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President Donald Trump.

Trump's Bid to Axe Public Service Loan Forgiveness Would Sever Lifeline, Opponents Say

By Karen Sloan |

A decade-old program that forgives the federal student loan debt of those who work in public service jobs for 10 years would be eliminated under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

Carl Takei, with ACLU's National Prison Project.

ACLU Sues Over Hunger Strikes at U.S. Immigration Detention Centers

By R. Robin McDonald |

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking detailed information about hunger strikes by detainees incarcerated at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers.

Atlanta Police.

Federal Jury Awards Nothing Despite Finding Man Was Harmed by Wrongful Arrest

By Greg Land |

A jury said a man arrested for child molestation, who was awarded $472,000 for his constitutional claims against a police officer, deserved nothing for the 16 days he spent in jail.

Counsel for Fox News Seeks Sanctions Against Ex-Show Host's Lawyer

Fox News fired back on Wednesday against the latest lawsuit brought by former show host Andrea Tantaros, filing a motion for sanctions that seeks money, a dismissal of the case and a disciplinary referral for Judd Burstein, Tantaros’ Manhattan-based lawyer.

Sara Doyle, chief judge, Georgia Court of Appeals

College Student Beats Board of Regents in Slip and Fall Appeal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A former Georgia Perimeter College student has beaten the Georgia Board of Regents and the attorney general on a liability ruling over a slip-and-fall lawsuit.

Travis Meyer, Waldon, Adelman, Hiestand and Prout, Atlanta.

Associates' String of Trial Successes Kicks Off May for Waldon Adelman

By Greg Land |

Johnathan Adelman said he's not exactly sure why the first couple of weeks in May were so busy for his cadre of lawyers at insurance defense firm Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout. "Maybe following spring break and before summer vacation, everybody wants to go to trial" and clear their calendar, Adelman said.

COA Judge M. Yvette Miller.

Insurance Companies Lose Another UM Case in Court of Appeals

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

For the second time in the past week, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled against an insurance company over uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Trump Turns to Kasowitz, Rejecting DC Legal Vets

By David Bario |

In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign's alleged contacts with Russia.

Maggie Vath, president, Atlanta Bar Association

Vath Takes Over as Atlanta Bar Leader, Stresses Service at Annual Meeting

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta Bar Association president Jim Blitch passed the gavel to Maggie Vath on Tuesday at the group's annual meeting and awards luncheon at the Piedmont Driving Club.

E. Kendrick Smith, Jones Day, Atlanta

Counties, Businesses and the News Media Square Off in Hospital Public Records Fight

By R. Robin McDonald |

When Georgia's attorney general weighed in this week with a "neutral" brief in the public records fight now before the Supreme Court of Georgia, he joined 11 organizations that have squared off with competing briefs warning of wide-reaching consequences regardless of which way the high court might rule.

Five Atlanta Firms in Am Law 200 Beat the Average in Revenue Gains

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Am Law 200 rankings are out—and five Atlanta-based firms are again among the country's Second Hundred highest-grossing law firms.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr

Carr to High Court: Remand Private Hospital's Public Records Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

In a case of first impression, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr asked the court to remand a case involving whether a private hospital conducted duties entrusted to it by a public agency.

LaGrange, Georgia.

LaGrange City Attorney Ready to Litigate Civil Rights Complaint

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The city of LaGrange is preparing to fight a civil rights lawsuit alleging discriminatory practices that deprive the homes of African-Americans and Latinos of basic utility services.

How Much Do Clients Care About Law Firm Layoffs?

By Miriam Rozen |

"A smart firm would be reaching out to their clients and getting ahead of the story," said one former GC.

Noah Pines

Sheriff Arrested for Indecency Seeks to Stop the Governor's Investigation

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The attorney for a sheriff arrested for public indecency in Atlanta's Piedmont Park has filed an emergency measure seeking to block the governor from investigating the incident and taking disciplinary action.

L-R Amir Naim and Monica Modi Khant, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.

GAIN Adds Asylum Lawyer Amid Immigration Fears—and Other "On the Move" News

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network has hired a new staff attorney and traded borrowed space at King & Spalding for its own digs at Peachtree Center.

Judge Stephen Dillard.

A Nutty Case: Despite Pretrial Program, Double Jeopardy Argument Fails

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A surprising tidbit in a Georgia Court of Appeals decision on a double jeopardy appeal is the price of a trailer load of pecans: $28,240. That's what Royce Palmer and Brandon Ellerbee got for the nuts they stole from a South Georgia farm in October 2013, according to an opinion Judge Stephen Dillard wrote, with support from Judges Billy Ray and Tripp Self. But commodity pricing is only an aside for the May 18 opinion, which addresses when double jeopardy applies and when it doesn't.

Fred Gleaton.

Jury Rejects Claim That Red Dye Caused Woman's Allergy Attack

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury has declined to hold a doctor and hospital liable after an elderly woman claimed she was rendered dangerously ill after a severe allergic reaction to the Red Dye No. 40 in an iron supplement she was prescribed.

U.S. Supreme Court building

Supreme Court Limits Venue Shopping in Patent Litigation

By Tony Mauro |

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for an 8-0 court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, said “a domestic corporation ‘resides’ only in its state of incorporation for purposes of the patent venue statute.”

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court Strikes Down 2 NC Congressional Districts

By Mark Sherman |

The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, a decision voting rights advocates said would boost challenges in other states.

Avarita Hanson.

Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism Seeks New Leader

By Meredith Hobbs |

Avarita Hanson, who has served as the commission's executive director for 11 years, has announced that she'll retire at the end of August.

Belgian Malinois dog.

With Nod to Harry Potter, 11th Circuit Says Police Dogs Can't Be Sued for Excessive Force

By R. Robin McDonald |

In letting Draco off the hook for the injuries he caused subduing a suspect, the court pointed to practical considerations. For instance, how would one serve a complaint on a dog? And how would the dog retain a lawyer?

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

Steps for Limiting Liability as Local Counsel

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons |

When clients are dissatisfied, both lead and local counsel can face a legal malpractice claim, regardless of which counsel truly controlled the matter or even which counsel committed the alleged error. Local counsel can take steps, however, to limit malpractice exposure commensurate with their role in the representation.

