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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'


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 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.”

From left: Brad Czerwonky, Lukasz Dominiak, Andrew Capezzuto, Glianny Fagundo, Michael Diaz, Vanessa Suh and Mike Sullivan, all on the Taylor English team, at Jolly Avenue Community Garden.

2016 ServiceJuris Day Helps Out in Clarkston

The 17th annual ServiceJuris Day service event brought more than 350 members of the legal services industry to Clarkston on Saturday.

Daily Report Seeks 'Attorney of the Year' Nominees

The Daily Report announces a new award and seeks nominees.

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, 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.


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.

Cary Ichter

Oxford Center Founder Sued for Diluting Stock Shares Surrendered to Pay Legal Fees

By Greg Land |

An attorney's efforts to collect $47,000 in legal fees from entrepreneurial coach, business columnist and one-time congressional candidate Cliff Oxford has spawned three lawsuits, and left the lawyer and his firm holding 1,000 shares of a company he claims have been rendered worthless as Oxford dodges efforts to collect.

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.

L. Lin Wood

Atlanta Lawyer Known for Tabloid Settlements Files Libel Suit on Behalf of Dr. Phil

Television psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Phil McGraw may be a bona fide celebrity, but his public figure status does not give tabloids carte blanche to smear him in print in order to sell newspapers, McGraw says in a $250 million lawsuit against the publisher of The National Enquirer and The Star.

James E. Butler Jr.

Atlanta Lawyer Seizes Home-Town Advantage in Chrysler Appeal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

James Butler of Butler, Wooten & Peak told the appeals court he was at last year's trial in Bainbridge. His opponent couldn't say the same.

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.

Joel Ross Feldman

From Zero to Hero: Coke Wins a Trademark Battle

By Joel Feldman | Special to the Daily Report |

Viewpoint: How The Coca-Cola Co. persuaded the U.S. Trademark Office that Zero-branded soft drinks deserve trademark protection.

Ga. Justices Reboot Overdraft Fee Class Action Against SunTrust

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In a case with implications for class actions and customer contracts in Georgia, the state's highest court revived a consumer class action challenging bank overdraft fees.

Atlanta skyline.

NLJ 500 Expansion Adds Seven Atlanta Firms to Ranks of Nation's Largest

By Meredith Hobbs |

Hometown firms continue to dominate Atlanta's attorney head count, but national competitors are gaining ground.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney

Judge Says MLK Bible Belongs to Civil Rights Icon’s Estate

By Kate Brumback | The Associated Press |

The judge in a dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize and traveling Bible has ruled the Bible belongs to the civil rights icon’s estate, which is controlled by two sons who had proposed selling it.

Left to right Angela Cummings and Julie Adams, Ford Harrison

Ford & Harrison Opens Charlotte Office With Littler Hires

By Meredith Hobbs |

Labor and employment firm Ford & Harrison has opened a Charlotte office with two lateral partners, Angela Cummings and Julie Adams, from rival labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson.

Cobb County DA Victor Reynolds.

Cobb Prosecutor and Atlanta Defense Lawyer, Both Ex-Cops, Reflect on Dallas

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker and Greg Land |

Cobb County DA Vic Reynolds and Atlanta criminal defense attorney Dennis Scheib share their perspectives on the fatal shootings of five Dallas police officers.

Kailey Watson with her lawyers, Hunter Hillin, right, and Nelson Tyrone, left.

Settlement Quietly Ends Med-Mal Case That Led to $14M Verdict and ‘Tortured’ Appeals

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A quiet conclusion has come for a case that led to one of 2013’s biggest medical malpractice verdicts in Georgia—and a tangle of appellate litigation.

Emergency responder vehicles sit outside of the emergency room at Baylor University Medical Center, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Dallas.

‘A Bill That’s Come Due’: Lawyers Who Wore Badges Lament Shootings

In the wake of five police officers being shot to death in Dallas Thursday night and two years worth of mounting outrage and social unrest over the deaths of black civilians at the hands of police, attorneys with law enforcement backgrounds expressed dismay and sadness at recent events, lamented it could get worse after the Dallas shootings, and chalked up many of the deaths to a combination of stress, blind spots in training and for some, racial bias.

What Employers Need to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

By David W. Long-Daniels and Mellori E. Lumpkin |

President Barack Obama has signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law, a sweeping new piece of legislation effective immediately that provides federal question jurisdiction over claims involving misappropriation of trade secrets.

