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Transatlantic Law Firm Merger Talks Stall Due To Brexit Uncertainty

Merger talks between Hunton & Williams and U.K.-based Addleshaw Goddard have stalled due to uncertainty caused by Britain’s shock decision to leave the European Union, according to partners at the two firms.

VW Settles Emissions Suits by Franchise Dealers

In another step toward resolving its legal problems, Volkswagen A.G. has settled lawsuits brought by franchise dealers over its emissions scandal.

From left: Lauren Washington, Judge Bensonetta Lane and Marty Ellin.

Warner Bates Holds Guardian ad Litem Benefit

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy hosted the fifth annual Warner Bates Guardian ad Litem benefit on Aug. 18 to benefit the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Robert J. Kauffman

Financial Irregularities Alleged Against ICLE Staff

By R. Robin McDonald |

A draft audit by auditors at the University of Georgia has uncovered apparent "financial irregularities" at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, according to a statement by the former president of the State Bar of Georgia who is also chairman of the institute's board of trustees.

Tanisha Singleton and Lyia Hogg.

Check Out After Hours Photos that Spotlight Lawyers' Lives Outside Their Offices

Events include Daily Report’s Atlanta Braves night and The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association dinner reception.

First Stop in Sedgwick’s Gender Pay Lawsuit Is Arbitration Dispute

Am Law 200 firm Sedgwick on Wednesday asked a California federal judge to send to arbitration a lawsuit filed against the firm by one of its female partners alleging the firm discriminated against women.

In Quoting Profanity, Some Judges Give a F#%&. Others Don’t

In 2001, a panel of appeals judges in Philadelphia considered if a lawyer who told her opponent, “Go fuck yourself,” should face sanctions. As the opinion took shape, the judges paused: Should they quote the full obscenity?

Gov. Nathan Deal.

Diversity Advocates Tensely Hopeful for Gains on Ga. Supreme Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

As Gov. Nathan Deal prepares to seat three new justices, concerns about the court's diversity hang over the discussion.

797 Ponce de Leon Terrace N.E. in  Virginia-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta, site of historic grave marker.

Suit Demands Homeowners Return Historic Grave Marker

By Greg Land |

Two descendants of one of the founding families of Atlanta's Virginia-Highlands neighborhood have joined with the neighborhood association to sue the owners of a home accused of having a historic grave marker removed after agreeing to continue to allow it to remain and be accessible to the public.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

DOJ Suit Accuses Georgia of Illegally Segregating Students With Behavioral Disabilities

By R. Robin McDonald |

A suit filed against the state by the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta and the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department alleges that students with behavioral disabilities in one Georgia school were segregated from other students and were given no access to elective classes, school facilities and extracurricular activities such as athletics or school clubs.

Jason Lovett.

Would-Be Lawmaker Sues Over Nixed Signatures

By Greg Land |

Jason Lovett said he took care in gathering nearly 3,000 signatures of district voters, so he was shocked when state officials told him only 556 were valid.

Pharrell, Robin Thicke Aim to Overturn Copyright Infringement Verdict for 'Blurred Lines'

Pointing to what they call a “cascade of legal errors,” Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have asked a federal appeals court to overturn last year’s verdict finding that their 2013 smash hit “Blurred Lines” had infringed on a copyright for Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”

The keynote speaker at the 2016 AALA E2E Expo was Matt Homann.

Five Ways to Boost Law Firm Innovation

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators conference speaker Matt Homann of Invisible Girlfriend provides tips on dealing with risk-phobic attorneys.

Members of the group watch as a whale shark and other denizens of the deep swim past a window in the Ocean Voyager exhibit.

Law Office Managers' Group Dives Into Data

The Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators held a conference Aug. 17 at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta.

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Man Gets 40 Years for Throwing Boiling Water on Gay Men

By Kate Brumback |

An Atlanta jury convicted a Georgia man on Wednesday for throwing boiling water on a same-sex couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.

Judge Nelly Withers in 2010 photo

Lawyers Seek Class Status in Suit Against Former Judge, Recorders Court

By R. Robin McDonald |

Attorneys for defendants whose traffic cases were allegedly mishandled by the now-defunct DeKalb County Recorders Court are asking a federal judge in Atlanta to certify the year-old case as a class action.

Michael Jablonski

Michael Jablonski, Co-Author of 'The Real Cyber War,' Shares Insights About the Future of Global Law Practices

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Michael Jablonski is not only one of Atlanta's most established campaign attorneys, he's also co-authored a book with Dr. Shawn Powers, an assistant professor of communication at Georgia State, called "The Real Cyber War," examining the geopolitical tug-of-war over internet governance and information technology.

Judge Awards Enhanced Legal Fees in Home Depot Data Breach Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has awarded $7.5 million in legal fees to lawyers representing consumers in multidistrict litigation against The Home Depot over its massive 2014 data breach.

Deadline Is Monday: Daily Report Seeks 'Attorney of the Year' Nominees

The Daily Report announces a new award and seeks nominees.

That’s a Rap: Hip-Hop Artist Now First-Year Law Student at USC

By Karen Sloan |

Roosh Williams has spent the past five years climbing the ranks of Houston’s rap scene, but the artist known for his lightning-fast rhymes is dropping the mic and picking up casebooks. Williams began classes on Monday as a first-year student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Why Conservative States Handpicked This Texas Judge for Transgender Bathroom Challenge

By John Council |

Few outside of Texas had ever heard of Fort Worth U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor before this week when he issued a nationwide injunction preventing transgender students in public schools from using bathroom facilities that match their gender identity rather than their sex

Grad Students at Private Colleges Win NLRB Ruling to Unionize

Graduate students at Columbia University performing teaching and research roles are employees under federal law who can join labor unions, a labor panel ruled Tuesday in a decision that significantly bolsters unionization movements at other colleges and universities.

Supreme Court Is Fodder for Late-Summer Reading

Are we entering a new era of Supreme Court literature? It certainly seems that way, given the steady flow of review copies of new books—fiction and nonfiction—that make their way to my desk. Fiction seems to be the trending new sector, with three new works that veer eerily close either to real life or to a justice’s worst nightmare, or both.

Bo Strauss, left, and Morris Little with a model of a 747-8 plane.

Taylor English Advises Russian Airline Group on $8B Boeing Deal

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm guided a Russian consortium in a complex agreement to purchase 20 Boeing 747-8s, the same aircraft type used for Air Force One.

SunTrust Bank

Suits Against SunTrust Over 401(k) Plan Now a Class Action

By R. Robin McDonald |

SunTrust Banks' decision at the onset of the recession to allow its employee retirement plan to continue investing in bank stock as it sustained billions in losses and the housing market collapsed is at the heart of multidistrict litigation that a federal judge has said will now proceed against the banking company as a class action.

Hemy Neuman Found Guilty of Murder in Day Care Killing Retrial

A DeKalb County court official says Hemy Neuman has been found guilty of killing another man outside a suburban Atlanta preschool in his second trial in the case.

Valdosta Parents File Federal Suit Over Son’s Gym-Mat Death

The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled up gym mat have filed a new wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.

A Courtroom Sketch Artist on Murder, Emotion and Finding an Angle

By Ross Todd |

A regular presence in San Francisco Bay Area courtrooms, Vicki Ellen Behringer has had plenty of blockbuster trials to render over a career as a sketch artist.

Why Google Can’t Shake This Search Results Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

Google Inc. and other search engine sites have long argued—with success—that the First Amendment protects decisions about how websites appear in search results. But Google is struggling in a civil suit in federal court in Florida to make the argument that the First Amendment also shields decisions to remove sites from search results altogether.

Judge Adalberto Jordan

11th Circuit Rekindles Morehouse Surgeon's Bias Suit Against Grady

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Judge Adalberto Jordan said the suit contains sufficient factual allegations to survive a motion to dismiss.

Judge Stephen Lewis A. Dillard

Ga. Judge Tweets 'No Thanks' to Supreme Court Nomination

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Judge Stephen Dillard, aka @JudgeDillard, says he'll continue to serve on the Georgia Court of Appeals and won't pursue a high court appointment.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas

King & Spalding Facing Sanctions After Tobacco Case Mistrial

A Miami judge declared a mistrial in a tobacco case after a King & Spalding partner made improper comments before the jury.

