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Terry D. Jackson

DeKalb Jury Awards $8.3M Verdict in Fatal Pickup-Dump Truck Wreck

By Greg Land |

The parents of a young man killed in a collision with a dump truck almost 10 years ago were awarded nearly $8.3 million by a DeKalb County jury, including almost $475,000 in attorney fees.

Lewis Horne Jr.

Fulton Development Authority Approves Extra-Territorial Financing for I-285/Ga.-400 Overhaul

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Development Authority of Fulton County paved the way last week for a tax-exempt bond offering up to $700 million to help pay for the massive reconstruction of the Interstate 285 and Georgia 400 interchange—which the Georgia Department of Transportation has called the largest in its history. In an unusual twist, a Wisconsin government agency is proposing to issue the bonds.

Whistle-Blower Lawsuit Settled in US Navy Kickbacks Case

A couple from Georgia who filed a lawsuit that blew the whistle on wrongdoing by a longtime U.S. Navy employee and Navy contractors has agreed to settle for $90,000, and a federal judge in Rhode Island has dismissed the long-running case.

Dax E. Lopez

As a Latino Republican, Federal Judge Nominee Has Bipartisan Connections

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two years ago at a panel discussion on diversity at the University of Georgia, DeKalb State Court Judge Dax Lopez—whom the White House nominated July 30 to the federal bench—talked bluntly of his surprise when he heard judges from some of the state's rural circuits be dismissive of minorities and immigrants.

Larry Thompson

Thompson Is Among Ex-Prosecutors Who Back Georgia Death Row Inmate

By R. Robin McDonald |

Eight veteran prosecutors, among them former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to "recognize, and refuse to condone, the blatant illegality of the prosecutorial misconduct" that led to a Georgia death row inmate's sentence.

Jake Evans

Did Court Provide Clarity or Confusion on Spoliation?

By Jake Evans | Special to the Daily Report |
Stacey Godfrey Evans

Big Dialysis Settlement Prompts $500K Gift to UGA Law

By Meredith Hobbs |

Plaintiffs lawyer and state representative Stacey Godfrey Evans has given her alma mater, the University of Georgia School of Law, $500,000 to fund a scholarship for law students who are first-generation college graduates.

Jeff Harris

Document in Chrysler Rollover Settlement May Affect Other Cases

By Greg Land |

A plaintiffs lawyer in a deal resolving a $12 million claim concerning the rollover of a Dodge Durango said a key document unearthed just weeks before a trial was to begin could spur more settlements.

Ramon A. Abadin

Reciprocity is a Firestorm for the Florida Bar and Why Some are Calling for Ray Abadin's Removal

By Julie Kay |

Some Florida lawyers are irate over a proposal to allow out-of-state attorneys to practice in the state without taking the bar exam.

Professor Lisa McElroy of Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, outside the U.S. Supreme Court. February 27, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

ABA To Debate Attorney Mental Health Disclosure

By Karen Sloan |

The debate over how much bar applicants should be required to reveal about their mental health will take center stage next week, when the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates weighs a resolution urging attorney licensing bodies to eliminate questions about a candidate’s mental health history during the character-and-fitness review process.

Marlan Wilbanks

Suit Claims DeKalb Recorders Court Was Run Illegally to Bolster County Finances

By R. Robin McDonald |

Saying that courts are intended to "dispense justice, not profits," attorneys for four people whose traffic citations were adjudicated in DeKalb County Recorders Court are suing the county, claiming that the now-defunct court did not have the legal authority to handle cases involving state laws.

James Leipold.

Job Placements Up For Smaller Class of Law School Grads

By Karen Sloan |

The law school class of 2014 enjoyed slightly better success on the entry-level job market than its did predecessor, according to employment figures released on Thursday by NALP, the National Association for Law Placement.

Our 2011 Profile of Federal Judge Nominee

Editor's note: For our 2011 "On the Rise" issue, recognizing up-and-coming lawyers under age 40, Meredith Hobbs wrote this profile of Dax Lopez, then a recently appointed DeKalb County State Court judge. On Thursday, he was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Dax E. Lopez

DeKalb's Dax Lopez Tapped for Federal Judgeship

By R. Robin McDonald |

The White House has nominated DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax Lopez, a Republican, to fill the final open slot on the federal bench in the Northern District of Georgia.