Appeals Court Grounds FAA Registration for Hobby Drones, Planes

By Cogan Schneier |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled the FAA's registration rule for personal drones and model planes violates federal law.

Atlanta Big Law Firm Financials Are Here

Atlanta Firm Financials tells you who’s up, who’s down and everything in-between.

Atlanta Firm Financials: City's Top 10 Find Growth at the Extremes

By Meredith Hobbs |

Growth slowed on average for Atlanta's 10 top-grossing law firms last year, especially for firms in the middle of the group. But nearly all weathered flat demand in the legal industry to push revenues ever higher.

An Abstract of One Hundred Dollar Bills with Narrow Depth of Field.

Facts Behind the Figures in Atlanta Firm Financials

By Jonathan Ringel |

Our Atlanta Firm Financials project presents a mountain of data, so here are some caveats and definitions of terms to use as grappling hooks.

Judge William Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

11th Circuit Greenlights Smokers’ Suits Against Tobacco Companies

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a 284-page en banc opinion Thursday saying that smokers who won a class action against tobacco companies can also file individual lawsuits.

L-R Humberto Izquierdo and Charles Spiller, Canton Ga.

$4.25M Workers' Comp Settlement to Provide Lifetime Care for Injured Painter

By Greg Land |

A painter who was injured falling from a ladder has reached a $4.25 million workers' compensation settlement more than five years after the accident.

Transgender ADA Case Against Cabela's OK'd

The first known transgender rights lawsuit alleging Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination based on the condition of gender dysphoria can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.

Bar Exam. Photo By Hewlett Askew

Georgia Bar Exam Results Are Released

The Georgia Office of Bar Admissions has announced the results of the February bar exam.

Atteeyah Hollie, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta.

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination in Providing Utility Services

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Civil rights attorneys have sued the city of LaGrange, Georgia, alleging discriminatory practices that deprive the homes of African-Americans and Latinos to basic utility services.

Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes.

GEICO Loses Bid to Limit UM Liability

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In a closely-watched fight between an insurance company and its policyholders over uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, GEICO's counsel wants the limit set at $25,000, but for now the courts have sided with the customers' argument that it should be $100,000.

Playing for the NFL Was Like ‘Having a Final Every Week,’ Law Student Recalls

Three years ago, Chris Carr traded in his helmet and shoulder pads for casebooks and outlines. Now, the former NFL player is set to graduate from George Washington University Law School and embark on a second career as an immigration law attorney.

Charles Goetsch

Omnicare Settles 28-State Whistleblower Complaint for $8M

By Robert Storace |

The prescription drug company denied allegations that it falsely billed Medicaid and Medicare while agreeing to the settlement.

Justice-Robert-Benham

Flawed Indictment Gets Sex Offender's 30-Year Sentence Overturned

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a conviction for a sex offender because of what Justice Robert Benham called a flawed indictment.

Lawsuit: City of LaGrange Illegally Restricts Utilities Access

By Kate Brumback |

The federal lawsuit against LaGrange says the city, which is the only provider of basic utilities, threatens to cut off utilities if residents don't pay outstanding municipal court fines. Another policy denies utility services to people who can't provide a Social Security number and a photo ID issued by the state or federal government, the suit says.

New Winners Are Recognized in Georgia Legal Food Frenzy

By Jonathan Ringel |

When the food donations are tallied, small firms do particularly well in the annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, especially because the top award is measured by pounds donated per employee.

L-R Jon Pope and Ronny Hulsey, Hasty Pope, Gainesville, Georgia

Track Coach Smacked by Passing Truck's Mirror Settles for $1M

By Greg Land |

A Hall County high school track coach who was running with a group of students when she was struck in the face by a passing truck's side mirror has settled her suit against the driver for $1 million.

Leslie Abrams.

Judge Issues Force-Feed Order for Detainee on Hunger Strike

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Albany has given staff members at a Georgia immigration detention facility permission to force-feed a detainee awaiting deportation who has been on a hunger strike since April 20.

Cathelene

Fulton Superior Courts—But Not Magistrate Courts—Will Launch Mandatory Criminal E-Filing in June

By Greg Land |

As of Monday, June 5, the Fulton County Superior Court will implement mandatory e-filing for all criminal cases, as is already the case with civil filings in the county's Superior, State and Magistrate courts.

Linda Klein, president of the American Bar Association, speaks at the group's midyear meeting in February in Miami.

ABA President Urges Senate to Restore Legal Aid Funding

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

American Bar Association president Linda Klein, senior managing shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Atlanta, used declining revenue, increasing need and the words of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to urge the U.S. Senate to continue funding legal aid.

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Environmentalists Cheer Logging Lawsuit Moving to California

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers for environmental activists are cheering a federal judge's ruling transferring a logging company's lawsuit from Georgia to California, where they expect to find a friendlier venue.

Correction: Chicago, Duke, and Columbia Top ABA Jobs List

The University of Chicago Law School sent a higher percentage of 2016 graduates into law jobs than any other school, according to new employment data from the American Bar Association.

11th Circuit Judge Charles Wilson.

Pension Fund in 'Dire Financial Condition' Beats Back Challenge

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

WestRock, an Atlanta-based paper and packaging company, cannot avoid making shortfall contributions to a pension fund in a "dire financial condition," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Judge Edward Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta

Judges Split Over Inmate's Plea for a Less-Painful Death

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

For the past few days, judges have debated a novel—although ultimately unsuccessful —argument against lethal injection posed by a Georgia death row inmate who asked to be put before a firing squad instead.

Richard Phillips, Swift Currie, Atlanta.

New Georgia Cannabis Law Poses Workplace Law Questions

By Richard A. Phillips, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers |

As medical cannabis continues to evolve in Georgia and nationwide, employers should assess the impact of the changing laws.

Justice Harold Melton

Justice Said What? 'You Always Get [to Flip] One Free Bird, Don't You?'

By Greg Land |

A self-described "homeschooling father and volunteer minister" who was convicted of disorderly conduct after raising his middle finger to a pastor during services and then shouting at the man for endorsing "evil public schools" sparked a debate over obscenity among Georgia Supreme Court justices that that went from the church to the highway.