Proposed site for Masquerade music venue, left, and original site, right.

Homebuilder Calls New Masquerade Site a Looming Nuisance

By Greg Land |

Less than a week after The Masquerade threw a two-day door-closing blowout concert at its North Avenue location and promised the music would play on at new digs in northwest Atlanta, a developer building high-end homes near the new locale has asked a judge to halt plans for the venue.

Judge Reed O'Connor.

Texas Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Transgender Bathroom Rules

Siding with a group of states, including Texas, Alabama and Wisconsin, a federal judge imposed a nationwide injunction blocking the Obama administration's rules for bathroom facilities and transgender public school students.

‘I Started Seeing Torts Everywhere!’ Big-Name Attorneys Recall Favorite Law School Classes

By ALM Staff |

As law students head back to school over the coming days, we decided to rewind the clock for a group of prominent attorneys and ask them to share the courses they took that stuck with them. A common thread among their answers was how those classes shaped their mindset and focus down the road.

Southern Poverty Law Center Identifies Lawyer’s Neo-Nazi Ties

By Roy Strom |

The city of Baltimore has fired a former DLA Piper lawyer from his position as a city contract attorney after the Southern Poverty Law Center said this week that he donated for years to a neo-Nazi group.

Linda Klein

Klein Appoints 42 Georgians to ABA Committees

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta lawyer Linda Klein, the new president of the American Bar Association, has appointed 42 Georgia lawyers to ABA committees.

Judge Reed O'Connor.

Judge in Texas Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Transgender Rules

By Paul J. Weber |

A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration’s directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

John Horn, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia.

Justice Dept., Joining ABA, Asks Court to Affirm Injunction on Bail Practices

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Justice Department has joined with the American Bar Association in asking a federal appellate court in Atlanta to affirm a trial judge's finding that jailing misdemeanor defendants who were too poor to pay a cash bond is unconstitutional.

Georgia Muslims Ask Feds to Probe Newton County Vote to Ban Mosque

By R. Robin McDonald |

Nearly 20 mosques and Muslim organizations across Georgia are calling on the U.S. Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation of Newton County after the county commission voted Aug. 15 to block construction of a mosque.

A. Binford Minter, Columbus Ga. Handout Photo 8-18-2016

Garnishment Action Accuses Lawyer of Using Unpaid Judgment to Block Debt Collection

By Greg Land |

A Columbus lawyer claims that he's being stymied by another attorney in his efforts to collect on a nearly $160,000 judgment against a former AFLAC executive.

Michael Hollingsworth of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, the event’s sponsor, delivers opening remarks at the event.

In-House Counsel Gather for CLE and a Braves Game

The Georgia chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel held a continuing legal education event Aug. 16 at Turner Field.

Swimmers Unlikely to Face Harsh Punishment for Rio Incident, Law Profs Say

By Karen Sloan |

The quartet of American swimmers accused of concocting a wild tale of armed robbery in Rio to cover up a night of drunken carousing aren’t likely to face serious legal consequences, according to law professors who have been helping the media and public unpack the ever-evolving scandal.

What Tanked the Uber Deal

By Law.Com Editors |

A few months ago it looked like Uber Technologies Inc. might be able to shut down a massive class action on behalf of California and Massachusetts drivers for the reasonable price of $84 million—reasonable by the standards of a company valued by some measures at more than $60 billion. That hope fizzled for Uber on Thursday with an order from Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California putting the kibosh on the deal. Here's why.

Mary E. Staley

Jurors Will Be Allowed to See Vehicle in Hot SUV Death Case

By Kate Brumback | The Associated Press |

Jurors in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die will be allowed to see the SUV during the trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Larry Thompson

Trump Draws Ire of Atlanta Legal VIPs

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Prominent Atlanta lawyer Larry Thompson has joined the chorus of influential conservatives denouncing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

David Schaeffer, left, with Sherpa Lakpa Rita, right, at Mount Everest Base Camp in 2012.

Lawyer Turns Upcoming Himalayas Climb Into Atlanta Bar Fundraiser

By Meredith Hobbs |

David Schaeffer's motto, "always aim for the highest heights," has impelled him to climb some of the tallest mountains in the world. He's using his latest expedition climbing Mount Cho Oyu in the Himalayas as a novel fundraiser to help alumni of the Atlanta Bar Association's summer law internship program reach their aspirations of becoming lawyers.

Harley-Davidson Reaches $15M Deal in Emissions Case

Hog. Chopper. Cruiser. Call a motorcycle what you want, but be careful how you tune it. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice are putting the brakes on devices that regulators say increase air pollution.

Atlanta Conference Features Tech’s Role in Reducing Law Firm Marketing Costs

ClientsFirst Consulting’s Chris Fritsch identifies some easy ways to boost your firm’s marketing performance.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

ABA Weighs In on Indigent Bail Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

Recommending that cash bail requirements that don't take into account a defendant's individual financial circumstances be abolished, the American Bar Association weighed in Thursday in a federal case challenging bond schedules imposed by the city of Calhoun.

Barbara Sinsley.

Growing Atlanta FinTech Firm Taps New GC

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The Atlanta-based financial technology company FactorTrust has announced the addition of Barbara Sinsley as general counsel and chief compliance officer.

6 Marketing Traps Law Firms Fail to Avoid

Most legal marketing isn’t bad; it is just far less productive than it could be. Similarly, most business development departments aren’t ineffective; they are just reactive. Yet both functions persist, despite contributing inadequately to the success or growth of the legal practices they supposedly exist to serve.

7 Turning Points in the Downfall of Pennsylvania AG

Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement officer has been found guilty of perjury, false swearing and obstruction of the administration of law for leaking secret investigative information and lying about it before a grand jury. Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who announced her resignation Tuesday, has experienced a downfall more than two years in the making.

Marlan Wilbanks

Settlement in 'Pay-to-Play' Scheme Involving Undocumented Pregnant Women to Exceed $500M

By R. Robin McDonald |

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. has reached "an agreement in principal" to settle a Georgia whistleblower case for more than $513 million in what the director of a national taxpayer watchdog organization said is the nation's largest "pay-to-play" whistleblower case involving a hospital corporation.

The Charles L. Carnes Justice Center Building, 160 Pryor St. Atlanta.

Awning and Scaffold Removed From Charles Carnes Building

By Greg Land |

After repairs to ensure marble tiles won't come loose and fall on passersby, the skeletal steel scaffold and awning that the Charles L. Carnes Justice Center Building at the corner of Pryor and Mitchell streets has sported for the last six years has been removed.

King & Spalding headquarters in Midtown Atlanta.

King & Spalding Advises Post Properties on Megabucks Apartment REIT Combo

By Meredith Hobbs |

K&S represented the Atlanta apartment owner in its $3.88 billion sale to Mid-America Apartments Communities, creating the Southeast's largest multifamily real estate investment trust.

Percentage of Grads Landing Big Law Jobs Is Up, Number in Private Practice Sinks

Firms with 500 or more lawyers hired the largest percentage of new graduates since 2009. And the median salary for newly minted attorneys working at all law firms increased more than 5 percent to $100,000, according to the latest jobs data from the National Association for Law Placement.

Monique Pressley, Former Head of Cosby Legal Team, Is Out

Monique Pressley, the public-facing attorney who has represented Bill Cosby in his criminal case and civil matters, is no longer representing him.

Greg Heller.

At Turner Field, In-House Counsel Talk 'Internet of Things'

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The local Association of Corporate Counsel chapter hosted a panel discussion titled "Digital Business and the Internet of Things" at Turner Field on Tuesday.

Ga. Appeals Court Judge John Ellington

State Farm Loses Appeal Over Jury Qualification

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Decision stemming from a car collision suit clairifies how judges must question prospective jurors about their ties to insurance firms.

Which Law Firms Will Be Hurt Most by Associate Salary Increases?

By By Nicholas Bruch, Senior Analyst ALM Legal Intelligence |

An analysis reveals that the associate salary increases announced over the past two months will have drastically different impacts on the finances of different firms.

Yehuda Smolar. Catherine Lovett/Daily Report.