David Adams

New Credit Cards Cash In on the Chips

By David Adams |

The subject is chips. Not potato chips or poker chips. Microchips.

Top Georgia Verdicts 2014

Find out what a case is worth. Top Georgia Verdicts 2014 explores cases covered by the Daily Report and affiliate publication VerdictSearch. Plus, top 15 case summaries, the top million dollar verdicts and rankings by category.

Georiga Supreme Court justice Robert Benham

Big Apportionment Decision Is No Longer Unanimous

By Alyson Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court's recent decision holding that a jury could assign at least some fault for an auto accident to the plaintiff's employer—which would reduce the defendant's exposure—is no longer a 7-0 win for the defendant.

Judge Bensonetta T. Lane

Markle In, Downs Out and Lane to Helm Fulton's Family Court Division

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County Superior Court's Family Division has a new judge and a newly appointed chief judge.

Angela Spivey

McGuireWoods Taps Angela Spivey as Its Atlanta Leader

By Meredith Hobbs |

McGuireWoods has named Angela Spivey its new Atlanta managing partner. Spivey, a food and beverage lawyer, succeeds Hil Jordan as the firm's local leader on Aug. 1. Jordan has headed the Atlanta office since 2012.

Group Plans for Civil Legal War on Sex Trafficking

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Buckhead trial lawyer who wants to attack sex trafficking through civil litigation said his phone hasn't stopped ringing since he announced his plan late last year.

Rows of Jeep Grand Cherokees are lined up outside the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

Plaintiffs Lawyers Plan Their Moves After Fiat Chrysler Fine

By Amanda Bronstad |

The $105 million fine against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for its handling of 23 safety recalls may bolster existing lawsuits against the company, but it’s unlikely to spur the kind of massive legal onslaught that accompanied General Motors Co.’s ignition-switch issues, say lawyers.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, right, who both work for Dentons now, spoke with Kay Cole James, center, of the Gloucester Institute Wednesday morning about the future of Medicare and Medicaid.

Gingrich, Howard Dean Appear Unified in First Joint Appearance for Dentons

By Katelyn Polantz |

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House, and Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, made their first public appearance as Dentons colleagues Wednesday on a panel discussion at the firm offices on K Street. They spoke almost entirely in agreement about the future of Medicaid and Medicare.

Tracy Graham Lawson

Clayton's Graham-Lawson Named District Attorney of the Year

By Greg Land |

The District Attorneys' Association of Georgia has recognized Clayton County DA Tracy Graham-Lawson with its District Attorney of the Year Award.

Neil Wasser

Constangy Keeps Growing, Adds Minneapolis Office

By Meredith Hobbs |

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete has opened a Minneapolis office.

Smith's Olde Bar

Landlord Seeks Ouster of Smith's Olde Bar

By Greg Land |

New owners of the property housing Smith's Olde Bar on Piedmont Avenue at Monroe Drive have filed court papers to evict the two-story establishment that for more than 20 years has been offering live music and refreshment.

Darrell W. Jordan Jr.

Few Lawyers Volunteer to Serve on DA's Panel Investigating Sandra Bland's Death

By Miriam Rozen |

Instead of appointing the volunteer panel of lawyers, the Waller County DA should have asked a chief administrative judge for the district courts to appoint a prosecutor pro tem, said Dick DeGuerin.

Robert Glass

Jury Awards $82K for Car Collision; Defense Offered $18K to Settle

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A man who suffered neck pain from a collision with almost no damage to either vehicle won an $82,000 verdict for a case his lawyer said the insurance company offered $18,000 to settle.

Gerald B. Tjoflat

A Year Later, Two Eleventh Circuit Judges Remain Worlds Apart on Doctors and Guns

By Alyson Palmer |

After giving themselves another year to examine doctors' challenges to a Florida law that limits their freedom to discuss firearms with their patients, two judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit remain a world apart.