Emory Sues Contractor It Hired to Run Sleep Center to Recoup Judgment in Patient's Death

By R. Robin McDonald |

Emory University is suing the independent contractor that operated the center to recoup damages and the legal costs Emory incurred while defending the case.

L-R Michael Ruppersberg and Evan Jones, Blasingame Burch, Athens, Georgia.

Blasingame Burch Lures Plaintiff Pros to Athens—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Two Atlanta plaintiffs lawyers, Michael Ruppersburg and Evan Jones, have joined Blasingame Burch Garrard Ashley in Athens, lured by the chance to expand their practices and to trade Atlanta's traffic for a more bucolic, college town vibe.

Justice Carol Hunstein.

High Court Rules Against Student Over Facebook Rant

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a student who posted on Facebook about taking an assault rifle to school cannot find protection in the Constitution.

Justice David Nahmias.

High Court Rejects Fulton County's Jury List

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A man facing the death penalty has won a challenge to the way Fulton County picks juries. The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that Fulton County is violating the high court's Jury Composition Rule, agreeing with Otis Ricks Jr., who is accused of murdering a restaurant owner during an armed robbery.

L-R Lee Parks and Jack Hancock

Justices Mull Sheriffs' 'Conspiracy' to Ban Private Process Servers

By Greg Land |

Lawyers on both sides of a debate over the authority of the state's sheriffs to bar private process servers from working in their counties were pressed by an active Georgia Supreme Court bench.

Georgia Justice Project 2017 Grass Roots Justice Awards event on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta.The Coca Cola Company was honored this year for its commitment to criminal justice reform. L-R Doug Ammar, Ben Garren, Coca Cola Company and Janine Brown.

Check Out This Roundup of Photos From Lawyers' Spring Events

A roundup of photos from spring events includes the Georgia Justice Project 2017 Grass Roots Justice Awards, the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Society, the Emory Law Centennial Gala and the Gate City Bar Association.

High Court Puts Brakes on Cabbies' Suit Over Uber, Lyft

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court delivered some good news Monday for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing companies, tossing a lawsuit brought by cabbies seeking to block the competition.

Former Brunswick Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams.

DA: Due Process Complaint, Apology Prompted Dismissal of Charges Against Ex-Judge

By R. Robin McDonald |

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says he dropped criminal charges against the former chief judge of coastal Georgia's Brunswick Circuit because voters last fall passed a constitutional amendment abolishing the state judicial watchdog agency that had promulgated the allegations on which those charges were based.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

US Attorneys, Defense Bar Criticize Sessions Directive

By Tom McParland |

Former U.S. attorneys and criminal defense lawyers on Friday criticized a new Department of Justice directive instructing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges that they can prove.

Former Fulton Superior Court Chief Judge Cynthia D. Wright.

Former Judge Will Arbitrate Family Law Cases for Free

By Meredith Hobbs |

Longtime Fulton County Superior Court judge Cindy Wright, now a partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, has found a novel way to help her former colleagues in the court's family division.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building

Supreme Court Disbars 1, Suspends 1, Reprimands 1

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued opinions regarding three lawyer discipline cases.

AMC movie theater.

What’s Next in Antitrust Probe of Mega Movie Theaters?

By Todd Cunningham |

Makan Delrahim, nominated to head the DOJ Antitrust Division, is a Los Angeles lawyer with ties to the film industry, stirring talk in Hollywood that the investigation may be all but dead.

Sally Quillian Yates

A Hot News Item Today, Yates Started Her US Attorney Tenure Low-Key

By R. Robin McDonald |

Although she was well-known around the Atlanta legal community, our story from 2010 showed how she tried to stay understated.

Sally Yates testifying on May 8.

Social Media's Toast to #SallyYates

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

It's been hard to look at a Facebook feed this week without seeing Sally Yates. She's trended on Twitter. And she's become instant Instagram royalty. One of her hashtags mentions not just her name but four telling digits: 2020.

Page Pate

Former Morris Hardwick Schneider Controller Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy

By R. Robin McDonald |

The former controller of the Atlanta real estate closing firm once known as Morris Hardwick Schneider has pleaded guilty to a single fraud conspiracy charge.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters.

AID Atlanta Sues CDC Over Funding Cuts

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A nonprofit organization that provides services to people with HIV/AIDS has sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for slashing its funding.

James Comey

What's Next For Ex-FBI Director James Comey?

By Cogan Schneier |

Citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. His actions may weigh heavy on his future employment prospects, as big law firms may be wary of questions that would accompany his hiring. Still, as a prominent attorney with high-level experience in government and business, he may find a home at a law firm, as some other former FBI directors have.

U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen.

Judge Weighs 'Bizarre' Contract Dispute Between Delta Retirees, Insurer

By Greg Land |

In a dispute between United Healthcare and the trust that provides health insurance for retired Delta Air Lines employees—over what the trust says is more than $5 million in drug rebates it is owed—the judge overseeing the case expressed astonishment Monday at two facts.

Judge Edward Carnes of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta Ga.

11th Circuit Ruling Contains Grace Notes on Mortality

By R. Robin McDonald |

On any given day in the larger legal scheme of things, it was easy to miss: a small, graceful homily to mortality built on a passage from Shakespeare in a federal appellate ruling on an Alabama asbestos case.

Judge Gary Andrews

Why Chick-fil-A Won This Slip-and-Fall Case

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Court of Appeals released an opinion Wednesday that offers insight on how to win a slip-and-fall case.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Removal of Trump’s Muslim Comments Raises Travel Ban Questions

By Cogan Schneier |

The removal of comments from a campaign webpage used to block Trump’s travel ban executive orders could come up during a Ninth Circuit hearing next week.

President Donald Trump.

Employers Face 'Unprecedented' Uncertainty, Littler Survey Finds

By Erin Mulvaney |

Uncertainty is a common theme among employers this year thanks, in part, to new technologies, an unpredictable Trump administration and a web of new compliance standards on every government level, according to an annual survey from the law firm Littler Mendelson.

David M. Ebel, Senior Judge United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

11th Circuit Says Deaf Patients Can Sue Hospital Over Lack of Interpreters

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Two deaf patients have won the right to sue a Florida hospital for failing to provide effective means of communicating their medical concerns through a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta that could have broader implications.

Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes.

Judges Rule Doctor Can Be Cross-Examined for Truthfulness

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A $2 million judgment against a doctor for a baby's death survived scrutiny by the Georgia Court of Appeals, which turned back the doctor's challenge to being cross-examined about his patient notes

Ex-King & Spalding Associate Sues for Firing Over Airing Ethics Concern

By Andrew Denney |

A former King & Spalding associate who said he was fired for raising ethical concerns about the conduct of two of the firm's partners has sued the firm for wrongful termination.

James Comey (2016)

Quotable Comey: CEOs Must Be 'Maniacal' About Ethics

By C. Ryan Barber |

As the now-fired FBI Director James Comey weighs his next move, here's a look back at some of the comments companies and law firms might find compelling as they consider contacting the dispatched director about a possible return to the private sector.

Claud

McIver Lawyers Say Prosecutors Seized Privileged Documents in Search

By R. Robin McDonald |

During the Good Friday search of Atlanta attorney Claud "Tex" McIver's home, a prosecutor who was part of the search team spotted legal bills from McIver's lawyer and began to go through them, McIver's lawyers say.

Law Firms Take Notice as Salary Gag Rules Loom

By Miriam Rozen |

A look at how wage history laws brewing in Texas and recently passed in NYC and Philly will and (mostly) won’t affect big law firms in those places.

Drone Law Practices Taking Off — Again

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Work at drone law practices is shifting as drone-related startups have come of age.

A. Binford Minter.

Lawyer Prevails as Judge Puts Legal Fees Above Garnishments in Business Dispute

By Greg Land |

A man involved in a dispute over his efforts to collect about $160,000 by garnishing his debtor's retirement payments must wait until another lawyer—who formerly represented the debtor—has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees.

Mediators Share Advice on Managing Outside Counsel

By Amanda Farahany, Barrett & Farahany |

Several well-respected employment mediators describe what they'd advise inside counsel to do when managing outside counsel handling a case. Their responses were enlightening:

The 2017 Future Leaders of America scholarship recipients with Patrick Longhi and Judge Alford Dempsey, Jr. L-R Patrick Longhi, Reynaldo Wilson, Grady HS; Eric Abel, North Springs Charter HS; Dori Balser, Riverwood International Charter HS; Destynee Jones, Riverwood International Charter HS; Marilyn Boutte, The Lovett School and Judge Alford Dempsey, Jr.

Photos of Lawyers and Judges Outside the Courtroom

From the Boston Marathon to announcing plans for Atlanta the nation's women judges and, as always, mentoring young people through fundraising and awards for scholars, the legal community was out in force this spring.

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testifies before the Senate Judicary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Russian interference In U.S. election on Capitol Hill May 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Senate Hearing Over Russia Focuses on Georgia's Sally Yates

By Eric Tucker and Eileen Sullivan |

Her testimony, coupled with the revelation that President Barack Obama had warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn to be national security adviser shortly after the November election, made clear that alarms about Flynn had reached the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Inmate Captured Near Etowah River After Escaping Floyd Courthouse

Cotton was due in court for a judge to consider revoking a previous probation sentence on Monday based on other charges the man faces.

Kevin Newsom

Bradley Arant Partner Kevin Newsom Nominated to Eleventh Circuit

By R. Robin McDonald |

A decade after American Lawyer singled out Birmingham attorney Kevin Newsom, then Alabama's 34-year-old solicitor general, as one of its "Fab 50" litigators under 40, Newsom is still on the rise.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge McMurray

State Bar of Georgia president extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge William LeRoy "Roy" McMurray Jr.

Matt Wetherington (left)  and Michael Werner of the The Werner Firm, Atlanta.

'Odyssey' of Litigation Sparks Lawyer's Popular Tire Safety Project

By Greg Land |

A final, confidential settlement with Ford Motor Co. has ended a multidefendant suit involving a woman injured when a tire that was supposed to have been recalled nearly 12 years earlier blew out.

Judge Charlie Bethel.

Judges Say No to Nude Dancing Club Seeking to Strip Legal Fees

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled against a nude dancing nightclub in its effort to reverse a judgment to pay $17,000 in attorney fees and litigation costs to the city of Doraville.

Savannah Attorney Frank W.

Judges Honor Savannah Litigator Known for 'Midnight' Trial, Bulldog Mascots

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia's top judges are honoring the career of Sonny Seiler, the colorful Savannah business litigator famous for winning a high profile murder case, appearing in movies and breeding Georgia bulldogs.

Counsel to Diane McIver's Estate Send Letter to Editor, Open Letter to All Georgia Bar Members

Letter solicits any information or documentation with regard to estate planning, testamentary documentation (including wills) or other evidence relating to the wishes of Diane S. McIver.

Back Row L-R Shane Peagler, Beverly Gable, Dwayne Adams, Amanda Seals Bersinger and Naveen Ramachandrappa. Front row L-R Michael Neff, Bryce Angell and Michael Terry.

Avis Found Liable for Both Its Own and Employees' Share of Two Verdicts Totaling $54 Million

By R. Robin McDonald |

An employee with a felony record for stealing cars and eluding police. A rental he stole while working for a downtown Atlanta Avis Rent A Car. An apparent joyride that ended when the car slammed into two women sitting on a wall in a park.

Diane McIver last will.

Grand Jury Witness: McIver's Slain Wife Had a Second Will

By R. Robin McDonald |

Before Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver was charged with malice murder in the shooting death of his wife, an office bookkeeper told a county grand jury that Diane McIver had drawn up a new will and given it to her to copy.

Marian Liou.

Asian Food Fest Looks to Raise Thousands for Legal Nonprofit

By Meredith Hobbs |

Now in its third year, SouthEATS 2017 raises more than $20K for Asian Americans Advancing Justice from tickets and sponsors, which include local firms such as Morris Manning & Martin, and the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA).

Judge Amanda Williams, Brunswick, Georgia

Charges Dropped Against Ex-Glynn County Judge

More than five years after Amanda F. Williams, a former chief judge of the Brunswick Judicial Court, resigned with felony charges over her head, the Fulton County district attorney has dropped those charges against her.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

3 Considerations of Document Disposal

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons |

The rules do not require firms to have a well-defined document retention and disposal policy. Indeed, it is not per se error for firms to decide to keep files forever or to destroy files on an ad-hoc, case-by-case basis (as long as other obligations under the rules are considered).