Co-Defendant in Fraud Suit Sues Lawyer and Firm

By Greg Land |

A business management company being sued for allegedly scheming with a local attorney to set up a fraudulent line of credit and hefty "loan fee" to keep from paying a $245,000 judgment has filed its own suit against lawyer and co-defendant Yehuda Smolar, saying he and his firm are in default on the loan.

British Firm to Join Police Effort to Tackle Cybercrime

British law firm Mishcon de Reya is positioning itself at the forefront of efforts to tackle the growing problem of cybercrime, with a lead role on a new police initiative in London to recover assets stolen by online fraudsters.

Dan Hauck. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Atlanta's ThreadKM Partners With Dentons

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Global mega-firm Dentons will partner with Atlanta-based legal software company ThreadKM to roll out its Slack-like chat tool across its offices.

Atlanta skyline.

Southeastern Firms Buck Demand Slowdown in Uncertain Market

By Meredith Hobbs |

While firms in the Southeast far surpassed the demand growth seen across the country, they are still cautious about what the rest of 2016 will bring as a number of factors could lead to a shaky second half of the year.

O'Melveny Partners Take Opposite Sides in Clinton-Trump Race

As the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns keep pulling top lawyers into their spider webs of advisers, they’ve mostly netted partners from competing law firms.

Jones Day's Atlanta HQ, Pershing Plaza Building in Midtown.

Jones Day Gets New Landlord in Midtown

By Jennifer Leclaire | Global Street |

Pershing Park Plaza is bought for $45 million by Franklin Street Properties, which plans $1.8 million in capital investments.

More Than 80 Percent of Partners in U.K. Expect to See Law Firm Job Cuts Because of Brexit

The vast majority of partners in the U.K. expect to see law firm layoffs in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union, while over half say their firms will cut back on recruitment, according to new Legal Week research.

Morgan Clemons, Aldridge Pite, Atlanta

Georgia Bar Marks 100th Anniversary of Its First Woman Lawyer

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An Aug. 24 celebration will commemorate the events—and the trailblazing attorney—credited with opening the door for women to practice law in Georgia.

Fulton County Will Pay $2M to Teen Shot by Police

By R. Robin McDonald |

An African-American teenager who was shot in the back of the head five years ago—after he had surrendered to a Fulton County police officer and knelt down on the ground—will receive $2 million to settle a federal civil rights case brought on his behalf.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Service on Outside Boards Has Its Risks

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Membership on a board can increase the attorney's visibility, create connections that lead to new business and help the attorney give back to the community. But it comes with some potential issues that should be addressed.

Cravath Lawyer Spotlighted in Book, Movie with Eddie Redmayne

When author and screenwriter Graham Moore set out to write his next novel, he already knew he wanted to tell the story of business giant George Westinghouse’s 1880s battle with Thomas Edison over the patent for the light bulb—but he didn’t know exactly how to tell it.

Daynard, Richard- President, Tobacco Control Resource Center, Inc., and Chair, Tobacco Products Liability Project, Northeastern University Law School, Boston Mass. Editor of the Tobacco Products Litigation Reporter.

Another Florida Court Scorns Stale Engle Tobacco Defense

The Second District Court of Appeal lines up with others on a preemption issue heading for the Florida Supreme Court in November.

15 Best Places to Live and Work in Big(gish) Law

Polish those resumes. We’ve matched the best places to live in the country with the largest Big Law offices in those markets. Here’s how: We took The National Law Journal’s NLJ 500 law firm branch offices info and paired it with U.S. News & World Report’s The Best Places to Live. U.S. News’ ranking was based on a strong job market and a high quality of life, among other factors. The ranking by the NLJ, a Law.com affiliate, is based on the number of full-time equivalent lawyers in each office.

Lance Cooper

Suit: Lawyer, Firm Cooked Up Bogus Loan Scheme to Duck $245K Judgment

By Greg Land |

A group of lawyers looking to collect an eight-year-old judgment worth more than $245,000 is suing YES Law Group partner Yehuda Smolar and his firm along with a local business management company for allegedly creating a bogus line of credit and "loan fee" arrangement to enable Smolar to avoid paying the debt.

‘Made in the USA’? Maybe Not, According to the FTC

On the night of the Super Tuesday primaries, Donald Trump stood at a podium and repeated the promise emblazoned on his campaign’s signature hats.

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

Mother of Murdered Fulton Jail Inmate Sues Sheriff, Staff

By Greg Land |

The mother of a young man murdered by a fellow Fulton County Jail inmate months after he should have been released is suing Sheriff Ted Jackson along with several jail staffers and its healthcare contractor.

Klein Appoints 10 Atlantans to ABA Committees

By Meredith Hobbs |

ABA president Linda Klein, a Baker Donelson shareholder, has made 770 appointments since taking over a leader on Aug. 9.

Chief Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver

Head of Judicial Watchdog Agency Resigns

By R. Robin McDonald |

Facing at least one formal ethics complaint for her role in the felony indictment of a North Georgia publisher and his lawyer, the judge who chairs the state Judicial Qualifications Commission resigned from the agency on Friday.

Tips on How to Get Out of Jury Duty

You are busy, busy. You’re negotiating two super-important matters and your clients are constantly clamoring for your attention. Then bam: You get hit with a summons to show up at 9 a.m. sharp for jury duty. Defer it for another day? Not an option; you’ve already used up your chits. In fact, the summons says that you could be hauled off to jail if you fail to show up this time.

Michael Goldberg, left, and Joe Fried

Cobb Jury Awards Couple $20M in Tractor-Trailer Wreck Case

By Greg Land |

The husband was left with permanent brain damage when his car was hit by a tractor-trailer that ran a red light.

MARTA honored its outside counsel of 42 years, Charles Pursley, with a proclamation at a recent event to honor him.

Meet Pursley, a Rail Car Named for MARTA's Longtime Lawyer

By Meredith Hobbs |

Charles Pursley, MARTA's outside counsel for 42 years, will be the first lawyer to have a rail car named after him.

First Courtroom Showdown in Fight Between Feds and States About Transgender Bathroom Policy

The first courtroom showdown is scheduled for Friday in the lawsuit pitting Texas and about a dozen other states against the Obama administration about the federal government’s transgender bathroom guidelines for schools.

VW Lawyers' Fee Request Won't Exceed $324M Despite Massive Size of Emissions Accord

Lead plaintiffs lawyers who crafted a $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen A.G. over its emissions scandal have told a federal judge that they won’t ask for more than $324 million.

David Cooke, Bibb County DA

Macon DA, Atlanta Attorney Accused of Fabricating Evidence to Bolster Asset Seizures

By R. Robin McDonald |

An elderly Macon couple has accused the county district attorney and a special assistant DA of fabricating evidence to support criminal charges against them in order to illegally seize financial assets to bolster the DA's discretionary coffers, according to a federal suit filed Tuesday in Atlanta.

Nick Panayotopoulos.

The Unexpected Benefits of Pro Bono

By Nicholas "Nick" Panayotopoulos |

Statistics associated with domestic violence are startling, but the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Safe and Stable Families Project gives volunteer attorneys the opportunity to represent survivors of intimate partner violence, see firsthand what violence can do to a family and put legal skills to good use.

Twitter Fends Off Suit Over ISIS Attack

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a suit against Twitter Inc. that seeks to hold the social media platform liable for a 2015 terrorist attack in Jordan that left two Americans dead and was linked to the Islamic State, or ISIS.

‘Was She Happy? Was She Terrified?’ Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst Kidnapping

If you think we live in dangerous times now, you’ve forgotten the 1970s. Jeffrey Toobin, lawyer-turned-CNN legal analyst, talks to Law.com about his new book focused on one of the defining moments of that decade: The kidnapping of Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974.

Settlement Stock Art

Teen Shot by Fulton Officer Settles Case for $350K

By Greg Land |

Fulton County will pay $350,000 to settle claims brought by a teenager who was shot by a police officer after exiting a stolen car as a passenger.

Brandon Peak

Anesthesia Services Firm Settles with Feds Over Kickback Allegations

By R. Robin McDonald |

A metro Atlanta firm that supplies nurse anesthetists and anesthesiology services to hospitals, outpatient surgical centers and doctors' offices across the state has agreed to pay the federal government more than $1 million for what federal prosecutors say were violations of federal anti-kickback laws.

