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Fujifilm Wins $10M Verdict in Kickback Case

By Greg Land |

Verdict includes $8.7 million in punitive damages in 11-year-old case

Rebeca E. Salmon

Lawyers Say 'Rocket Dockets' Risk Due Process

By Meredith hobbs |

Immigration attorneys say fast-tracking means many juveniles are unrepresented

Cobb jury acquits student who shot man in home

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Cobb County jury acquitted a graduate student charged in the shooting of a man he said was an intruder in his apartment.

Victor Reynolds

Hot Car Case Update: Cobb DA has Received Some Evidence from Police

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said his office has received some—but not all—of the evidence from the police in the case of Justin Ross Harris, the father being held without bond in the death of his toddler in a hot car on June 18.

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.

McDonnells Had 'Corrupt Understanding,' Prosecutor Says in Closing Argument

Prosecutors urged jurors on Friday to focus on two questions at the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen: Why did a businessman give the couple more than $165,000 in gifts and loans, and why did the McDonnells accept?

Macon Man Gets Life Sentence in Death of Girlfriend

A Macon man has been sentenced to life in prison in the killing of his former girlfriend.

Phyllis Holmen, executive director of Georgia Legal Services Program

Marking 40 years of free legal aid

By Phyllis Holmen | Special to the Daily Report |

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Legal Services, the largest federally chartered entity that provides funding to 134 nonprofit law firms throughout the nation that provide legal services in civil cases.

Family sues East Point police after death in custody

The family of a man who died after Atlanta-area police used stun guns on him has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former officers and the city, the family's lawyer said.

Nathan E. Hardwick IV

Hardwick Denies Embezzling from Firm

By Meredith Hobbs |

Nathan Hardwick IV denied Wednesday that he embezzled $30 million from his residential real estate law firm, Morris Hardwick Schneider, and its affiliated title company, Landcastle Title.

Nathan E. Hardwick IV

Morris Hardwick Schneider Accuses Founder of Embezzling $30 Million

By Meredith Hobbs |

Residential real estate firm Morris Hardwick Schneider alleges that founder Nathan Hardwick IV embezzled more than $30 million from the firm and its affiliated title company, LandCastle Title.

Matthew Simpson found both parents and students eager for Cristo Rey Atlanta to open.

Why I ... Volunteer at Cristo Rey

By Matthew R. Simpson |

It was about a year ago when I learned that the Jesuits—a religious order of the Catholic Church—would be opening their first school in Atlanta in August 2014.

Stacey Carroll says the expert affidavit statute's purpose of weeding out frivolous lawsuits is not served by dismissing a case related to a back surgery that his client says left him disabled.

Expert Affidavits at Issue in Appeal

By Alyson M. Palmer |

GA. Supreme Court to consider whether malpractice plaintiff can fix problem with required affidavit by turning to a new expert

A Corporate Lawyer Finds a Need for Her Skills in Pro Bono Work

By Mona Maerz |

I started volunteering for Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta ( many years ago as a corporate lawyer in a large firm.

JNC Nominates Three Pataula Judicial Canidates

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

On the short list of recommended candidates to fill an empty seat on the Pataula Judicial Circuit Superior Court bench are a judge, a prosecutor and a solo practitioner.

Fulton County Courthouse

'All Clear' Announced on Suspicious Package Scare

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department has announced that suspicious package alert that closed streets around the Fulton County Courthouse is over.

The street in front of the Charles Carnes building was blocked.

Suspicious Package Closes Pryor Street at Fulton Courthouse

By Greg Land |

A suspicious package in front of the Fulton County Courthouse has shut down Pryor Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Mitchell Street as authorities investigate.

Gerald Weber

Plaintiffs Sue DeKalb County, Recorders Court Over Open Records

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Plaintiffs who blame DeKalb County Recorders Court for wrongful arrrests filed a new complaint Monday alleging the county and the court violated state sunshine laws. They are seeking $167,000 in penalties.

Robert T. Thompson Jr.

State High Court Suspends Law License of Robert T. Thompson Jr.

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state's high court has suspended the law license of Buckhead attorney Robert T. Thompson Jr..

Laurie Webb Daniel also argued for Six Flags that the verdict should be set aside because it was improperly apportioned.

Six Flags Loses Bid to Toss $35M Verdict in 2007 Attack on Teen

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Judge rejects argument that park wasn't liable because gang attack on teen occurred off its property

Alabama News Organizations Call on Embattled Judge to Resign

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Two major Alabama news organizations have called on an Alabama federal judge arrested in Atlanta earlier this month to resign.