Go Set A Wathman, book cover

Atticus Finch Revelations Have Lawyers Reeling

By Suzanne Monyak |

A week after Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" was released, lawyers are still coming to terms with the fall of their beloved idol, Atticus Finch, the heroic lawyer of the book's predecessor, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Gregory Peck

Before We Get to the Sequel, Let's Discuss Atticus Finch's Mistake at the End of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' [OPINION]

By Jonathan Ringel |

Atticus Finch is going to have a bad week. Two million copies of Harper Lee's sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird" are set for release Tuesday, and early reviews already have revealed that in the new novel, Atticus—whose wisdom, decency and smarts in "Mockingbird" inspired many to join the legal profession over the past 55 years—is depicted as a racist.

<b>TARNISHED:</b> Gregory Peck played Atticus Finch in the movie version of the first book.

Atticus' Teachable Moment

By Karen Sloan |

Atticus Finch — unimpeachable lawyer and civil rights champion, or unapologetic racist? Readers have struggled to reconcile these two versions of fiction's most iconic attorney since the July 14 publication of Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman," set some 20 years after the events of "To Kill A Mockingbird."

<b>'WATCHMAN':</b> Harper Lee's novel on sale in Washington.

Law Professors React to The 'Shocking' News About Atticus Finch

'WATCHMAN': Harper Lee's novel on sale in Washington. "It answers a question that has been troubling to a lot of readers, which was: 'Why is this guy so perfect?'" said Thane Rosenbaum of NYU.

Larry Thompson

Former Deputy US AG and Pepsico GC Goes to Finch McCranie

By Meredith Hobbs |

After retiring for the second time as PepsiCo's general counsel, Larry Thompson has joined Atlanta firm Finch McCranie. Thompson spent his career in Atlanta until becoming U.S. deputy attorney general in 2001.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is awarded a Doctor of Laws honorary degree at the 263rd commencement of Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., on June 1, 2010.  The hood is presented by Douglas W. Clark, the University's Chief Marshal for University Convocations.

Professor Says Ivy League Stiffs Conservative Justices

By Marcia Coyle |

Are the nation's Ivy League schools giving short shrift to conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices when they confer honorary degrees? A survey by one law professor suggests the answer is yes, and that the reason is ideology. Of the 14 honorary degrees bestowed by Ivy League institutions to living justices, 12 went to those on the high court's left side, said conservative legal scholar John McGinnis of Northwestern University School of Law. The two exceptions, from Brown and Yale, went to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate conservative, he said.

State Says Annotated Official Code Is Copyrighted

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state of Georgia—which for seven years has fought to allow its university system to distribute authors' copyrighted works to students without paying royalties—is suing a California organization for publishing Georgia's annotated code of state laws online for free in what the state contends is copyright infringement.

Brian Olasov

Real Estate Finance Guru Joins Carlton Fields From McKenna/Dentons

By Meredith Hobbs |

Brian Olasov is a numbers guy who's spent the last 25 years working at a law firm. An expert in real estate finance, Olasov occupies a unique niche.

Mark F. Dehler

New JQC Director Resigns as Special Master in Ralston Ethics Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

The new director of the state judicial watchdog agency has decided to step down from his role adjudicating a bar ethics complaint against Georgia's speaker of the House of Representatives.

Judge Robert Castellani

Former DeKalb Judge to Preside Over House Speaker's Bar Discipline Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia has appointed a former DeKalb County Superior Court judge to preside over a pending bar ethics complaint against Georgia's Speaker of the House.

Sacked! Indictment Puts End to $2.7M Scheme Claiming NFL, Online Gaming Ties

By Celia Ampel |

Eight South Floridians are charged with securities fraud after allegedly taking millions of dollars from elderly people who thought they were investing in legitimate sports and gambling firms.

Anti-death penalty activists hold a four day liquid-only fast and vigil to mark the anniversaries of the 1972 Furman and 1976 Gregg Supreme Court decisions involving the death penalty. The vigil, organized by the Abolitionist Action Committee, coincided with court's last public session of the current term when the opinion in Glossip v. Gross was expected to be announced. June 29, 2015.