In-House Legal Departments of the Year Deadline Extended Till Aug. 29

The Daily Report has extended its deadline for nominations for its annual project recognizing excellence in in-house legal departments. The new deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, August 29.

New Company Aims to Tackle Law Firms’ Alcohol Problem

The lead author of a landmark study that found problem drinking rampant in the legal profession, Patrick Krill, has launched a consulting firm to help law firms deal with addiction and other mental health issues among partners and employees.

At GlaxoSmithKline, Hourly Billing Is All but Dead

GlaxoSmithKline’s long-running campaign to eradicate the billable hour is paying off. An impressive 84 percent of the work GSK assigned to law firms in 2015 was done through an alternative fee arrangement, Bob Harchut, associate general counsel at the pharmaceutical company, said in an interview. In 2011, the number was 68 percent. In 2008, it was just 3 percent.

U.S. Department of Justice

King & Spalding Takes Feds to Court Over Heart-Device Investigation Docs

The law firm King & Spalding is suing federal health regulators and the U.S. Justice Department for information about the government's now-closed investigation of the medical device company Abiomed Inc.

Mawuli Davis

Ferguson Protester Hits Atlanta Police With Fourth Civil Rights Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

In the latest lawsuit over an allegedly aggressive police response to a November 2014 march, a protester claims that he was left bloodied by law enforcement.

Brian Sutherland, partner, Buckley Beal.

Fulton to Pay $475K to Settle Harassment, Whistleblower Claims

By Greg Land |

Fulton County has agreed to pay $475,000 to settle a suit filed by a former public health worker who claimed he was fired after complaining of sexual harassment and refusing to sign a document falsely verifying that all of his work was related to a federal AIDS grant program.

L-R Ken Boehner and Ryan Walsh, Jones Day Atlanta

Jones Day Lawyers Advise Randstad on Monster Acquisition

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta partners Ken Boehner and Ryan Walsh led the Jones Day team advising on the $429 million deal.

John C. Mayoue.  Catherine Lovett/Daily Report. photo archive. 11-10-03

Law Partners Remember John Mayoue

By Pamela J. Gray and Theodore S. Eittreim |

Partners Pamela J. Gray and Theodore S. Eittreim of Mayoue Gray Eittreim write about the recent loss of the well-known "celebrity" lawyer, who died on Aug. 2.

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Where Does Atlanta Rank In Size Among BigLaw Cities?

Using exclusive survey data, we rank 11 American cities by their populations of big-firm lawyers. Plus, check out our list of firms that dominate those markets.

Freedom of Information Act Suit Filed for Public Records on Immigration Raids

By R. Robin McDonald |

A suit has been filed against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security claiming the agencies violated the federal Freedom of Information Act by ignoring repeated requests for information about January raids in which 121 women and children in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina were taken into custody.

Fee Request Turned Aside in Led Zeppelin Copyright Case

A federal judge overseeing a copyright trial over Led Zeppelin’s 1971 hit song “Stairway to Heaven” has rejected music publisher Warner/Chappell Music Inc.’s request for attorney fees but chastised the plaintiff’s attorney, Francis Malofiy, about his “tasteless courtroom antics and litigation misconduct.”

Prolific Sperm Donor Was a Schizophrenic, Not a Neuroscientist, Leading to Spate of Suits

A dozen suits have been filed in four U.S. states and Canada against a Georgia sperm bank over a single donor who was allegedly described as a brilliant neuroscientist and musician, but who was actually a diagnosed schizophrenic who had served time for burglary and had no college degree.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

JNC Releases Final List of Ga. Supreme Court Nominees

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

At the close of nominations, 130 individuals have been put forth for consideration.

J. Scott Key

Taking Stock of the Georgia Supreme Court Nominees

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

More than 100 individuals have had their names put forward as potential candidates for three vacancies on the state's high court.

Alison Currie, front row, l-r, Maggie McClatchey and Carrie Stephens with Andrew King, back row, l-r, Ted Lavender and Kris Alderman.

Med-Mal Team Leaves Lewis Brisbois for FisherBroyles and other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

FisherBroyles is a "virtual" firm, but the Lewis Brisbois team will have a bricks-and-mortar office.

Smaller Firms May Risk Losing Clients Over Cybersecurity Fears

The price of effective cybersecurity can be daunting for small and midsized law firms. But the cost of inaction could be even greater, as more clients threaten to abandon firms that don’t meet their data-privacy standards.

Jaguar Wins $2 Million in 'Exceptional Case' Fees

A Delaware federal judge has signed off on automaker Jaguar Land Rover North America’s request for more than $2 million in “exceptional case” attorney fees and expenses over a patent infringement case that was deemed “objectively baseless.”

The attorneys and staff at Buckley Beal celebrate the first anniversary of the firm’s founding.

Buckley Beal Celebrates First Year as a Firm

Buckley Beal celebrated its first anniversary with a champagne and hors d’oeuvres event on July 28 at its offices in Midtown in the Promenade building.

Money Laundering Case Puts Spotlight on Law Firms’ Use of Trust Accounts

A $3.5 billion asset forfeiture case that the U.S. Department of Justice brought last month grabbed the public’s attention for the alleged purchases involved: a luxury jet, a Beverly Hills mansion, Las Vegas casino junkets and a stake in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Kit Mackey, left, and Ryan Mackey go over their notes with aunt Kristen Rasmussen, who is a reporter for the Daily Report.

Daily Report Shares Newsroom With Junior Journalists

Take Your Kids to Work Day was held this past Friday in the downtown newsroom of the Daily Report.

A Delta baggage carousel at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport.

How Delta's Legal Dept Can Limit Outage's Fallout

By Stephanie Forshee |

According to former GCs, Delta's in-house lawyers can help minimize the fallout from Monday's computer outage that affected tens of thousands of passengers worldwide.

Georgia Settles Suit Over Immigrant Driver's License Policy

By R. Robin McDonald |

Without admitting fault, Georgia resolved the Southern Poverty Law Center's litigation over a state policy that barred certain legal immigrants from obtaining or renewing their driver's licenses.

'Attorney of the Year' Nomination Deadline Is Extended

The Daily Report has extended the deadline for nominations for its "Attorney of the Year" award to Monday, Aug. 29, to honor an attorney or judge for exemplary work during 2015.

Francys Johnson

Minority Groups Sue Gwinnett County, Allege Voting Rights Violations

By R. Robin McDonald |

Lawyers' Committee is teaming up with the NAACP and a Latino group to challenge voting procedures for the county commission and school board.

Second Circuit Rules for Chevron in $9B Environmental Case

A federal judge was right to void a multi-billion dollar environmental judgment against Chevron Corp. because it was tainted by fraud and judicial corruption in Ecuador, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday.

Is It Time for a Better ‘Miranda Warning’—In Spanish?

An estimated 900,000 times a year, law enforcement officers recite some version of the fabled “Miranda warning” to criminal suspects in Spanish.

From the City by the Bay: The ABA Annual Meeting

We’re on the ground at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco Aug. 4-9, where nearly 5,000 legal professionals are expected to gather for networking, policymaking and continuing education.

Drew Eckl Farnham will be moving from this building.

Drew Eckl Finds a New Home

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm's current building at 880 West Peachtree was bought by Trammell Crow, which is planning to tear it down and build an apartment tower.

Timothy K. Hall

Lawyer: Ga. Insurance Limits Create Incentive to Force Trial

By Greg Land |

Insurers refuse to pay policy limits, even when the evidence shows the injury would likely be worth more. A Gwinnett County case is called "a perfect example."

Federal Judge Wants Faster Pace than Feds in Health Insurance Merger Challenges

A federal judge in Washington, juggling challenges to two multibillion-dollar merger deals in the health insurance industry, said Thursday he would keep only one of the cases and begin the trial in the other ahead of the U.S. Justice Department’s preferred February start date.