Ross Mansbach, Halyard Health, Atlanta.

Hiring and Managing Outside Counsel at Halyard Health

By Jonathan Ringel |

"Assuming you've hired the right counsel, the key is enabling them to do their best work," says Ross Mansbach.

Jeffrey Kessler of Winston & Strawn. 2015. HANDOUT.

Dewey Survivors Share Lessons From Their Old Firm's Demise

By Scott Flaherty |

Five years after Dewey & LeBoeuf's spectacular collapse, five of its lawyers look back.

Emojis taken from Surveying the Law of Emojis paper, published by Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University - School of Law.

What You Need to Know About Emoji Law (Yes, That's a Thing)

By Ross Todd |

"Prepare for the coming emoji onslaught," warns Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman, who sees ramifications for contract law, criminal evidence and IP disputes.

Ford & Harrison Managing Partner Lash Harrison.

Revenue Increase, Fewer Partners Boost PPP at Ford & Harrison

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ford & Harrison reported $72 million in revenue for 2016, gaining 3.2 percent as net income grew 1 percent to $20 million.

David M. Ebel, Senior Judge United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Raise Attorney Fee Award to $1M Against Private College

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Two former admissions employees at Keiser University lost their bid to boost their attorney fees award on a financial aid fraud claim from $60,000 to $1 million with an opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit Wednesday.

Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes.

Court Rules Open Records Act Won't Cover Academic Research

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that academic research at a public college is exempt from the state Open Records Act.

The FTC sent letters to many celebrities—including Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Polizzi and Allen Iverson—about their display of products in Instagram posts.

Who Got Those Social 'Influencer' Letters From the FTC? Read the Full List.

By C. Ryan Barber |

Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Polizzi, the "Jersey Shore" star better known as Snooki, and the former baksetball star Allen Iverson were among the celebrities the Federal Trade Commission recently sent letters to as part of the agency's push to promote clearer disclosures of business relationships in endorsement deals. The FTC in its announcement last month about the letters did not name any of the celebrities and stars who received them. The National Law Journal obtained the FTC letters through a records request.

Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building.

11th Circuit Upholds Order Freeing Insurer from Legal-Mal Suit Costs

By Greg Land |

A legal malpractice insurer has been found not responsible for at least $7 million in legal expenses accrued defending a bankrupt law firm sued by an investment company whose manager was also a partner at the defendant firm.

Judge Timothy Batten

Judge Orders Voter Registration Opened for 6th District

By Kate Brumback and Kathleen Foody |

U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten ruled Thursday in favor of advocacy groups who argued that Georgia violated federal law by preventing more new voter registrations before the runoff. He ordered the state to extend the deadline to May 21.

L-R Steve Gottlieb and Phyllis Holmen.

Legal Aid Leaders Warn: Disaster Still Looms

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Despite the return of funds for the current fiscal year over the weekend in Washington, the legal aid funding problem looms, key players in that arena said Wednesday. "The crisis is not averted. Quite the contrary," said Steve Gottlieb, executive director of Atlanta Legal Aid. "We will see all summer about what happens the next year."

Elizabeth Helmer of Alston & Bird.

Setting the Boundaries for Ga.'s Revised Anti-SLAPP Statute

By Elizabeth Helmer, Alston & Bird |

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) are filed to intimidate, silence or punish opponents for exercising their right to comment on matters of public concern. To protect petition and free speech rights and ensure they are not diminished out of fear of retaliatory litigation, many states, including Georgia, have adopted anti-SLAPP statutes.

Gus Small

Bunzl Trusts Seeks Millions in Miller & Martin Malpractice Claim

By R. Robin McDonald |

The suit claims at least $10 million was siphoned from the trusts.

U.S. Treasury Department in Washington.

Treasury GC Pick Brent McIntosh Discloses Big Law Income, Clients

By Mike Scarcella |

Brent McIntosh, the Sullivan & Cromwell partner nominated to be general counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, reported earning nearly $2.9 million in income from the firm last year, according to his financial disclosure on file at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

David Phillips, Eversheds Sutherland, Atlanta.

Eversheds Sutherland Lands M&A Partner—And Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

David Phillips has joined Eversheds Sutherland as a partner after a brief but eventful stint in-house, saying he was attracted by the newly-merged firm's mix of Atlanta roots and global reach.

Award

Daily Report Announces Attorney of Year Finalists and Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Leader Awards

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Daily Report will honor the award winners in special editorial sections in June and at a June 29 Professional Excellence event.

CNN Center, Atlanta.

CNN Loses Bid to Block Defamation Claims Over Infant Mortality Report

By R. Robin McDonald |

Palm Beach County Judge Richard Oftedal is the second judge to reject CNN's defense to claims it knowingly misled viewers with an investigation into pediatric deaths at a Florida hospital.

Chris Stewart, Atlanta

Atlanta Lawyer Hopes Charleston Will Change the Future of Police Shooting Cases

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In the pursuit of justice for victims of police shootings, Atlanta civil rights lawyer L. Chris Stewart has reached two milestones for his clients in North Charleston that he hopes will shape the future.

One of many advertisements at the Georgia World Congress Center during the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting.

While Trump Spoke Nearby, Lawyers Stayed Focused at NRA Legal Seminar in Atlanta

By Jonathan Ringel |

Here's a question you don't hear at most continuing legal education classes: How many of you are carrying guns right now? At the National Rifle Association's legal seminar in Atlanta on Friday, a handful of the 255 attendees raised their hands to that query, posed by instructor Massad Ayoob. When he asked how many wouldn't say if they were carrying, about half raised their hands. "Your law school tuition wasn't wasted," said a satisfied Ayoob.

Casino Surveillance Technicians' Labor Dispute Draws 'Ocean's Eleven' Comparison

By Erin Mulvaney |

Casino surveillance technicians may have unique power to work covertly with managers to spy on other employees, or even pull off sabotage a la "Ocean's Eleven," and therefore should not be able to unionize with other workers, attorneys for major Las Vegas casinos argued recently in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Ogletree Posts Another Year of Revenue, Profit Gains

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart reported another year of healthy revenue gains in 2016, while continuing to add lawyers and one new international outpost.