James Butler

Chrysler Takes Aim at Georgia Trial Lawyer in $40M Appeal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The company's legal team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher says award was won with inapproprate appeals to the jury's distrust of corporations.

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Obama Water-Rule Opponents Clash with Feds Over Wave of Suits

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court may become the next front for contentious and costly litigation over where challenges to the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule should be fought.

Brian Kemp

Suit Claims Georgia Secretary of State Violated Federal Voting Law by Withholding Records

By Greg Land |

Voting rights group Project Vote has sued Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in an effort to force the release of voter registration records the group says it needs to determine if voters were improperly rejected or purged from voter rolls.

Judge Steve C. Jones

Women's Group to Intervene for Victim in Campus Rape Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has granted the request of an Atlanta women's group to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed by a former student at the Georgia Institute of Technology who was expelled after he was accused of rape.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

Georgia Justices Toss $10M Asbestos Verdict

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An expert witness offered irrelevant and confusing testimony, the unanimous court ruled Tuesday.

Publisher's Arrest Prompts Society for Professional Journalists Complaint

By R. Robin McDonald |

The arrest of publisher Mark Thomason and his attorney led the Society for Professional Journalists to file a formal complaint against Judge Brenda Weaver with the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, which she heads.

Sand castle contest teammates, from left, Lexi Levinson, Marty Levinson, Cami Tilkin and John Farrish (kneeling), with sons Charles, Ben and Matthew.

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

Check out our gallery of photos from recent events for legal professionals.

Brenda S. Weaver

DA Asks to Dismiss Indictment Against Publisher and Attorney

By R. Robin McDonald |

A North Georgia district attorney who had secured the indictment of a newspaper publisher and his attorney in connection with their efforts to obtain bank records of a judge’s county operating account is asking to dismiss the felony charges.

IRS Investigating Facebook Over Ireland Asset Transfer

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking for a court order forcing Facebook Inc. to provide information to the IRS related to its transfer of many of its global assets to its Irish holding company.

When Is a Loss Not a Loss? Georgia Jury Gives Limited Award

By Greg Land |

After a McDuffie County jury awarded only $100,000 to the estate of an elderly woman who died in a nursing home, denying any damages to her children, the defense lawyer was happy.

Atlanta skyline.

Kilpatrick Tops Atlanta's Big Law Pro-Bono Rankings

By Meredith Hobbs |

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton led Atlanta-based firms in The American Lawyer's annual pro bono ranking of the 200 top-grossing U.S. firms, edging out last year's top-ranked Atlanta firm, Alston & Bird.

A demonstrator wearing a

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Civil Rights Claims in Ferguson Protest Arrest

By R. Robin McDonald |

A man has filed a civil rights claim after being arrested in Atlanta while protesting the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

Justice Carol Hunstein

Georgia High Court OKs Ban on Online Sex Talk With Children

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Justice Carol Hunstein, writing for the unanimous court, rejected arguments that the law interferes with constitutionally protected speech.

Fulton Magistrate Court Judge Jaslovelin Lall, Sanjay Lall and Steven Kaminshine, dean of Georgia State University College of Law.

Asian Pacific Bar Group Holds Gala, Rainmakers Forum

The Georgia Asian Pacific Bar Association held its third annual gala and Rainmakers’ Forum on May 12.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Mike Cranford, Bar President Writes

The life of longtime Macon lawyer J. Michael "Mike" Cranford is recalled by state bar president Patrick T. O'Connor.

Cale Conley

Broken Promise to Pay Legal Fees Adds $500K to Forfeited Earnest Money

By Greg Land |

A Forsyth County jury has ordered a would-be developer on the losing end of a $1.2 million verdict involving a failed real estate deal to pay more than $500,000 in attorney fees, including those that were awarded during the first trial and more from the lawsuit seeking to collect them

Brenda S. Weaver

Media Groups Challenge Legality of Charges Against Publisher and Lawyer

The indictment of a North Georgia journalist and his lawyer on felony charges stemming from the issuance of a civil subpoena and a public records request for bank records associated with a local judge’s government operating fund is drawing sharp criticism from First Amendment lawyers and media organizations.

Erin Hewitt.

Burr & Forman Snags New Partner; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Erin Hewitt has joined Burr & Forman's real estate and corporate and tax practices as a partner from Thompson Hine. She handles real estate, capital markets and corporate transactions.