Kozinski Declares War on 'Fat Briefs'

Sly counsel are taking advantage of the Ninth Circuit by filing last-minute requests to exceed page limits, former chief judge says.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of John Mayoue, Writes State Bar President

State Bar of Georgia president extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Atlanta attorney.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

At Historic Juncture, Here's Who's in the Running for Ga. Supreme Court Vacancies

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

There are now 114 lawyers and judges nominated for three vacancies on the state's high court—including two newly-created seats.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Dozens Vie for Ga. Supreme Court Vacancies

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

With one week until the Aug. 8 deadline, more than 70 lawyers and judges have applied or been nominated for two newly-created seats.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

15 More Lawyers Added to Georgia Supreme Court Nomination List

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

View the complete list of 94 lawyers and judges who have been nominated to date for vacancies on the state's high court.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

Here's Who's Been Nominated For the Supreme Court of Georgia So Far

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Judicial Nominating Commission had received nominations of 79 judges and lawyers as of Tuesday morning.

Diversity, Consumer Groups at Odds over Tougher Bar-Pass Rule Proposed for Law Schools

Factions are again forming in the battle over the American Bar Association’s bar-passage standard for law schools, with diversity and consumer advocates at odds over a proposal to strengthen the rule.

Public Defender Blames Governor for Funding Problem, Then Appoints Him to Handle Case

Facing a dwindling number of available attorneys and reduced funding, the director of Missouri’s public defender system has appointed to represent an indigent litigation the “one attorney in the state who created this problem”—Gov. Jay Nixon.

ABA's Incoming President Marshals Legal Aid for Veterans

A trailblazer in her own right as a woman in law, Atlanta lawyer Linda Klein is looking to use her newest leadership post to create a clearer path for veterans legal assistance.

Celebrity Divorce Lawyer John Mayoue Dies at 62

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Mayoue represented Jane Fonda in her divorce from billionaire businessman Ted Turner and Marianne Gingrich in her split from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Judicial Building, Supreme Court of Georgia.

Another 16 Names Added for Supreme Court Consideration

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Check out the updated list of lawyers and judges nominated for two new seats on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Paralegal Killed in Texas Balloon Crash Mourned by Firm Leader

Attorney John Grubb knew when his paralegal did not return his text message on Saturday morning that something was very wrong. Holly Huckabee never failed to get back to him within minutes.

Lessons From the Summer Games With Big Law Olympian Amr Aly

Amr Aly, Partner, at Mayer Brown in New York. At left, 1984 playing card of Amr Aly who competed for the U.S. Olympic soccer team in 1984.

What To Expect (Will Happen to Your Career) When You’re Expecting

Generous parental leave is a perk large law firms regularly tout. Winston & Strawn, for example, announced this spring that it was upping its policy to 20 weeks of gender-neutral parental leave. But it’s no secret that preparing for leave and returning from it are stressful times for busy Big Law attorneys, whose productivity most often is measured by hours billed.

11th Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson.Zach Porter/Daily Report.11/05/09

11th Circ. Sides With City's Sex Toy Ban—For Now

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

While inviting a petition for en banc review, the panel on Tuesday upheld the ban in Sandy Springs, which has been fighting adult establishments since the suburban Atlanta city's incorporation in 2005.

Jeffrey Bramlett

Memorial Service Announced for Jeff Bramlett

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Bondurant Mixson & Elmore partner and former president of the Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia died July 28.

Jabari Moore, CEO, Atticus, Atlanta Ga. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Atticus Gives Users Legal Support to Fight Traffic Citations

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The new app is intended to help individuals mitigate the consequences that traffic citations can have, many of which people don't realize until it's too late.

As Zika Infections Rise, Law Firms Follow Ebola Playbook

Two years ago, law firms sought to capitalize on client concerns about the Ebola epidemic with a flurry of announcements touting new “task forces” to address the impact of the disease.

‘I’ve Pretty Much Quarantined Myself’: How Pregnant Lawyers in Miami are Responding to Zika

On top of managing litigation caseloads and expanding families, pregnant lawyers in the Miami area are figuring out how to manage the risks of living and working so close to a neighborhood the CDC has warned expectant mothers away from after an outbreak of the Zika virus.

People moves

Largest Minority-Owned Firm Quintairos Prieto Launches Atlanta Office — And Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Miami-based Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer has opened an Atlanta office with five lawyers—and it intends to grow, said Ryan Meade, the new office's managing partner.

L-R Gerald Davidson Jr. and Derek Bauer

Attorney Fee Check Ends Decade of Litigation—With a Twist

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An Atlanta doctor, ordered to reimburse his opponents' legal fees, paid up last week but isn't backing down.

Judge, J. Bryant Durham, Jr

Lawyer Helped Judge Survive Obscenity Scandal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Cartersville lawyer's negotiation helped a Rome Judicial Circuit judge avoid harsh punishment after an obscenity-laced courtroom exchange with a defendant went viral.

Peter Carter, GC, Delta Airlines, Atlanta GA.

Delta's New GC Isn't Shying From the Spotlight

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Peter Carter discusses his job and responsibilities as general counsel for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines.

Top Mistakes That Employers Make: Part II

By Amanda Farahany |

In Part I of this article (June 13), I discussed the top mistakes that employers make that motivate employees to call a plaintiffs lawyer. In this article, I will provide my thoughts on the top mistakes employers make in litigation.

The Goal of Litigation, and How to Reach It

By Earl W. "Billy" Gunn |

The goal of litigation is to obtain a just result in a reasonable and expeditious period of time. This article is written from the viewpoint of a lawyer that has represented three plaintiffs in 37 years, so it obviously comes from a defense perspective.

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

Determining Insurance Liability and the Meaning of 'Publication'

By Petrina A. McDaniel and Keshia Williams Lipscomb |

Policyholders now argue that liability carriers must cover claims arising from unauthorized recording suits because they involve "publication" that has caused a personal and advertising injury. Courts are divided, though, on the meaning of "publication."

Adam Haigh, general counsel at Honey Baked Ham Company LLC in Alpharetta, Georgia.

New-Look HoneyBaked Ham Has Its First GC

By KRISTEN RASMUSSEN |

In the wake of a restructuring that has effectively tripled its size, HoneyBaked Ham appointed its first GC in June, Adam Haigh.

Hall Booth Expands Into Birmingham

By Meredith Hobbs |
Mark F. Dehler

JQC Executive Director to Step Down

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Mark Dehler will leave his post Aug. 16.

multi-ethnic volunteer group raising hands against blue sky

Legal Groups and Activists to Hold Free Protest-Support Training

By Meredith Hobbs |

A coalition of legal and social justice organizations are holding a free legal training at 6 p.m. Tuesday for lawyers, students and others who want to volunteer to help at protests.

7/28/16- Khizr Khan, who lost his son, Capt. Humayun Khan of the Army, to the war in Iraq more than a decade ago, speaks at the Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia.

DNC Speaker Khizr Khan a Man of Character, Say Former Big-Law Colleagues

By Katelyn Polantz |

Many lawyers at Hogan Lovells remember the week in 2004 when U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan lost his life to a suicide bomber. Then-Hogan & Hartson attorneys mourned the death because the soldier’s father, Khizr Khan, a Muslim American immigrant, was among their beloved colleagues.

Bo Bregman, the great-grandfather of Alex Bregman, is shown in a Washington Post article discussing his sandlot baseball team.

Baseball Runs Deeper Than Law in Top MLB Prospect Bregman’s Family

By Roy Strom |

The Houston Astros this week called up Alex Bregman, a 22-year-old infielder who has been called the top prospect in all of Major League Baseball. While Bregman has a chance to make history on the ball field, his grandfather already played a dramatic part in the league’s story away from the diamond.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Take a Work-Free Vacation Without Compromising Quality

By Randy Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

By taking some simple steps before unplugging, attorneys and their firms can reduce any vulnerabilities associated with much-needed time off.

Jeffrey Bramlett

Atlanta Trial Lawyer, Bar Leader Jeff Bramlett Dies at 62

By Meredith Hobbs |

Jeff Bramlett, a partner at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore and a leader in the Atlanta legal community for more than three decades, died on July 28 of cancer. He was 62.

Judge Nels Peterson

New Ga. Appeals Judge Has a Gift for Grab

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Since joining the bench in January, Judge Nels Peterson has drawn attention with his dramatic opening lines and other writing flourishes.

