice Project Ends Campaign with $5.2M

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Georgia Justice Project has raised $5.2 million in a three-year capital campaign to broaden its mission of defending the criminally accused and helping them reintegrate into society.

Lawmaker Yee Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges

By Paul Elias |

Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee has pleaded not guilty to all charges for his alleged role in a San Francisco political corruption and organized crime case.

Judge Upholds $41 Million Ruling Against Blixseth

By Matthew Brown |

Real-estate developer Tim Blixseth was ordered to pay $41 million to creditors of the luxury Montana resort he helped drive into bankruptcy, by a federal judge who slammed the one-time billionaire for distorting the facts in the case.

Lawyer: Autopsy Shows Woman Shot 5 Times

By Will Lester |

The attorney for the family of a Connecticut woman killed by police on Capitol Hill six months ago says her autopsy found she was shot multiple times from behind, including a shot to the back of the head.

Gay marriage

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Over Gay Bias Case

By Jeri Clausing |

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.

Statue of General James Oglethorpe

CITY FOCUS: Sherman's Snub Notwithstanding, Augusta's Rich History Includes Sanctuary for Banned Lawyers

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Since lawyers were banned in Georgia's first city, Savannah—founded in 1733 by British General James Oglethorpe—the only place to hang up a shingle became Augusta, Georgia's second city, which Oglethorpe founded just three years later.

Chris McFadden

Divided Appeals Court Rejects Notion That 'Blinded Reviews' Needed for Suit Over Misread Pap Test

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A divided Georgia Court of Appeals has rejected a defense attempt to restrict the sort of expert testimony that's acceptable in malpractice cases involving a common screening test for cervical cancer.

U.S District Court Judge Thomas Thrash

Judge Finds Legal Lessons in Shakespeare

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash, who sometimes quotes Shakespeare in his court orders, says he's no scholar of the Bard of Avon. "I just love the stuff he writes," Thrash says.

Left: J. Randolph Evans is a partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge's Atlanta office, where he is the chairman of the financial institutions practice. Right: Shari L. Klevens is a partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge's Washington office and is the chairwoman of the firm's law firm defense practice.

Uncivil Attorneys Aren't Being Professional

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Judges and bar associations have begun to lose their patience with uncivil attorneys.

masters photo

CITY FOCUS: Teeing Off in Augusta

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Our five-day series starts by looking at the Garden City's vibrant history, economy and legal community—with so much connected to the little white ball with the dimples

Jury Awards Nearly $3 Million in Malpractice Case

A Missouri family hopes a nearly $3 million jury reward in a medical malpractice case against a Kansas doctor and pain clinic will raise awareness of the risks and possible complications from pain injections.

Angry Families Want GM Prosecuted for Defects

By Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher |

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.

Disgraced Illinois Judge Awaits Prison Assignment

By Jim Suhr |

A disgraced former Illinois drug court judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal is getting time to square away things before serving a two-year sentence on heroin and gun convictions.

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Court Rejects Early Appeal of Surveillance Ruling

The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records.

Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson

Lawyers Spar Over Ellis Case

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Lawyers accused each other of trickery as a clearly irritated judge issued reprimands on the first day of an expected week of hearings on motions in the prosecution of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

Hannah Ward argued that the rape story was concocted for the woman's boyfriend

Lawyers Defend 'Too Handsome for Rape' Strategy

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The lawyers behind a criminal defense theory that drew howls on the Internet—that a man was "too handsome" to be guilty of sexual assault—are defending the tactic, especially because their now-former-client was convicted in a second trial.

Stacey Kalberman

Jury Awards $700K to Ex-Ethics Chief in Whistleblower Suit

By Greg Land |

Stacey Kalberman was beaming and tearful Friday as she exchanged hugs and laughter with members of the jury that had just awarded her $700,000 for what she said was a retaliatory firing from her job heading the State Ethics Commission linked to her investigation into campaign spending by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Virtual Currency Raises Real Legal Issues

By Meredith Hobbs |

As the virtual currency bitcoin becomes more prevalent and commercialized, lawyers are getting involved.

Dax E. Lopez

Lawyer Jailed After Protesting Jury Service in Email to Judge

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Atlanta in-house lawyer spent a night in jail after she improperly contacted a DeKalb County judge by email, saying that she would "blame the plaintiff" in a trial for which she had been selected as a juror because she'd have to work nights and weekends to attend to her own client.

Michael Berlon also faces suits by former clients.

$1M Judgment And Criminal Probe Dog Gwinnett Lawyer

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A Gwinnett County attorney who chaired the Georgia Democratic Party has admitted he took nearly $1 million from former clients, faces a trial against another former client this month—and may face criminal charges.

William Hill

Lawyer Ejected from King Case

By Greg Land |

A judge has disqualified an attorney and his firm from representing the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in its battle with King's daughter over the slain civil rights icon's Nobel Peace Prize and Bible, ruling that William Hill Jr.'s role as a special master in a previous wrangle over King's possessions mandated his removal from the ongoing case.

George Haj

ALM Names Regional Editor-in-Chief for Ga., Fla., and Texas

By Staff Reporting |

Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time Pulitzer juror George Haj will join ALM on April 21 in the role of regional editor-in-chief for publications in Georgia, Florida and Texas, including the Daily Report.

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Judge Strikes Down Part of Ohio Gay Marriage Law

By Amanda Lee Myers |

A federal judge said Friday that he will order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, a move that strikes down part of the state's ban on gay marriages but stops short of forcing it to perform same-sex weddings.

Nearly $1.6M Awarded in SC College Hazing Case

A jury has awarded nearly $1.6 million to a pledge who says he was badly beaten during a fraternity hazing at Francis Marion University in Florence.

Ga. Prosecutors Host Event to Honor Crime Victims

The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office is planning a ceremony to recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

gavel, scale, and law book

Ga. Tax Credit Scholarships Targeted by Lawsuit

By Kathleen Foody |

A scholarship program meant to help low-income families afford private education violates the Georgia Constitution by sending tax dollars to unregulated schools, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court.

Ethics Commission Case Goes to Jury

By Kate Brumback |

The former director of the ethics commission faced direct retaliation for zealously pursuing an investigation into complaints against the governor, her lawyer told jurors Friday.

Jeff davis ziplining outside of Helen Georgia.

He Sports With Adventure

By Mary Helen Martin |

His leisure résumé consists of such activities as scuba-diving with sharks, wreck diving, canyoning, cave trekking, rappelling, cliff jumping, skydiving, whitewater kayaking and rafting