Citing Breyer's Dissent, Okla. Inmates Want Death Case Reheard

By Tony Mauro |

After absorbing defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court lethal-injection case Glossip v. Gross in June, lawyers for three Oklahoma death row inmates decided to take advantage of what they saw as the decision’s silver lining. That bright spot was Justice Stephen Breyer’s unusual dissent that declared the time had come for the court to take a full re-examination of capital punishment, rather than a piecemeal approach.

Judge Kevin Chason

Judge Slashes Jeep Verdict From $150M to $40M

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A judge has cut a jury's award against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles from $150 million to $40 million in a Bainbridge case over a child killed by an exploding Jeep gas tank after a rear-end collision.

Still 2-1 Against Doctors, Appeals Court Issues New Opinions in Challenge to Florida Gun Talk Law

By Alyson Palmer |

A year and three days after upholding a Florida law that limits doctors' ability to talk to their patients about firearms, the Atlanta-based federal appeals court has issued a revised decision that does not change the result.

Judge William M. Ray

Feeling Out the Law: Panel Says Jurors May Touch Plaintiff's Hands to Test Temperature

By Alyson Palmer |

With little case law to guide it, a panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that a Fulton County judge did not err when she allowed jurors to hold the hands of a medical malpractice plaintiff to test claims about their temperature.

Ashley Gowder

Jury Rejects $2.5 Million Claim in Train-Truck Collision Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A locomotive engineer's testimony contradicting that of his conductor helped persuade a federal jury in Albany to reject the conductor's $2.5 million personal injury claim stemming from the train's collision with a tractor-trailer rig, a defense lawyer says.

Georgia Supreme Court

Lawyer Disbarred After Abandoning Clients

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued a discipline decision regarding the following lawyer: Tanya Yvette Brockington, disbarred

Crime and Employment: Hiring a Worker With a Record

By Rebekah Mintzer |

During the hiring process, human resources professionals and in-house lawyers have to make difficult decisions when job applicants have criminal backgrounds.

Linley Jones

Client of Late Lawyer Charles Mathis Is Awarded $165K

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County judge has ordered the estate of deceased attorney Charles Mathis Jr. to pay a former client $165,000 that the client had allowed Mathis to hold onto for a purported investment that never materialized.

Top 15 Case Summaries

Explore the details of the top 15 verdicts, including claims, courts, judges and each side’s lawyers.

Mind the Gap: Hot Market for Midlevel Real Estate Associates

By Meredith Hobbs |

While many associates still face sluggish demand for their services, midlevel real-estate associates have become a hot commodity—and there aren't many out there.

Atlanta Legal Group Launches Social Media Effort for Black Women's Equal Pay Day

By Meredith Hobbs |

The legal nonprofit Atlanta Women for Equality has launched a social media effort for Black Women's Equal Pay Day on Tuesday to highlight the finding that black women working full time make only 64 cents for every dollar that white men earn.

L-R Brian Craig, Rachel Deloach ( Paralegal) and Blair Craig.

Jury Awards $2.5M to Handyman Injured in Three-Vehicle Wreck

By Greg Land |

A DeKalb County jury awarded $2.5 million to a man who was injured when his pickup was one of two vehicles struck by a 13-ton truck in a Walton County wreck.

Leo Frank.

Lawyers, Judges and a Rabbi to Remember Leo Frank at 1915 Lynching Site

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Marietta rabbi is planning to lead a gathering of lawyers and judges to mark the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Leo Frank on the ground where it happened.

Learning From Other Firms' Mistakes

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

The latest data are out regarding the frequency and severity of legal malpractice claims submitted to insurers last year, and the news is generally good.

Investigators stand outside a movie theatre where a man shot and killed filmgoers Thursday night in Lafayette, Louisiana July 24, 2015. John Russell Houser, an Alabama drifter, opened fire inside the crowded movie theater, killing two women, police said, in the latest act of random gun violence to shock the United States.

Columbus Judge Recalls Louisiana Movie Theater Shooter

By Suzanne Monyak |

Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters, the former mayor of the city of Columbus, recalled the accused Louisiana movie theater shooter as a man who wanted to follow in his father's footsteps as an elected official but whose dreams did not pan out.