Alan Begner

KKK Wins Highway Sign Case on Technicality

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court denied the state's appeal on procedural grounds, punting on the larger constitutional questions.

David Christopherson, GC, Floor & Décor, Smyrna, Ga.

An Effective Generalist: Floor & Décor GC Gained Experience Through Broad Corporate Practice

By Mary Smith Judd |

For much of Floor & Décor General Counsel David Christopherson’s career, each professional step has been a lucky accident, preparing him for his next challenge, even before he knew what that challenge would be.

David Christopherson, GC, Floor & Décor, Smyrna, Ga.

Q&A with Christopherson

By Mary Smith Judd |

Floor & Decor General Counsel David Christopherson discusses the role of outside counsel in filling companies' legal needs.

Abraham Lincoln in 1863

Blowing the Whistle on the 'Lincoln Law'

By Michael J. Moore |

With recent legislative efforts to expand whistleblower rights and protections, many businesses have been thrust into the unfamiliar territory accompanying whistleblower reports, complaints and lawsuits. Because knowledge is essential in handling claims of this nature, an understanding and familiarity of the False Claims Act is vital for all in-house counsel. This overview of the False Claims Act highlights important information concerning these types of cases for in-house counsel.

Someone filling out Incident Investigation Summary.

How to Value Compliance Programs, Internal Investigations

By Joe D. Whitley and David Stewart |

Despite the best efforts of skilled and efficient in-house counsel, the legal department is often seen first by corporate management as a "cost center." In some situations, in-house counsel can truly create tangible value for a business.

Alison Prout

To Guard Against Fraud, Companies Get Proactive

By Kristen Rasmussen |

From prevention to detection to knowing when to get outside counsel involved, in-house lawyers increasingly play a role in mitigating fraud and corruption caused by economic crime within their company.

Tips on Avoiding False Claims Act Investigations, Litigation

By Amanda Farahany and Julie Bracker |

If a company wants to avoid the stress, time and expense of dealing with a government investigation and potential litigation, the right response to employees concerned with workplace integrity is critical.

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

Corporate Legal Departments Can Prevent, Mitigate Internal Fraud

By Larry D. Thompson and Michael A. Sullivan |

Corporate leaders can often prevent or mitigate that damage by implementing first-class ethics and compliance programs, responding appropriately to reports of fraud through internal investigations, taking meaningful action to root out problems when they arise and independently “monitoring” to ensure the fraud ends there. These actions best position companies to deal with federal and state investigations and allow companies to move forward with integrity.

Familiar Firms Dominated Supreme Court Arguments Last Term

Law firms that argued the most cases before the U.S. Supreme Court last term had to grapple with the uncertainties of an eight-member court and the tie votes that resulted.

Troutman, Kilpatrick and Sutherland Raise Associate Pay

By Meredith Hobbs |

Three of Atlanta's biggest firms just made the holiday weekend even better for their associates. Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and Troutman Sanders announced Friday that they're raising starting salary in Atlanta to $155,000 and bumping it to $180,000 in New York and other major markets.

Judge Stephen Dillard

Georgia Court of Appeals Reverses $7.1M Verdict Against Title Insurer Over One Key Date

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed a $7.1 million breach of contract judgment against an insurance company in a dispute over whether a decades-old oil spill ruined plans for a residential real estate development.

Taking Steps to Maintain Client Confidences

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Attorneys learn client confidences as part of the attorney-client relationship. Attorneys who fail to safeguard such information do so at their own peril, as the consequences for the improper disclosure of confidential information can be severe.

U.S. Department of Justice.

Feds Say No Determination Yet on 'Persuader Rule' Appeal

The U.S. Justice Department is weighing whether to appeal a Texas judge’s decision this week to put a nationwide freeze on the Labor Department’s “persuader” rule, a regulation designed to give workers more information about discussions between employers and the lawyers who help them resist union-organizing campaigns.

ALJ Blasts Quarry in Workers' Comp Award

By Greg Land |

In an unusually critical order for a workers' compensation case, an administrative law judge blasted a granite quarry's handling of the case of a worker who was left with a debilitating lung disease after years of working as a welder and mechanic.