Sanford Wadler.

The GC Who Blew the Whistle

By Ross Todd |

How a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation turned the chief legal officer of Bio-Rad Laboratories into the company's chief legal adversary.

Larry Thompson.

Larry Thompson Drafts DOJ Alums to Monitor VW

By R. Robin McDonald |

The former deputy attorney general and PepsiCo GC will be backed up a team of former prosecutors and other highly credentialed lawyers.

L-R Albert Bolet, plaintiff Rafael Herrera and Christopher York, Atlanta

Man Who Drank Glass Shards Nets $867K Verdict in 'Cringeworthy' Case

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury has awarded $867,000 to a man who suffered gastrointestinal lacerations and scarring after being served a soft drink laden with glass shards at a Kennesaw restaurant.

James Cobb (left) and Michael Caplan

Justices Debate Meaning of 'Access' in Court Records Fight

By Greg Land |

The case hinges on whether the makers of the podcast "Undisclosed" can copy audio files from a 2000 homicide case.

Lance Cooper.

Lawyers Cheer SCOTUS Ruling Clearing the Way for More GM Switch Cases

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers who've pursued General Motors for years over covering up a deadly ignition switch defect are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week allowing many more lawsuits to go forward.

Gov. Nathan Deal.

Deal Signs Bill to Remake, Expand JQC

By Kate Brumback |

Georgia's governor on Monday signed a bill that reconfigures and expands the state's judicial watchdog agency.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

Ga. High Court Upholds Awarding Town Legal Fees in Dispute with Water Park

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The tiny city of Helen—a faux Bavarian village in the North Georgia mountains—has won a victory in the Georgia Supreme Court, which held the popular tourist town could collect $17,000 for legal fees for a long-running land use dispute with a company that provides tube rides on the Chattahoochee River.

Michael Terry, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, Atlanta.

High Court Hands Judges Victory Over Their Own Watchdogs

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Judges who handle civil litigation and misdemeanors—through the Georgia Council of State Court Judges—challenged their own watchdog group—the Judicial Qualifications Commission—over a ruling saying judges could not file friend of the court briefs.

James Woolery.

King & Spalding Latest Big Firm to Welcome Woolery

By Meghan Tribe |

James Woolery, a former investment banker, hedge fund executive and M&A partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who for a brief time worked at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has joined King & Spalding in New York. While it's the fourth job for Woolery in six years, the Kentucky native claims he's finally found a long-term home.

Miami Downtown skyline as seen from Dodge Island.

Supreme Court Says Cities Can Sue Banks Over Housing Discrimination

By Tony Mauro |

A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Miami has standing to sue banks over alleged discriminatory lending practices of banks—but it must meet a high bar to establish causation.

Georgia Supreme Court: Lawyer Discipline Not Warranted

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that no discipline was warranted against Demone Wyatt Lee.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

Take a 'Journey' Through the Justices' Bookshelves

By Marcia Coyle |

In the U.S. Supreme Court term that ended last June, Justice Samuel Alito turned to books most often to bolster his opinions, while Justice Anthony Kennedy—the court's most influential voter—made least use of the wisdom embodied in books.

Specter of Privilege Could Haunt Searches for Second Will in McIver Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

When investigators unexpectedly found a gun during a recent search of Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver's residence, McIver's lawyer said they were searching for a second will his dead wife might have left behind.

Legal Food Frenzy Nets $190K for Atlanta Food Bank

By Jonathan Ringel |

Law firms and other legal organizations raised more than $190,000 in online donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank over the two-week Georgia Legal Food Frenzy.

Drew Eckl & Farnham's reception desk.

Drew Eckl Modernizes in Move From Midtown

By Meredith Hobbs |

When Drew Eckl & Farnham moved downtown to SunTrust Plaza after almost 30 years at 880 West Peachtree St. in Midtown, it didn't just change buildings. The firm modernized its offices and transformed its surroundings.

L-R Shane Hudson and J.L. King.

Xanax Is Factor in $5.2M Award to Truck Crash Victim's Family

By Greg Land |

A Lowndes County jury awarded more than $5.2 million to the daughter and estate of a young man killed when he struck a tractor-trailer whose driver was attempting to turn around on a dark, foggy morning.

Steve Kaminshine, dean, Georgia State University College of Law

GSU Law Dean to Step Down This Summer

By Meredith Hobbs |

Steven Kaminshine will step down this summer and return to teaching after 12 years in the role, the school announced.

Five Atlanta Firms in Am Law 100 Post Revenue Gains

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Am Law 100 rankings are out—and five Atlanta-based firms are again among the country's 100 highest-grossing law firms. King & Spalding led the pack, posting 2016 revenue of $1,057,500,000. That puts it at No. 27 in the rankings, matching its placement last year.

Claud

Tex McIver Indicted for Malice Murder in Wife's Shooting Death

By R. Robin McDonald |

Claud "Tex" McIver, a former law partner at Atlanta's Fisher & Phillips was indicted today by a Fulton County grand jury on a charge of malice murder in the shooting death of his wife.

Bill Clinton

Law Schools, Like Emory, Pulling Out the Stops to Celebrate Anniversaries

By Karen Sloan |

Your law school is about to hit a major milestone, but how to commemorate it?

Judge James C. Hill, senior U.S. Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, in 2013.

Law Clerks Remember How Judge James Hill Brought Humor and Humanity to the Bench

By Vickie Cheek Dorsey and Mark S. VanderBroek |

The Atlanta legal community lost an esteemed and beloved member when Judge James C. Hill passed away on March 31 at the age of 93.

L-R Adalberto Jordan and William Pryor.

11th Circuit Upholds Conviction in Case Over Email Breach in Mayoral Election

By Tom McParland |

In a split decision, a federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of an Alabama official for giving Mobile residents' email addresses to a mayoral candidate.

Ronald Machen Jr., left, and David Ogden, right.

Wilmer Partners Win Tenet Health Care Work as Monitor Gigs Stay Hot

By Katelyn Polantz |

In another sign that independent monitorships are attracting top-shelf legal talent, Tenet Healthcare Corp. has tapped David Ogden and Ronald Machen to monitor its compliance under a non-prosecution agreement.