John Amabile

Bill Cosby and the Court Reporter: A Cautionary Tale [AT ISSUE]

By John C. Amabile |

I first remember being aware of Bill Cosby as the voice of Fat Albert, a cartoon which often tried to hide a lesson in part of my Saturday morning television. It never occurred to me, then or now, that America's favorite TV dad would provide an important lesson in my professional life. Unwittingly, however, he has done just that.

Daily Report 2015 Georgia Legal Departments of the Year Contest

The Legal and Litigation Department of the Year contest recognizes Georgia's top in-house departments in distinct categories. To qualify, the departments must be led by lawyers in the state of Georgia. The deadline for submission is August 24.

Brookhaven city sign

State AG Raps Brookhaven Over Open Records

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Georgia attorney general's office says the city of Brookhaven violated the state's open records law by improperly withholding correspondence between two city officials from local news media outlets.

Ga. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens

Insurance Commissioner: MagMutual's Nondisclosure Pacts Are Illegal

By Greg Land |

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has declared that MagMutual, one of the largest medical malpractice insurers in the Southeast, is violating the state's Unfair Trade Practices Act by insisting that policyholders never discuss their coverage terms, even with licensed insurance consultants.

L-R: Retired Judge J.D. Smith with son Brian R. Smith

Former Judge J.D. Smith Goes Into Practice With Son

By Alyson Palmer |

Former Georgia Court of Appeals Chief Judge J.D. Smith is going into practice with his son.

Manufacturer Settles Discrimination Case With Savannah Worker

By R. Robin McDonald |

A New Jersey building materials manufacturer has agreed to pay $62,500 to settle claims that the company illegally fired a disabled worker at its Savannah plant, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Atlanta announced Thursday.

Scott Wandstrat

To Save Money Later, Take Steps Now to Prepare for E-Discovery

By Scott A. Wandstrat |

A common refrain amongst e-discovery lawyers is that your first significant e-discovery matter will be the most expensive.

New Foreclosure Climate Brings Law Firm Casualties

By Lizzy McLellan and David Gialanella |

Nearly eight years after the subprime mortgage crisis violently shook the U.S. economy, law firms representing lenders and servicers in foreclosure actions are continuing to feel aftershocks that are sometimes fatal.

L-R Richard W. Hendrix and Steven R. Wisebram

Jury Awards $11M in Med-Mal Trial, but Only $1.6M Against Remaining Defendants

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A jury in the North Georgia mountain town of Clarkesville returned a nearly $11 million medical malpractice verdict Tuesday for a woman who suffered damage to her internal organs after a gallbladder surgery went wrong, but only $1.6 million of the award went against the remaining defendants in the case, two nurse anesthetists.

L-R: Edward Buckley and Andrew Beal

Friends Since Childhood Form Buckley Beal

By Meredith Hobbs |

After 50 years of friendship, Ed Buckley III and Drew Beal have become law partners.

Former Emory Staffer Sentenced for Embezzling Student Funds

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has sentenced a former Emory University employee to serve 18 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 in student tuition payments, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced Thursday.

Judge John Mather

Judge Vacates $165K Award to Ex-Client of Deceased Lawyer Charles Mathis

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County judge has vacated his June decision awarding $165,000 to a former client of deceased attorney Charles Mathis Jr., acknowledging that he should have scheduled a hearing on the matter before issuing his summary judgment order.

Millard Farmer

Bar Dismisses Ethics Case Against Millard Farmer

By R. Robin McDonald |

The State Bar of Georgia has dismissed an ethics complaint lodged against Millard Farmer by the ex-husband of a woman he represents in a custody case.

Emory University School of Law.

$1 Million Gift for Religious-Freedom Project at Emory Law

By Karen Sloan |

An anonymous donor has given $1 million to Emory University School of Law.

Poll Finds Support for Supreme Court Term Limits, Camera Access

By Tony Mauro |

Public support for life tenure for U.S. Supreme Court justices is decreasing, while the notion of allowing cameras in the court is more popular than ever, according to a new poll sponsored by C-SPAN that was released Tuesday.

Brandon Hornsby

Panel: State University Whistleblower Doesn't Need AG's Approval to Bring Suit

By Alyson Palmer |

A three-year-old law doesn't require a public employee to get the state attorney general's permission to bring a suit claiming his superiors retaliated against him for complaining about fraudulent use of state monies, a divided Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled.