The Turtles performing

Florida High Court Must Hear Why the Turtles and Satellite Radio Are Not 'Happy Together'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Florida Supreme Court must decide whether two musicians from the Turtles can proceed with their lawsuit against SiriusXM Radio over the right to broadcast the 1960s rock band's hits such as "Happy Together" and "Elenore."

Law Schools' Veterans Groups Join Forces for Job Placement Push

As an Army engineer tasked with clearing bombs from key roads, Kevin Kirby oversaw 33 fellow service members and millions of dollars of equipment during his first 11-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2009.

Text Message About Johnny Football Benches Local Counsel

If lawyers are going to make a mistake and send a text message to a reporter with attorney-client privileged information, the scenario may play out better for them in disciplinary terms when the client is as famous as ex-pro football player Johnny "Football" Manziel.

Lack of Women Arbitrators Stems from 'Institutional Bias,' Says JAMS Leader

Why aren’t there more women arbitrators? Chris Poole, chief executive officer of JAMS, the dispute resolution company, says it’s primarily because of stereotyping in the legal profession.

Underground Atlanta.

Settlement Ends Suit Over Fatal Brawl at Underground's Latino Fest

By Greg Land |

The children of a man who died after a gang-related brawl at Underground Atlanta during the 2010 Festival Peachtree Latino have settled their claims with the attraction's management and a now-defunct security company.

Turkish Human Rights Suit Against Muslim Cleric Tossed

A federal judge has thrown out a human rights lawsuit against Fethullah Gülen, an exiled Turkish cleric and head of a multibillion-dollar network of businesses and nongovernmental organizations.

Andrea Farley.

Atlanta Firm Leaders Compete in Hackathon to Advance Women in Law

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta leaders from Troutman Sanders, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan joined partners from 54 firms nationally to compete in the first-ever lawyer hackathon seeking solutions to a persistent problem in Big Law: the lack of advancement of women up the ranks.

From left: Kelvin Brooks, Taiye Lambo, Bob Skiba and Bettina Gardner.

American Transaction Processors Coalition Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary at Reception

The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) observed its second anniversary with a reception hosted recently by Holland & Knight in Atlanta.

The Practitioner: Why Verrilli 'Dialed Up' His Voice as Solicitor General

Donald Verrilli Jr., soft-spoken by nature, came to the job of U.S. solicitor general in 2011 believing that “bombastic rhetoric” during oral argument would not help him win cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Appeals Court Raps Judge Who Tossed Suit on Basis of Newspaper Article

Newspapers want their stories to make an impact, but a federal appeals court said that a Chicago judge relied far too much on news articles to justify tossing an inmate’s lawsuit claiming excessive force by police.

Nebraska and Oklahoma, Locked Out of High Court, Forge New Path in Fighting Colorado’s Marijuana Law

Nebraska and Oklahoma, undeterred by rejection in the U.S. Supreme Court, are pinning their push to topple Colorado’s marijuana law on their intervention in lawsuits in a federal appellate court.

Five Things to Know About Litigating—And Settling—With Donald Trump

Sitting in a room at The Trump Organization headquarters in New York, Donald Trump was captured on camera as he waited for a deposition to begin on Nov. 5, 2013. He straightened his jacket, fiddled with his hands and glanced around the room.

Amy Odom

Dentons to Launch 50-State Lobbying Network

By Meredith Hobbs |

While expandinig its global reach, Dentons has also been looking for local partners in all 50 states as part of a countrywide lobbying network.

Tri State Crematory, 2002.

Operator of Crematory Where Hundreds of Corpses Were Recovered Released From Prison

By R. Robin McDonald |

The owner of a northwest Georgia crematory who pleaded guilty 12 years ago to nearly 800 criminal charges linked to his failure to cremate 339 corpses was released from state prison today after serving his entire sentence without a parole hearing for crimes in which no one was injured, either physically or financially, and nobody died.

Supreme Court Takes Up Patent Case With Worldwide Implications

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide next term whether supplying a single component of a multiple-component invention from the United States can expose a manufacturer to worldwide patent infringement liability under a theory of induced infringement.

Ed Carnes

11th Circuit Judges Say Allstate Can Recover $663K Paid for False Claims

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for an insurance company to take back more than $663,000 it paid on what turned out to be false medical bills.

Elena Parent

Lawyer-Legislator Elena Parent Joins Holcomb + Ward; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Georgia state Sen. Elena Parent has joined two former Sutherland Asbill & Brennan colleagues, M. Scott Holcomb and Bryan Ward, as counsel at Holcomb + Ward, which they just launched in May.