Letter Writers Mourn Loss of Jeff Bramlett

Letters from Atlanta Bar Association and Bondurant Mixson & Elmore note the attorney's passing.

Greg Heller.

Braves Lawyer Steps Up to the Plate as CLO

By Kristen Rasmussen |

How a Reed Smith Lawyer Began Marathon Training With a Gitmo Detainee

When Ravil Mingazov is released from Guantánamo Bay prison, where he has been held without charges for nearly 14 years, his plans for returning to the outside world include running a marathon alongside his longtime pro bono lawyer.

Law May Not Give Miami Rapper’s Sex Tape Suit a ‘Gawker’ Outcome

A Miami rapper suing gossip site Worldstar Hip Hop over a leaked sex tape hopes to replicate wrestler Hulk Hogan’s big win against Gawker Media—but the case may turn on differences in how the law treats sites hosting user-generated content.

David Cornwell.

Partners Allege Noted Sports Lawyer Caused Firm's Bankruptcy

By Meredith Hobbs |

The discovery of $22 million in shortfalls to the escrow accounts of real estate closing firm Morris Hardwick Schneider two years ago pushed the firm into bankruptcy, led to a criminal indictment against one of its former owners, Nathan Hardwick IV, and has spawned a plethora of civil suits.

Lawyers Argue Infection, Not Negligence, Killed Patient in Med-Mal Defense Win

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury cleared two doctors of liability in the death of a man who died a few days after he went to an emergency room seeking treatment for a swelling in his throat, neck and face.

SEC Says Atlanta Men Financed Luxury Shopping Spree With Investor Funds

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Defendants allegedly used investor funds to make purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace, according to a fraud case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

L-R Enrique Susemihl, Mitra Vahdat and John UyHam

At Coke Event, a Push for 'Diversity 3.0'

By KRISTEN RASMUSSEN |

More then 100 in-house lawyers and law firm practitioners gathered for The Coca-Cola Co.'s Legal Diversity Link, which connects legal departments with minority- and women-owned law firms.

Richard Winegarden.

Georgia Rule Allows Judges Rejected by Voters to Continue Hearing Cases

By R. Robin McDonald |

When senior Judge Richard Winegarden presided over the dismissal of the indictment of a north Georgia publisher and a lawyer on July 18, he held court even though he had been thrown off the bench eight years earlier by the voters and then defeated in a subsequent campaign for another judgeship.

Lester Tate

Senior Judge's Treatment of Media in Hearing May Run Afoul of Ethics Ruling

By R. Robin McDonald |

The former chairman of Georgia's judicial watchdog agency says that a visiting judge's treatment of the media at a hearing over whether to dismiss a controversial indictment against a north Georgia publisher and his lawyer may run afoul of a formal opinion the agency issued in 2013 warning judges that their courtrooms must, except in rare circumstances, remain open to the public.

Industry Vet Named GC at Birch Communications

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Atlanta-based Birch Communications, Inc., which provides voice and broadband communications to small and mid-sized business customers, announced on Thursday that it's named Gordon "Chuck" Williams its new senior vice president and general counsel.

Seeking Equal Pay for Women, Sedgwick Partner Sues Her Firm

A current nonequity partner at Sedgwick has accused the firm of systemic discrimination against women in a class action suit filed Tuesday in a California state court. The suit claims that a “male-dominated culture” keeps women from earning equal pay and equal partnership status at Sedgwick.

Ailes Knocks Carlson’s Efforts to Keep Harassment Suit in New Jersey

Defiant even after resigning as the head of Fox News amid multiplying claims of sexual harassment against him, Roger Ailes’ latest court filing sharply criticizes Gretchen Carlson’s efforts to litigate her suit against her former boss in New Jersey.

Ronnie Music Jr.

Luck Runs Out After Lottery Winner Uses Jackpot to Start Meth Business

By R. Robin McDonald |

After Ronnie Music Jr. won $3 million last year in the Georgia Lottery, prosecutors say he decided to use his winnings to invest in an illegal stash of crystal methamphetamine and guns and then market them across the South.

Kathleen Womack, chair of the bar’s Law Practice Management Program advisory committee, gives opening remarks.

‘Take Charge’ Solo and Small Firm Institute

The state bar’s Law Practice Management Program held its Solo and Small Firm Institute at the State Bar of Georgia headquarters on July 15 and 16.

President Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Jr. Granted Release

By Karen Sloan |

John Hinckley Jr., who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is free to leave the psychiatric hospital in Washington where he’s been committed since the trial, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Bill Clinton Recalls Budding Love at Yale Law

By Karen Sloan |

The roots of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s nearly 40-year political dynasty dates back to a class they took together at Yale Law School in 1971. So said Bill Clinton during a speech Tuesday at the Democratic Convention.

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.

Dunaway, Edwards Win Fulton County Superior Court Races

By Greg Land |

Election results in two races for seats on the Fulton County Superior Court.

Cobb County Courthouse

Morgan Tops Hill for Cobb State Court Seat

By Greg Land |

Results of the runoff elections for the Cobb State Court race.

New Judges Elected in Southern, Northern Circuits

By Greg Land |

Judicial election resuts from around the state.

Mack, Rooks Win Seats on Clayton County Superior Court Bench

By Greg Land |

Results of two runoff elections for the Clayton County Superior Court.

Judge John Goger

Fulton Business Court Expands, Gwinnett Signs On

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Superior Court's Business Court is expanding into a regional program aimed at allowing other courts in the metro area to offer the same complex litigation-centered services, with Gwinnett County being the first to climb aboard.

John Chandler, left, and Elizabeth Tanis.

Lawyers Sue VA Over Bogged-Down Appeals Process for Vets

By Meredith Hobbs |

Two King & Spalding lawyers in Atlanta are leading an unusual and ambitious pro bono suit to try and force the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs to speed up decisions on veterans' disability claims.

John Stivarius

$33M Legal Malpractice Suit Against Womble Carlyle Ends 'Amicably,' Lawyer Says

By Greg Land |

A legal malpractice suit seeking $33 million in damages from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and four of its lawyers over what the plaintiffs claimed was the mishandled sale of a Kennesaw company has apparently settled, with all claims dismissed with prejudice.

James Robson, at left, and Robert Glass.

After Nixing Multiple Settlement Offers, Insurer Is Hit With $850K Verdict

By Greg Land |

The lawyers for a woman who was injured in a car wreck said they bent over backward to give the defendant driver's insurer a chance to tender her $100,000 policy limits before taking the case to trial, extending the deadline to respond and going so far as to have the plaintiff's surgeon speak to the claims adjuster and confirm that cervical surgery would be necessary.

VW Judge Signs Off on $14B Emissions Settlement

A federal judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to a more than $14 billion settlement in the litigation over Volkwagen AG’s cheating of U.S. environmental regulations.

Yahoo Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Yahoo! Nine Firms Handle Company's Sale to Verizon

At least nine Am Law 100 firms have landed roles on the $4.83 billion sale of Yahoo! Inc.'s core Internet business to Verizon Communications Inc.

Georgetown University Law Center professor David Cole.

ACLU Names Georgetown Law Prof David Cole as New Legal Director

Cole's career move poses recusal issues for his wife, Judge Nina Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

John Moye

Low-Income Tenants Need an Advocate in Eviction Court

By John M. Moye |

John M. Moye of Kilpatrick Townsend explains how he helped a woman fight an eviction order, through his pro bono work with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Eviction Defense Program.

Clinton VP Pick Tim Kaine Earns Cheers for $100M ‘Redlining’ Verdict

Hillary Clinton’s choice for presidential running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, is a Harvard Law grad who cut his teeth as a young lawyer fighting for fair housing issues, winning a $100 million jury verdict against Nationwide Insurance over allegedly discriminatory lending practices.

Will Cybersecurity Costs Force Small Firms to Merge?

Small firms have smaller staffs and smaller budgets, but their cybersecurity risk may not be proportional. One small boutique recently dealt with that problem by merging with a large firm, but industry watchers said there are ways for firms to manage cyberrisk while remaining small.

Stanford Law-Bound Football Player Killed in Crash

A star college football player bound for Stanford Law School this fall was killed Saturday after he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree.