Monroe Freedman Was Right About Atticus Finch–and Harper Lee

By Richard Zitrin |

On February 3, the world learned that Harper Lee’s second book would be published this year. This news must certainly have piqued the curiosity of noted law professor and ethicist Monroe Freedman, who had long been interested in the character of Atticus Finch, and had written extensively and controversially about him.

Rick White

With Comeback in Securitized Mortgages, Structured Finance Lawyer Returns to Bryan Cave

By Meredith Hobbs |

Rick White, who advises lenders on mortgage lending and securitization, said his move to Bryan Cave from Busch White Norton last week was prompted by the upsurge in CMBS or commercial mortgage-backed securities work.

John Barrow

Attorney and Former Congressman Returns to UGA to Teach

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Attorney and former U.S. Rep. John Barrow will return to his alma mater, the University of Georgia, this fall to teach.

Ken Shigley of Atlanta is a past president of the State Bar of Georgia, a certified civil trial attorney of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, lead author of

Former State Bar President to Chair American Association of Justice's Largest Section

By Suzanne Monyak |

Ken Shigley, former president of the State Bar of Georgia, has been elected chair of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section of the American Association for Justice, the largest section of the national nonprofit plaintiff lawyers' organization.

Rendering of the building in NCR building deal.

King & Spalding Advised Cousins on New NCR Office Tower

By Meredith Hobbs |

King & Spalding represented Cousins Properties Inc. on its deal with NCR Corp. to build a 22-story office tower in Midtown that will be NCR's world headquarters.

Nicole C. Leet

Plaintiff's Reduced Pain Meds Are Key to Defense Win in Slip-and-Fall Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A plaintiff suing the Decatur gas station where he slipped on ice lost at trial after the defense lawyer pointed out that the plaintiff reduced how much pain medication he was taking after the accident. "It was really just a credibility determination," said QuikTrip's attorney, Nicole Leet, above.

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

Ex-Deputy Indicted Over Information That Led to Stun Grenade Injury of Child

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal grand jury in Atlanta has indicted a former Habersham County deputy sheriff for providing false information for a search warrant that resulted in disfiguring injuries to an 18-month-old child known as "Baby Bou Bou."

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr.

Fulton DA Paul Howard to Chair Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

By Greg Land |

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, a national organization headquartered in Washington that provides training and technical expertise to elected and appointed prosecutors across the country.

L-R Victor Valmus and Amanda Moulthrop perform at Justice Jam 2014.

Cobb Justice Jam Back for Encore at Marietta's Strand Theater

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The second annual lawyer band Justice Jam to support Legal Aid of Cobb County will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Earl Smith Strand Theater on the Marietta Square.

Marietta Woman Sues Red Cross for Botched Blood Draw

By Suzanne Monyak |

A Marietta woman and her family have filed a medical malpractice suit against the American Red Cross, claiming one of its employees improperly drew blood from the woman during a donation that resulted in neurological injuries.

Ernest Greer

Greenberg Taps Atlanta Leader Ernest Greer for Firmwide Management Role

By Meredith Hobbs |

Greenberg Traurig's Atlanta managing shareholder, Ernest Greer, is adding co-president of the firm to his management roles. Greer, 48, who is a litigator, rises from being a vice president of the 1,800-lawyer firm.

Charles A. Mathis

Friends Object to Article on Charles Mathis [LETTER]

With the death of Charles Mathis on April 29, 2011, the legal community lost one of its more prominent trial lawyers, the black community lost one of its more influential attorneys, and the people of Georgia lost a great advocate for justice.

Law Firm Combinations Will Continue, But There’s a Ceiling, Consultants Say

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are merging at the highest rate since the Great Recession, but consultants say there are checks within the legal industry that will prevent consolidation on the scale of other professional service industries.

.Law Domain Soon Available for Lawyers as ALM Becomes Early Adopter

By Ed Silverstein |

Lawyers will soon be able to get “.law” domain names as a way to be distinctive and grow their brand.

Court Rejects Privacy Claim Over Pocket-Dialed Call

By Zoe Tillman |

A cellphone user who unknowingly places a call doesn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy in conversations exposed to the person on the other end of the line, a federal appeals court said on Tuesday.