Charlie Deal.

From the Classroom to the Courtroom

By Charlie Deal |

A law student describes her first case: helping a survivor of domestic violence to get a protective order.

Updated: Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Restrictions in Texas

Over the angry dissent of conservative justices, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-3 in favor of abortion rights, striking down restrictions imposed by Texas on clinics that the majority said posed an “undue burden” on a woman’s access to abortion.

Conservative ALEC Demands Progressive SMART ALEC 'Cease and Desist'

By Greg Land |

The conservative policy group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, says that a new organization centered on affordable housing, dubbed SMART ALEC, is threatening ALEC's trademark and other intellectual property.

Supreme Court's McDonnell Decision Gives Boost to White-Collar Defense Lawyers

White-collar defense lawyers cheered the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday reversing the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, saying that the ruling gives them new leverage in their dealings with prosecutors.

Domestic Violence, Gun Control Groups Welcome High Court Ruling

By R. Robin McDonald |

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday affirming a 20-year-old law barring anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a firearm is “hugely significant” because it will protect thousands upon thousands of domestic-violence victims, an expert on domestic violence said.

(L-R) Wayne Curtis presents Tommy Malone a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award with Tommy's grandson Rosser Malone, at the 2016 Professional Excellence and On the Rise Event.

An Evening of Life Stories and Heartfelt Salutes at Daily Report Gala [VIDEO AND SLIDESHOW]

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Trial lawyer Tommy Malone took the stage to a standing ovation in a packed ballroom Thursday evening at the Daily Report's Professional Excellence awards event and bluntly delivered the news that he is dying.

Judge Steve C. Jones

Attorney's Request to Shield Rape Victim Led to Sealed Records


State attorneys in Georgia who convinced a federal judge to seal the entire record in a lawsuit against officials at one of Georgia’s premier universities said they did so to protect the woman identified as a victim in a suit brought by a student who was accused of the rape and then expelled.

Robert Buck. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Savannah Jury Awards $2M in Mesothelioma Case

By Greg Land |

A Chatham County jury delivered a post-apportioned award of more than $2 million to the wife and estate of a man who died from asbestos-related cancer after decades of working in an Alabama paper pulp mill.

Kenneth F. Ripple, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Circuit Revives Suit by Family of Prisoner Murdered by Cellmate

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A unanimous Eleventh Circuit panel ruled that prison officials who knew the cellmate was mentally ill and violent are not immune from action.

Sam Olens

Olens Elected to Leadership Position in National Group

Georgia's attorney general has been elected to a leadership post in a national organization for attorneys general.

Judge and Murder Defendant Exchange Vulgarities in Open Court

By R. Robin McDonald |

A North Georgia murder defendant’s request to replace his public defender degenerated into a profanity-laced shouting match with the presiding judge, replete with sexual insults, according to a transcript of the June 17 hearing.

Top Atlanta Firms Hang Back on Associate Pay Raises

By Meredith Hobbs |

After King & Spalding announced a $20,000 pay hike last week for Atlanta associates, Alston & Bird quickly matched—but the rest of Atlanta's big firms are in no hurry to follow.

Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building, Atlanta Georgia..Rebecca Breyer/freelance photographer

Condemned Inmate Mentally Incompetent for Execution, Lawyers Tell 11th Circuit

By Kate Brumback |

The U.S. Supreme Court has said death row prisoners must have "rational understanding" that they are about to be executed and why, but lawyers for a condemned Alabama inmate say stroke-induced dementia has left their client unable to pass that test.

Dax E. Lopez

Specialty Bar Groups Weigh In on Trump's Attack on Judge

By Greg Land |

Comments by presidential candidate Donald Trump accusing a federal judge of Mexican descent of bias—which he extended to a Hispanic lawyers association in San Diego that has the judge as a member—have raised concerns among some lawyers and judges that they may be targeted because of membership in a specialty bar group or organization.

Judge Tosses Russian Bank's Suit Seeking $30M from Former Tycoon

By Greg Land |

A California judge dismissed a Russian bank's bid to enforce a $30 million judgment against the former co-owner of a chain of Russian stores selling toys and children's clothing, who is now living under political asylum in the United States.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

How Much Justice Breyer Earns Off Book Sales

By Tony Mauro |

The 2015 financial disclosure forms of all eight current U.S. Supreme Court justices were released Wednesday, revealing a treasure trove of information about their stock holdings, gifts and outside incomes.