Time for a Change? Lessons for Avoiding Lateral Mistakes

How often do law firm partners end up with buyer’s remorse after jumping to a new firm? As the number of moves continues to climb–reaching a post-financial crisis high of nearly 2,900 moves last year—the regrets seem to be piling up faster too. Recruiters and consultants say lawyers change their minds in about 1 in 20 lateral moves. That doesn’t include partners who arrive at a new firm only to second-guess their decision, and either suffer the consequences or plan yet another move.

Responding to ‘Merger Wave,’ Feds Sue to Block Major Tie-Ups in Health Insurance Industry

The U.S. Department of Justice brought a pair of blockbuster antitrust cases Thursday against proposed multibillion-dollar acquisitions in the health insurance industry, setting up a major litigation clash in Washington as the Obama administration winds down.

Law Students Help Transgender Clients With Name Changes

Kelly Lindstrom was entering a Chicago courthouse July 18 with several of the students she supervises in John Marshall Law School’s pro bono clinic when their client, a transgender women filing paperwork to legally change her name, tensed up.

Elisabeth Murray-Obertein.

Former Ethics Panel Lawyer's Retaliation Suit Ordered to Mediation

By Greg Land |

A lawsuit filed by the former staff attorney for the Georgia ethics commission is headed to mediation.

L-R Kellie Hill and John Morgan

Cash, Endorsements an Issue in Cobb State Court Judge Race

By Greg Land |

The election for the seat of retiring Cobb State Court Judge Irma Glover in the July 26 runoff election may get a big boost in voter turnout because of a hotly contested battle for the office of county commission chairman.

Courtesy of Wikimedia

Two Campus Rape Suits Against Georgia Tech Settle

By R. Robin McDonald |

The University System of Georgia has settled two federal cases with Georgia Institute of Technology students expelled over what they claimed were bogus allegations that they had sexually assaulted fellow students.

J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, Washington, D.C.

Lawyer: FBI asked for financial records related to judge

By The Associated Press |

A lawyer who had been jailed along with his client in an open records dispute says federal investigators asked him for court financial records he had obtained.

Stacey Abrams.

Atlanta Lawyer-Politicos Get Speaking Spots at DNC

By Meredith Hobbs |

A trio of Atlanta lawyers who are well-known in Georgia politics—Stacey Abrams, Kasim Reed and Jason Carter—will get their moment on the national stage at next week’s Democratic National Convention with roles as speakers ahead of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of her party’s nomination for president.

Law Firm, 2 Lawyers Sued for Alleged Forum Shopping

A Midland landman and his companies seek $1 million or more from Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, a current shareholder, and a former shareholder for how they handled lawsuits for them in three Texas counties.

Taylor Swift, left, arriving at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, right, arriving at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Kim Kardashian vs. Taylor Swift: The Legal Implications of the Snapchat Recording

On Sunday, Kim Kardashian West posted a recording of a conversation on Snapchat between her husband Kanye West and Taylor Swift that was allegedly recorded without Swift’s consent — a potential violation of California state law requiring both parties to consent to the recording of communications.

Lawsuit Says Police Violated Man's Rights in Fatal Shooting

By Kate Brumback |

A Georgia mother says in a federal lawsuit that her unarmed son’s civil rights were violated when he was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer.

'You Don't Get Any Breaks': Tales of Pregnant Litigators

The demands of parenthood are intense for all working mothers and fathers, but litigators have the extra pressures of mandatory court appearances despite pregnancy or new-parent responsibilities. As Law.com reported on July 20, a rule under consideration in Florida would require judges to grant motions for continuance for parental leave, barring exceptional circumstances.

Kilpatrick Cybersecurity Study Shows Corporate Data Vulnerabilities

Data breach laws may drive companies away from securing their most important corporate data, says the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Ponemon Institute study.

David Krugler

Georgia Insurer Agrees to Cover $4.9M Judgment Despite Policy Limits

By R. Robin McDonald |

Georgia's largest provider of medical malpractice insurance has agreed to pay a $4.9 million judgment rendered against a metro Atlanta physician and his medical clinic, even though the clinic's insurance policies had a combined $2 million ceiling, according to the medical malpractice lawyer who secured the winning verdict.

Bite Victim Sues Dog's Owners and Kennel That Trained It

By Greg Land |

A man attacked by a German shepherd as he fetched his mail at Alpharetta's upscale Avalon mixed-use development has sued the dog's owners as well as the select Kentucky breeding and training facility that sold the animal.

Fulton County Solicitor Hopefuls Must First Educate Voters About Duties of Office

By Greg Land |

Candidates for Fulton County solicitor are not only seeking votes, but also seeking to educate voters about the arcane responsibilities of the office.

William Ballard.

Veteran Plaintiffs Lawyer Reunites With Protégés and Other ‘On the Move’ News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Veteran plaintiffs lawyer Bill Ballard has joined Harris Penn Lowry as of counsel from Ballard & Feagle.

Gov. Nathan Deal.

Door Opens for Governor to Shape Georgia's High Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

With Georgia Chief Justice Hugh Thompson's impending retirement coinciding with judicial reforms, Gov. Nathan Deal could have a lasting legacy on the state's judiciary.

Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights.

Legal Team Reflects on Path to Supreme Court Win in Georgia Death Penalty Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

Lawyers with Atlanta's Southern Center for Human Rights shared stories Tuesday of their fight for justice in a case where prosecutors intentionally excluded black jurors.

Digital Forensics and 'Cloud 101' Lead Atlanta Program for Solos, Small Firms

By Gabrielle Orum Hernàndez |

Close to 150 solo and small-firm lawyers gathered last week at the State Bar of Georgia for the a symposium by the Solo and Small Firm Institute to discuss practice management and technology strategies. Among the presentations were two on digital forensics and cloud management.

Hon. Herbert E. Phipps

Court of Appeals Judge Phipps to Retire

By Greg Land |

In addition to naming three new Supreme Court justices this year, Governor Nathan Deal will have the opportunity to appoint another judge to the Court of Appeals: Presiding Judge Herbert Phipps will mark his 75th birthday in December, which means that under Georgia law he must step down; Phipps was last reelected to a six-year term in 2012, so the governor will need to appoint a replacement.

Paul Weathington, left, and Gabe Banks of Weathington Smith.

Gang Prosecutor Joins Med-Mal Firm; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

After nine years as a deputy district attorney heading the Gangs and Drugs Unit for the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, J. Gabriel "Gabe" Banks has joined Weathington Smith to take on med-mal defense cases.

The Georgia Institute of Technology campus, a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia,

Georgia Tech Matter is One of 5 Cases That Could Shape Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

After Yale University expelled Jack Montague, a former basketball team captain determined by school officials to have sexually assaulted a female student, his lawyers went out on the offensive.

Should Judges Delay Trials for Pregnant Lawyers?

As his wife went into labor last year, it never occurred to attorney Marc Daffner that the judge might deny his motion for continuance of a preliminary hearing. Daffner even took a humorous approach to the motion, joking that “defense counsel will be killed by his wife if he does not get to the hospital immediately.”

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson

Ga. High Court's 'Gentle Giant' Chief Justice Thompson to Retire

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, who closes hearings with the words "Be safe as you travel home," announced his decision to retire from the high court in January.

In Tight Job Market, New Law Grads Boldly Hang a Shingle

In talking to young lawyers who went into business for themselves during the past few years, Law.com found that some had no choice:

Glen Rollins, at right with siblings Wayne, Nancy and Ellen Rollins, listen to arguments at the Georgia Supreme Court over trusts set up by their grandfather, O. Wayne Rollins.

Family Feud Over Orkin Fortune Headed to Trial

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The fight over $8 billion pest control fortune must be resolved by a jury, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled.

Cynthia Wright, left, and Amy Brooke Saul, right, of Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle.

Georgia's Same-Sex Adoption Is Valid in Alabama, US Supreme Court Says

By Cynthia D. Wright and Amy B. Saul |

Same-sex couples that allowed a partner to legally share parenting rights through second-parent adoptions prior to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized same-sex marriage can now expect all states to honor those adoptions. This assurance comes thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling March 7 that reversed the Alabama Supreme Court's refusal to recognize a second-parent adoption decree granted in Georgia.