Promenade II Building

Smith Gambrell Sues Landlord Over Proposed Signs on Building

By Greg Land |

Law firm says proposed signs for accounting firm atop the Promenade violate city ordinance and its lease agreement

Meet 40 Rising Stars and a Luminary

By Mary Smith Judd |

It was bound to happen. Our annual On the Rise issue is now a family affair. The 2014 class includes the spouse of one past pick and a sibling of another.

Shannon Phillips, Phil McCune, Ralph Palumbo, and Polly McNeil (left to right) of Summit Law Group, in Seattle, Wash.

Overhauling the Law Firm Model: Think Big, Act Small

By Susan Hansen |

Back in 1997, when Polly McNeill decided to quit Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe to help launch Summit Law Group, it didn't seem like the smartest bet.

Midtown Atlanta

Smith Gambrell Sues Landlord over Promenade Signs

By Greg Land |

Smith, Gambrell & Russell has sued the owner of the midtown high-rise housing its firm, The Promenade, and management company Cousins Properties

Stephen B. Bright

Southern Center: Judge Will Halt Appointment of Cordele Public Defender

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A Fulton County Superior Court judge is expected to issue a temporary restraining order that halts the state public defender system from appointing a circuit public defender in Cordele.

Gripes About Federal Bench: Banal to Bizarre

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Peek into 11th Circuit misconduct file shows many complaints, no discipline

Sally Q. Yates

Boyer Plea Part of Larger DeKalb Probe

By R. Robin McDonald |
Ashoo Sharma

On the Move: Harry Norman Realtors And Affiliate Get a GC

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ashoo Sharma has become the new general counsel for residential real estate brokerages Harry Norman Realtors and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties.

Benjamin Baker

Ford Settles Before New Trial Forced by Ga. High Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Automaker's failure to disclose insurance coverage led to retrial order

Allan Kamensky served as an outside counsel to Synovus before becoming its GC.

Meet the GC: Allan Kamensky of Synovus Financial Corp.

By Mary Welch |

Allan Kamensky joined Georgia regional bank Synovus Financial Corp. as general counsel from Columbus-based Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford.

University of Georgia School of Law

UGA Student Clinic Can’t Overcome Sentencing Error by Judge

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A law student appellate clinic at the University of Georgia has lost an appeal for a defendant seeking post-habeas review of his sentence despite prosecutors' acknowledgement that the sentencing judge erred in giving the defendant two back-to-back terms of supervised release.

Alston Chief Takes the Plunge

Richard Hays, the managing partner of Alston & Bird, experiences the effect gravity has on cold water Monday, outside the firm’s offices at One Atlantic Center.

Chad Pugatch

11th Circuit Says This Prominent Attorney And Judge Acted Improperly, Reverses Bankruptcy Sale

By Julie Kay |

In an unusual ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a four-year-old bankruptcy sale, finding both U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond Ray and prominent Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy attorney Chad Pugatch acted improperly.

Hall County Juvenile Court Judge to Retire

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Hall County Superior Court judges are looking to fill an upcoming vacancy on the county's Juvenile Court bench.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Feds Charge Ex-DeKalb Commissioner

By R. Robin McDonald |

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta have filed criminal charges against longtime DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who resigned Monday from the seat she has held since 1992.

Holly LaBerge

Judge Weighs Sanctions Against AG's Office, Others

By Greg Land |

Glanville is concerned that memo about alleged threats by governor's office wasn't produced

Herbert Shafer

Outspoken Lawyer Herbert Shafer Dies at 93

By R. Robin McDonald |

'I adore the Constitution,' he once said. 'Anyone who defies it is ipso facto my enemy'

Stephen B. Bright

Southern Center Takes Aim at Cordele Public Defender Appointment

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The Southern Center for Human Rights is asking a judge to halt the state public defender system's hiring of a lead defender in Cordele, calling the process a sham.

Applications to Georgia Law Schools Fall from 2013

By Meredith Hobbs |

Decline for four schools is less than the 8.2% national average; Mercer reports 18.1% drop

Why Law Firms Are Juicy Pickings for Hackers, And What to Do About it

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

No one expects to have his identity stolen, but it happens every minute of every day. Attorneys and law firms never expect to get hacked either, but the data confirms that it occurs with alarming frequency.

Jennifer Davis, Patrise Perkins-Hooker and Lynn Roberson.

After Hours: Gate City Bar and GABWA Judicial Reception

The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Gate City Bar Association held their annual Judicial Reception on Aug. 19.

National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

Federal Judge Expresses Concern Over NLRB Stance

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Calling out the National Labor Relations Board as moving toward "serving as the litigation arm of the union" rather than enforcing federal labor law, a federal judge granted the NLRB's broad subpoenas of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, but stayed their implementation so that UPMC can seek appellate review.