Firms Turn Up Heat as Food Frenzy Nears Last Laps of Campaign

By Jonathan Ringel |

The overall campaign for the Atlanta food bank had raised $119,764—about 59 percent of the $200,000 goal set for the two-week campaign ending at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Alabama Lawyer Will Plead Guilty to Misappropriating Volunteer Legal Services Funds

Kelli Hogue Mauro was accused of siphoning over $35,000 from the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program during her tenure as its executive director.

Claud

Guns Part of Tex McIver's Ethos—Just Not the One In His Sock Drawer

By R. Robin McDonald |

Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver had a lot of guns. No one disputes that.

Stay-at-Home-Rainmakers: A Growing Threat to Big Law

Work from your house. Set your own billable rate. And keep 80 percent of the money from every matter you originate and handle.

L-R Don Riddick, associate general counsel at TSYS, Emma Maconick, partner at King & Spalding and Justin Offen, principal at PwC, discuss practical legal considerations in cybersecurity third-party risk management and contract negotiations during the 2017 Cybersecurity & Privacy Summit hosted in Atlanta by King & Spalding.

Cyberinsurance and Vendor Follies Headline King & Spalding Cybersecurity Summit

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Panelists hoped to bring clarity to risk management anxieties arising from the fast-changing cybersecurity market.

King & Spalding Makes Its Move As Food Frenzy Tops $100K

By Jonathan Ringel |

After lurking on the Food Frenzy leaderboard for more than a week, King & Spalding vaulted to the top Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Northern District of California

Judge Denies Fee Motions in VW Diesel Fraud Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

The federal judge in the Volkswagen diesel emissions litigation has denied 244 motions for attorney fees but lifted an earlier injunction which had prevented law firms from suing their own clients for payment.

Calling Justice Breyer: A Court Interrupted

When the late Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in 1953 that justices are infallible “only because we are final,” he did not have cellphones in mind.

What Hogan Lovells Did Right (and Wrong) in Its Founding Tie-Up

In the small cadre of mega law firms that have used the Swiss verein corporate structure to span the globe, Hogan Lovells stands out. Call it the verein that doesn’t look like a verein.

Mississippi Judge Ordered to Pay $5,400 for Helping Landlord

A north Mississippi judge must pay $5,400 after he increased penalties in favor of a landlord above what was requested, without giving a tenant a chance to fight the decision.

Roger Quillen, chairman and managing partner, Fisher Phillips, Atlanta

Fisher & Phillips Posts Double-Digit Rise in Revenue

By Meredith Hobbs |

Labor and employment lawyers at Fisher & Phillips were in demand in 2016, helping the firm boost its gross revenue to $176.5 million, a hefty 11.7 percent increase from the year before.

SunTrust Plaza, Atlanta

Dentons Lawyers Under Fire in Bunzl Trust Cases

By R. Robin McDonald |

Attorneys with mega-firm Dentons are under fire on two fronts stemming from their representation of former Sutherland partner Bennett Kight over allegations that he spent years draining millions of dollars from trust funds he managed for a longtime Sutherland client.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello perform

Supreme Court Asked to Umpire 'Who's on First' Dispute

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Abbott and Costello heirs make a pitch for their copyright case over an unlicensed use in the Broadway play "Hand to God."

Beyond the Food Frenzy, Working People in Crisis Receive Help

By Jonathan Ringel |

As teams scramble for the lead of the Legal Food Frenzy, let's look at who benefits from the annual fundraiser for the state's food banks.

Larry Thompson

Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Will Monitor VW Plea Deal Compliance

By R. Robin McDonald |

Larry Thompson has been appointed to monitor Volkswagen AG to ensure the automobile manufacturer complies with the conditions of its criminal plea and a separate civil consent decree stemming from the company's sales of diesel vehicles with software that circumvented U.S. emissions tests.

Federal Lawsuit Seeks Review of Mid-Decade Redistricting

By Kathleen Foody |

Georgia lawmakers violated federal voting rights law by moving black voters out and white voters in to two state House districts in 2015, according to a lawsuit filed Monday that calls the mid-decade redistricting an effort to protect white Republican incumbents.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

Code of Law: If You See Something, Say Something

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

The legal profession's system of self-governance relies in part on what is effectively an "honor code" for attorneys. However, Georgia applies a permissive standard, whereby attorneys are encouraged to report but are not required to do so.

Shot of Bourbon? This Big Law Partner's Got You Covered

Lawyers are used to filing paperwork in a pinch. But Mayer Brown partner Russell Nance was motivated like never before when armed state police raided his bourbon business, alleging he and his partners were running an illegal moonshine operation and committing a felony. Police gave them until the end of the week to secure a permit.

Lee Gutschenritter, Finch McCranie, Atlanta.

Finch McCranie Prepares for Third Generation—and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Admiration for lawyers at one of Atlanta's oldest personal injury firms, Finch McCranie, helped persuade Lee Gutschenritter to switch from the defense to the plaintiffs side last fall. Now the firm has made him a partner.

Rookie Judges Start to Wrangle MDL Dockets

Indira Talwani, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. January 8, 2013.

Mississippi Judge Reprimanded After Threatening to Use a Gun

A Mississippi judge will be suspended without pay for 30 days and have to pay a fine for threatening to use a gun against a defendant in his courtroom.

Joyce White Vance, former U.S. Attorney for the for the Northern District of Alabama, now visiting lecturer at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Another Ex-US Attorney Takes Law School Job, This Time at Alabama

By Karen Sloan |

The former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama is joining the University of Alabama School of Law as a distinguished visiting lecturer in August.

Chadbourne Ousts Partner Suing Firm for Gender Bias

Kerrie Campbell, a female litigation partner at Chadbourne & Parke in Washington, D.C., who last year filed a $100 million gender discrimination suit against the firm, has been expelled from its partnership.

Miles Mediation Claims Frenzy Lead, But K&S Looms

By Jonathan Ringel |
Jeremy Berry, Dentons, Atlanta.

Mayor Taps Dentons Partner Jeremy Berry as Atlanta City Attorney

By Meredith Hobbs |

Mayor Kasim Reed announced Thursday that Berry will replace the current city attorney, Cathy Hampton, who's held the post for six years.