As Big Firms Up Associate Pay, Regional Firms See an Opening

Amid a wave of salary increases for associates at big law firms, midsize and regional firms are eyeing the development as a way to reinforce their long-touted message: We're in tune with the economic realities facing clients and do high-quality work for less money.

Key Georgia Agencies Not Immune in Slave Descendant Lawsuit

By Russ Bynum |

A federal judge ruled that key Georgia agencies are not immune from a lawsuit that claims one of the last Gullah-Geechee communities of slave descendants on the Southeast coast is being eroded by discrimination and neglect.

Amelia Island sunrise.

More Scenes From the State Bar's Annual Meeting

The State Bar of Georgia's annual meeting was held over the weekend at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida. These photographs are from Friday and Saturday nights. (Photos from the first two days of the event ran in the Daily Report on Monday.)

States Get Failing Grades for Judicial Diversity

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A report released Wednesday by the American Constitution Society confirmed what anyone who has set foot in a courtroom may have noticed: judges are mostly white men, while the people appearing before them are much more diverse.

Timothy C. Batten Sr.

Airlines Battle to Stop Class Action Over Passenger Bag Fees

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two national airlines are fighting to persuade a federal judge in Atlanta to stop ongoing antitrust litigation over baggage fees from proceeding as a class action on behalf of an estimated 28 million passengers.

Judge Timothy Batten

Airlines Battle to Stop Class Action Over Passenger Bag Fees

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two national airlines are fighting to persuade a federal judge in Atlanta to stop ongoing antitrust litigation over baggage fees from proceeding as a class action on behalf of an estimated 28 million passengers.

Letter Writer: I Was Raised To Be 'Politically Correct'

The term shouldn't be perjorative, he writes.

Beau Howard, at left, and Gary Freed.

Freed Howard Launches; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Gary Freed has returned to running his own shop. He has just launched Freed Howard with F. Beau Howard, a senior associate at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

Judge Jill Pryor

11th Circuit Dismisses Administrative Law Judge Challenge to SEC

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Eleventh Circuit is the latest to tell individuals facing the SEC's in-house proceedings that they must wait to raise constitutional claims.

Leah Ward Sears

Once-Common Words Can Now Be Offensive

By Leah Ward Sears | Special to the Daily Report |

Certain words not only can shock and offend, but also carry the power to engender prejudice and divisiveness when spoken. Leah Ward Sears lists some common words and phrases she's recently heard lawyers use that everyone should be wary of using.

Doug Hallward-Driemeier.

Eleventh Circuit Seems Skeptical of Florida Gun Rights Law

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The lawyer defending the state's ban on doctor office conversations about gun safety endured tough questioning on Tuesday from the en banc court.

ABA Gives Top Rating to Supreme Court Nominee Garland

By Tony Mauro |

A committee of the American Bar Association on Tuesday ranked U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as "well qualified" for the high court — its highest rating for judicial nominees.

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

Beware the Department of Labor's 'Persuader Rule'

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

A proposed regulation long feared by attorneys has now become a reality. Five years after it was first proposed, the Department of Labor has issued its final rule, reinterpreting the advice exception of the "persuader rule" in a way that would force attorneys to reveal their clients' confidential information, putting their ethical obligations at issue.

King & Spalding headquarters in Midtown Atlanta.

King & Spalding, Alston Raise Associate Pay

By Meredith Hobbs |

Associate salary hikes have made their way to Atlanta with the city's two largest firms increasing compensation for its associates.

DA Who Secured Judge's Controversial Indictment Is Arrested

By R. Robin McDonald |

A North Georgia district attorney who last year secured—and then dropped— a controversial indictment of a retired DeKalb County judge has been arrested on a felony charge of violating the state's political campaign laws.

L to R: David Cohen and John Butters

Lawyers Indicted in Waffle House 'Sextortion' Case

By Greg Land |

A Georgia grand jury has indicted the former housekeeper for Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers and two of her lawyers on charges stemming from their involvement in secretly video recording a sexual encounter between Rogers and the housekeeper.

Patrick T. O’Connor

Georgia State Bar Sets Task Force for Watchdog Agency Talks

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The new leadership team for the State Bar of Georgia wrapped up the final minutes of the bar's annual meeting on Saturday by fielding questions from members about the bar's approach to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which is set to be dismantled and re-created.