David Ralston

Speaker's Discipline Case Could Turn on Review of Trust Accounts

By Alyson Palmer |

An apparent sticking point in resolving a bar complaint against the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives raises an interesting ethical question, says one observer: How to verify Speaker David Ralston's claims on the use of his client trust account without violating his clients' confidences.

Elizabeth B. Davis

Brownfields Redevelopment Is Keeping New Barnes & Thornburg Enviromental Partner Busy

By Meredith Hobbs |

Brownfield redevelopment is hot, particularly in the Southeast, where states have regulations that make it viable to remediate and redevelop polluted land, said environmental lawyer Beth Davis, who joined Barnes & Thornburg from Thompson Hine as a partner at the beginning of the month.

Jury Awards $400K in Popeyes Slip and Fall

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury awarded nearly $400,000 to a woman who was injured when she slipped on a wet floor mat at a Popeyes restaurant, turning aside defense claims that all of her injuries could not be blamed on the mishap.

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

Malicious Prosecution Claims Filed Against Rape Accuser

By Greg Land |

J. Michael Robison, an Atlanta businessman and former chairman of the city's tourism bureau who was acquitted of rape charges by a Massachusetts jury in May, has sued the woman who accused him of the crime for malicious prosecution and defamation.

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Boeing Workers Fired for Dressing in KKK Garb Lose Appeal

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit filed by two white men and one Native American man who were fired by Boeing after dressing like Ku Klux Klan members at work has been upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Stereos Get Six Major Automakers Sued for Patent Infringement

By John Council |

"They just took his magic little box, and they put it into their system,'' said Alfred Fabricant, who represents Blitzsafe Texas in a patent infringement suit filed against six major foreign automakers in the Eastern District over a device that integrates music players into car stereos.

E-Discovery a ‘Stain’ on the Legal System

By Erin E. Harrison |

Logikcull CEO Andy Wilson says it's time to end e-discovery in the form it exists today.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell

Georgia Justices Side With Plaintiffs Over Med-Mal Expert Qualifications

By Alyson Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that trial judges should be given flexibility in determining whether an expert is qualified to testify in a medical malpractice case.

Judge Gary Andrews

Appeals Court Ruling Upends $550K Jury Award to 'Unfaithful' Lawyer

By Greg Land |

A Georgia Court of Appeals decision has upended a jury's award of more than $550,000 to a Texas lawyer who sued his former firm, Atlanta-based Helms & Greene, for bonuses from when he headed the firm's Dallas office—before abruptly taking most of the office's lawyers and cases to his new firm.

Has Law School Enrollment Hit Rock Bottom?

By Karen Sloan |

Legal educators are cautiously optimistic that the 2015-16 academic year will mark the low point for law school enrollment, and that the number of applicants next year will start to recover from a five-year slide.

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L to R: Dorothy Hubbard Cornwell and Howell Hollis III

No Signed Contract Is No Problem for Law Firm to Collect $835K From Client [VIDEO]

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury awarded a law firm more than $835,000 in attorney fees and interest after finding that the firm's former client had agreed to pay a contingency fee on a nearly $4.2 million settlement—even though no signed fee agreement could be found and the client insisted he had never agreed to a contingency fee at all.

Jay Sadd

Bummed About Another Working Weekend, Lawyer Re-evaluates His Perspective

By Jay Sadd |

On a recent Friday I left the office feeling sorry for myself. Poor me. Unable to settle a case set for trial on Monday, I would be stuck all weekend assiduously preparing for battle.

Judge Shawn Bratton

Life Experience and a Recurring Thought Led a Lawyer to Become a Judge

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Gwinnett County State Court Judge Shawn Bratton's best clue to his future career could be the thought that kept coming into his mind as a trial lawyer.

Mark F. Dehler

JQC and New Director Dismiss Conflict Concerns With Ralston Bar Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

The chairman of the Judicial Qualifications Commission and its newly hired director on Friday rejected concerns that the director's ongoing role in a bar discipline case against the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives creates a potential conflict of interest for him and for the judicial disciplinary agency he will head.