King Downing, a New York-based attorney who traveled to Ferguson, Mo., this week, hands out an educational pamphlet outside the St. Louis County Justice Center.

Bracing for Ferguson Lawsuits

By Zoe Tillman |

After monitoring protests, lawyers expect litigation.

Friends Recall Judge James Cline for Humor and Barbecue Sauce

By Greg Land |

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

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

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

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

Lake Allatoona

Allatoona Gun Ban by Army Corps of Engineers is Upheld

By R. Robin McDonald |

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

Lawyers Playing Key Roles Amid Unrest in Ferguson

By Zoe Tillman |

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

AVLF Film-Screening Addresses Middle-Class Struggles With Poverty

By Meredith Hobbs |

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

Fulton County Courthouse

Criminal 'Charges' Removed from Lawyers' Records

By Greg Land |

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

GBI: Ocmulgee Circuit Judge James Cline Committed Suicide

By Greg Land |

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

Judy Selby, Baker & Hostetler

Judy Selby Doesn't Assume Anything

By Monica Bay |

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


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

By Marcia Coyle |

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

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry, State Agency Defend Their Fort McPherson Deal

By R. Robin McDonald |

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

Dax E. Lopez

Sutherland Ordered to Pay $175K in Sanctions

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

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

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

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

Jeff Amason

Monday Hearing Set for Libertarian Barred from Ballot

By Greg Land |

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

Letter to the Editor: America Will Be Stronger After Ferguson

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

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

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

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

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

By Mary Helen Martin |

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

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

By Greg Land |

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

Going Rate 2014

How Does Your Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Database

Find out what Georgia lawyers and firms located here charge. Plus, our annual Going Rate special issue coverage explores the art—and science—behind crafting the perfect hourly rate.

Arthur Hellman

Arrest Shines Light on Federal Judicial Discipline

By Alyson M. Palmer |

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

Jeffrey Brickman

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

By Alyson M. Palmer |

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

J. William Bass Sr.

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

By R. Robin McDonald |

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

Fulton County Courthouse

Final Claims in Big Home Loan Fraud Suit are Settled

By Greg Land |

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

Jeff Brickman

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

By Alyson M. Palmer |

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

Woody Vaughn

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

By Meredith Hobbs |

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

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

Of Counsel Arrangements: The Basics

By Jonathan E. Hawkins |

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

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

After Hours: The Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators Expo

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

Lawyer Disbarred for Accepting 243 Pounds of Marijuana

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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

Simon Bloom

On the Move: Real Estate Lawyer Chairs State Development Agency

By Meredith Hobbs |

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

Atlanta Occupy Lawyers To Observe Protests in Ferguson

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

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

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

Defending a Law: Is There a Choice?

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

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

US District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.

Judge Sanctions Dialysis Clinic Firm for Spoiling Discovery

By R. Robin McDonald |

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

Paulding Judge Retires Early to End JQC Inquiry

By R. Robin McDonald |

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

Harvey Weitz

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

By Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker |

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

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

Meet the GC: Doug Sandberg of Worldpay US Inc.

By Mary Welch |

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

Paul Monnin

White-Collar Lawyer Jumps to Paul Hastings from DLA Piper

By Meredith Hobbs |

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

Lance Cooper

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

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

Judge Gail S. Tusan

Chief Judge Threatens Fulton Officials with Jail Over Unpaid Expenses

By Greg Land |

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

Drug Court Defendants Go from Jail Jumpsuit to Fashion Runway

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

Attorneys fear bogging down in big federal MDL.

By Amanda Bronstad |

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

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

Strategies for Success on Both Sides of the TRO Fence

By Tarek Abdel-Aleem and Yussuf Abdel-Aleem |

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

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

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

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

T.I., MTV Settle Suit over Televised Corpse

By Greg Land |

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

Lance J. LoRusso

Now a Lawyer, Former Police Officer Assesses Ferguson Case

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

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

Rising Stars 2014: Kimberly R. Bourroughs | 31

By Greg Land |

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

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier

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

By Alyson M. Palmer |

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

Chris Baugher

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

By Meredith Hobbs |

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

DA Howard Z. Simms

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

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

J. Ralph Beaird

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

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

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

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

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

Coming Soon: 40 Rising Stars and a Luminary

By Mary Smith Judd | |

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

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

Kredible Turns Lawyers Into Self-Marketers on LinkedIn

By Meredith Hobbs |

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

Judge Sara Doyle wrote the court’s main opinion.

Judges Fracture on Emotional Distress Issue

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

Task Force for the homeless building, Atlanta Ga.

Homeless Shelter Asks Judge to Reconsider Order on Rent

By Greg Land |

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

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

Get Your Motor Running: Carter Allen and Motorcycles

By Mary Helen Martin |

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

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

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