ALM logo.

ALM, Daily Report Parent Company, Announces Senior Editorial Promotions

ALM, the parent company of the Daily Report, has announced several promotions to its senior editorial leadership team as part of a company-wide integration of talent.

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia Supreme Court Disbars Two Attorneys

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued the following discipline decisions.

Brazil’s Pre-Olympics Emergency Declaration Raises Legal Questions

A Brazilian state governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and request for federal money to meet obligations in hosting the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is being questioned on constitutional grounds and may lead to lawsuits, attorneys say.

Jay Sadd

Nationwide Insurance Hit With $8M Bad Faith Judgment

By Greg Land |

After a jury determined late last year that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. acted negligently and in bad faith in denying a claim for the death of an auto accident victim, a federal judge has ordered the insurer to pay more than $8.1 million in damages.

Judge Steve C. Jones

Judge Retroactively Seals Public Filings in Georgia Tech Rape Allegations Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has retroactively sealed all filings in an ongoing lawsuit against officials at the Georgia Institute of Technology brought by a student who was expelled after he was accused of rape.

Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat, U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Orlando Shooting Casts Shadow on 11th Circuit 'Docs v. Glocks' Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Hoping to reverse their losing streak, a coalition of doctors and gun safety advocates head back to the appeals court Tuesday.

Joe Habachy (left), winner of the 2016 Legal Food Frenzy's Attorney General's Cup, accepts the award from Jack Long (center) and AG Sam Olens.

Scenes From the State Bar of Georgia's Annual Meeting

The State Bar of Georgia held its annual meeting over the weekend at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia, Florida. Photos are from events occuring Thursday and early Friday.


Fired Fulton Manager Loses Bid to Regain Finance Post

By Greg Land |

Judge says "at will" rules covered interim county manager's firing.

Doug Towns, GC of Guardian Pharmacy

Boldness Pays Off for Guardian's New GC


Working in-house sounded fulfilling to Doug Towns. So he approached a longtime client, Guardian Pharmacy, and proposed that they hire him as the company's first GC.

Alabama Justice Files Lawsuit Over Speech Restrictions

By Kim Chandler |

A bench ally of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging what he called the state's unconstitutional restrictions on judges' speech.

Mike Mears

To Plow a Straight Row, Keep Your Eyes on Your Goals

By Michael Mears |

As an associate professor of law, one of my many tasks each year is to find ways to keep our students from losing sight of their goals. Every semester, however, I see students lose sight of their goal of becoming a lawyer.

Thomas Worthy.

As Judicial Ethics Agency Huddles in Secret, Georgia Bar Lobbyists Say They Will Challenge Its Lack of Transparency

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Leaders of the State Bar of Georgia's lobbying team said Thursday that next year they will push state legislators to raise the curtain on parts of meetings of the state's judicial ethics watchdog agency, the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

Drew Findling.

Unlikely Attorney Finds Rhythm Repping Rappers

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Sitting in a suit and tie with an American flag folk art display behind him, Atlanta attorney Drew Findling doesn’t look like he’d be a go-to adviser for rap musicians and hip-hop reality television stars in trouble with the law.

Judge Robert McBurney

Fulton County Judge Declines to Rule in Dispute Over MLK Bible, Nobel

An ownership dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize and traveling Bible is one step closer to trial.

Patrick T. O’Connor

Incoming Georgia Bar President Says He'll Forge Ahead With Predecessor's Strategic Plan

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Patrick O’Connor, a partner at Savannah’s Oliver Maner, is set to be sworn in as president of the State Bar of Georgia at Saturday's board of governors meeting in Amelia Island, Florida. He said in an interview he plans to use his upcoming year as president to take steps to realize the priorities set forth in the strategic plan pushed forward by outgoing president Bob Kauffman.

Supreme Court Tweaks Rules for Attorney Fees in Copyright Cases

By Scott Graham |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday recalibrated the law of copyright fee shifting, telling the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that it was placing too much weight on the objective reasonableness of parties’ litigation positions.

Mary E. Staley

Trial of Dad in Toddler’s SUV Death Is Moved to Brunswick

The trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die will be held in the coastal city of Brunswick following a judge's acknowledgement of potential jurors' knowledge of the case in metro Atlanta.