Atlanta Attorney, Clint Crosby

Lawyer, Class Action Targeting Closing Firm Title Source Dismissed

By Greg Land |

An attorney who was the sole remaining defendant in a putative class action accusing a mortgage closing firm of violating federal and state law in conducting witness-only real estate closings has been dismissed and the suit dropped after a federal magistrate recommended that she—like the other defendants—be granted summary judgment on the claims.

Deadline Extended for In-House and Law Firm Litigation of the Year Nominations

The Daily Report has extended its deadlline for two annual projects, and nominations may still be made.

Richard T. Winegarden.

Judge Dismisses Controversial Indictment Against Ga. Publisher, Attorney

By R. Robin McDonald |

A visiting judge signed orders dropping felony charges against a north Georgia newspaper publisher and his attorney at a hearing Monday.

Robert Ball, chief legal counsel and corporate secretary at Ionic Security.

When Should Startups Hire GCs?

By Kristen Rasmussen |

When considering whether to hire an in-house lawyer, startups should keep in mind certain benchmarks, expert says.

U.S. Associate Salary Landscape

When Cravath, Swaine & Moore announced in June that it was increasing starting salaries for first-year associates to $180,000, firms around the country began to follow suit, either matching Cravath or increasing associate compensation by a lower amount, impacting markets across the country in unique ways. Not all firms jumped on the bandwagon, however.

Amanda Mercier, left, and Elizabeth Branch, right.

Man Who Filmed Up a Woman’s Skirt in Public Place Can’t Be Convicted of Privacy Invasion

In a split ruling, the Georgia Court of Appeals on Friday reversed an invasion of privacy conviction against a man who took video recordings with a cellphone camera aimed beneath a woman’s skirt while she shopped for groceries.

Angry Politics Be Damned, Big Firms Greet Conventions With Gusto

By By Katelyn Polantz and Susan Beck |

Welcome to the micro-economy that springs up every four years during the national political conventions, where lobbyists and well-connected lawyers become tour guides, travel agents and all-around fixers for the non-Washington bigwigs who descend on the events.

Former GC Gets Six Months in Prison After Corruption Probe

In what the presiding judge described as a "truly tragic case," the former general counsel at a Virginia utilities board was sentenced to six months in federal prison followed by six months of home confinement.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Exercising Attorney-Client Privilege Over In-House Counsel Communications

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Recommendations for law firms and their attorneys to protect attorney-client privilege for communications with in-house counsel.

Al Parnell

Destroyed Evidence a Factor in Asbestos Defense Win

By Greg Land |

Following a two-and-a-half week trial, a Sebring, Florida, jury took about an hour and a half to rule for the defense in an asbestos case involving a man who died of mesothelioma in 2009, more than 40 years after he was purportedly exposed to asbestos in a cement irrigation pipe.

Obama Nominees Caught Between Judicial Dreams, Practice Realities

A plaintiffs lawyer in Honolulu. A civil litigator in Dallas. An attorney defending med-mal cases in Buffalo. They’re among the Barack Obama judicial nominees twisting in the wind as the Senate starts its summer recess and the months tick down to the November election.

11th Circuit Says Florida Prisons Must Offer Kosher Meals

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that the State of Florida cannot deny kosher meals to devout Jewish prisoners.

Three Big Atlanta Firms Score High in Women in Law Ranking

By Meredith Hobbs |

Three Atlanta firms ranked in the top 10 in The National Law Journal's annual Women in Law survey—but Atlanta's big firms were in the middle of the pack for The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard survey of racial diversity.

Richard T. Winegarden.

Judge Sets Hearing Rather Than Dismiss Charges Against Publisher, Lawyer

By R. Robin McDonald |

After sitting for a week on a prosecutor's motion to drop felony charges against a North Georgia publisher and his lawyer stemming from their efforts to obtain county bank records, the judge assigned the case has taken the rare step of setting a hearing instead of granting the request.

Sixth Circuit Reverses Requirement for Feds to Release Mug Shots

A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday restricted access to criminal defendants’ booking photos, finding that public interest in criminal cases must be weighed against individual privacy rights.

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, left, and Justice David Nahmias.

Ga. High Court Tosses Murder Plea on Constitutional Grounds

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Finding that a murder suspect wasn't fully aware of his right against self-incrimination when he pleaded guilty to the crime, the Georgia Supreme Court tossed out his conviction.

L to R: David Cohen and John Butters

Appeals Court Upholds Disqualification of Attorneys in Waffle House CEO Extortion Case

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a Cobb County judge's disqualification of the lawyers representing the housekeeper of Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers, who is locked in litigation with the housekeeper, Mye Brindle, over what he claims were efforts to extort him with a secretly recorded video of the two engaged in a sex act. Brindle and her lawyers are also facing criminal charges in Fulton County over the incident.

Belinda Edwards.

Anonymous Flyer Attacking Candidate Is Slammed by Judicial Diversity Group

By Greg Land |

An organization that works to increase racial diversity on the bench is crying foul after an anonymous flyer landed in mailboxes attacking former Fulton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Belinda Edwards' handling of a case when she was on the bench, and asserting that Edwards was "fired" when the superior court judges declined to reappoint her at the end of 2012.

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Fulton Judicial Candidates Work to Raise Awareness—and Money—as Runoffs Approach

By Greg Land |

With the July 26 runoff elections approaching and early voting already underway, candidates for two pending vacancies on the Fulton County Superior Court are working to spread their messages to a traditionally small group of runoff voters, raising money and spending it as fast as possible.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg, in Apology, Says Her Donald Trump Remarks Were ‘Ill-Advised’

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday said she regretted her recent comments about the candidacy of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and vowed to be “more circumspect” in the future.

Glenda Hatchett, left, and Chris Stewart, right.

Atlanta Lawyers Say They're Seeking Healing for Families of Police Shooting Victims

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Christopher Stewart of Stewart Seay & Felton and Glenda Hatchett of The Hatchett Law Firm are offering each other encouragement as they advise the families of shooting victims Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Jailing of Fannin County Publisher and Lawyer Will Chill Open Records Searches, Attorney Writes

"The Fannin County Superior Court true bill of indictment returned against Fannin Focus Publisher Mark Thomason and his lawyer, Russell Stookey, should never have been in the hands of Appalachian Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee," Michael Webb says in a letter to the editor.

Why Police-Shooting Videos Sizzle on Social Media But Fizzle in Court

By Ben Hancock |

As compelling as the videos are—and as important as they have become in the broader debate about law enforcement and race—they rarely have the same decisive impact in court that they have on the way the public perceives an event.

Vicky Kimbrell

$2.4M in State Grants Will Provide Legal Aid to Domestic Violence Victims

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Judicial Council of Georgia has awarded about $2.43 million in grants to eight Georgia nonprofits to provide civil legal services to domestic violence victims.

Why Police-Shooting Videos Sizzle on Social Media But Fizzle in Court

Viral videos of police shooting victims Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in their final moments have left much of the American public seething, saddened and convinced that deep-rooted racial bias led the officers to fire their weapons.

A Delta baggage carousel at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport.

Class Certified in Sweeping Airline Bag Fee Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

After more than half a decade of antitrust litigation challenging Delta and AirTran's baggage fees, a judge has allowed airline passengers to pursue their claims collectively.

Lawyers Urge Parole Board to Spare Death Row Inmate's Life

By Kate Brumback |

Lawyers for a Georgia inmate scheduled to die this week are asking the state parole board to consider his extremely violent childhood and his transformation over more than three decades on death row.

New York Sues Jail Medical Provider, Claims Inadequate Care

By Frank Eltman |

The state's attorney general claims in a lawsuit that a medical provider has failed to provide proper services to inmates in a suburban New York City jail, where 12 have died in the past five years, including four since March.

Ginsburg Takes Heat for Remarks on Trump

The budding controversy over U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarks about presidential candidate Donald Trump and conservative rulings by the court points up the unique status of justices when it comes to judicial ethics.

'I Could No Longer Live with Myself': Lawyers Reveal Their Struggles with Alcohol

Alcoholism is rampant in the legal profession. One in three lawyers struggles with a drinking problem, and that rate is worse than for physicians and other highly educated workers.