Civil Rights Groups Sue to Expand Opportunity to Register for Key Congressional Runoff

By R. Robin McDonald |

Three weeks ago, as early voting began in the nationally-watched congressional special election in Georgia's 6th District, lawyers representing the state chapter of the NAACP notified the secretary of state that Georgia's voter registration law could bar persons from legally participating in a runoff election, in violation of federal law.

Embracing Digital, LSAT Loosens Its Grip on the No. 2 Pencil

The Law School Admission Test’s 69-year stint as a pencil-and-paper exam could be coming to a close.

Jeremy Berry, Dentons, Atlanta.

Dentons Partner to Become Atlanta City Attorney

By Meredith Hobbs |

Mayor Kasim Reed announced today his selection for a new city attorney after announcing that Cathy Hampton will be stepping down from the job on May 19.

Elisa Kodish, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Atlanta.

From a Saturday Morning, Restoring Dignity Under the Law

By Elisa S. Kodish, Nelson Mullins |

A great many needy clients rely on Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation to navigate difficult times in which they might otherwise be helpless. While the volunteer work needed and remuneration gained can be modest in the grand scheme, it can make all the difference between a successful result and great hardship for clients.

Jonathan Eady of Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta.

Real Estate, Health Care Work Fuel Growth for Arnall Golden

By Meredith Hobbs |

Arnall Golden Gregory reports strong 2016 financial results, keeping up its momentum after a blockbuster 2015.

Global Patent Filings Spike in Fintech

By Stephanie Forshee |

A new study from British law firm EMW finds an enormous increase in fintech patent filings.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (left) and Atlanta Community Food Bank President and CEO Kyle Waide tour the Atlanta Community Food Bank facility during the annual Legal Food Frenzy kickoff.

Food Frenzy Firms Battling for Second Inch Closer to First

By Jonathan Ringel |

Day Three of the legal community's fundraiser for food banks showed a spirited fight among the top Atlanta-area teams.

State of Georgia Judicial Complex rendering

Timeline and Price Tag Set for High Court's New Home

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The long-planned new home for the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals—the brick and mortar part of Gov. Nathan Deal's vision for the state's justice system—has a summer construction start date and a $122 million price tag.

Will Law Schools' LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump's 'America First' Stance?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

How a Georgia Company Emerged as a ‘Major Opponent’ to CFPB

By C. Ryan Barber |

Netspend and its parent company Total System Services have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying on prepaid card rules and other regulatory matters. The two companies are not backing down. Netspend is pushing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to delay its new rule, and on Capitol Hill, Total System Services is jumping into an effort, sponsored by Republican lawmakers, to tear up the new regulation.

Aaron Alter

Hawaiian Airlines' Top Lawyer Calls United Fiasco a 'Case Study on What Not to Do'

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Aaron Alter, head of the legal department at Hawaiian Airlines, says there's plenty that United Airlines could have done differently with their recent passenger removal scandal.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C., at 1900 K Street, N.W. March 30, 2017.

Dentons Culls Partners Amid Budget Shortfall

By Katelyn Polantz |

The world’s largest law firm by head count asked several U.S.-based partners to leave after it failed to meet its 2016 budget, multiple sources said.

Cathy Hampton

Help Wanted: City's Top Lawyer Leaving

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Atlanta City Attorney Cathy Hampton will leave her job May 19 after six years as the city's top lawyer, Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday.

The Latest: Steady Pace for Voting in Georgia's 6th District

The Latest on Georgia's 6th Congressional District election. (all times local):

L-R Paul Phillips and Andy Childers.

Behind the $20.5M Verdict That No One Saw Coming

By Greg Land |

The verdict against Akorn Inc., reportedly the largest in Houston County history, defies conventional wisdom about rural juries.

Judicial Building, Supreme Court of Georgia.

Law That Gives State a Big Bite of Punitives Is Seldom Used

By Greg Land |

Georgia's punitive damages statute requires that 75 percent of any punitive award in a product liability suit be turned over to the state. Instead, it's become an incentive to settle posttrial.

Legal Fight Over Drake Royalties Continues

An ongoing legal fight over the massive profits generated by Drake took another turn Monday, as a young talent scout credited with discovering the hip-hop star filed suit in New York against Drake’s record label, Cash Money Records.

Daily Report Announces In-House Awards

By Jonathan Ringel |

​The Daily Report on Friday announced the honorees in its In-House Legal Department of the Year and GC Impact program.

Liz Whipple.

Legal Community Mourns Sudden Death of Domestic Violence Victims' Advocate

By Meredith Hobbs |

Liz Whipple, a guiding force in the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's domestic violence program for five years, drowned on Friday at age 41.

L-R Peter Canfield and Randy Evans.

Justices Hear Arguments Over Northside Hospital Deal Records

By R. Robin McDonald |

A public records fight between one of Atlanta's largest hospitals and a Jones Day partner spilled into the Supreme Court of Georgia Monday as Jones Day battled to reverse lower court rulings that have, so far, shielded hospital business transaction records from public scrutiny.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (left) and Atlanta Community Food Bank President and CEO Kyle Waide tour the Atlanta Community Food Bank facility during the annual Legal Food Frenzy kickoff.

Georgia Tech Scores Big on Food Frenzy's First Day

By Jonathan Ringel |

Steve Salbu, a former dean of Georgia Tech's business school who now teaches business ethics, repeated his donation from last year that led Tech to the legal organization title in the two-week fundraiser.

Second Circuit Revives Fraud Suit Against K&L Gates, Ex-Partners

A federal appeals court has reinstated a fraud lawsuit against K&L Gates and two of its former partners alleging that the attorneys exploited their past representation of a publishing executive to undermine his efforts to acquire assets from a bankruptcy sale.

Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Building.

Georgia Supreme Court Issues Lawyer Discipline Opinions

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued three opinions regarding lawyer discipline.

Justices to Hear Ex-Spouses' Battle Over Embryos

By Amy Leigh Womack, Macon Telegraph |
Tom Charron, court administrator at the Cobb County Superior Court.

Judges' Deaths Highlight Vulnerability in Judicial Security

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The recent death of a judge in Chicago and others over the years highlight one ever-present risk for those on the bench.

Mawuli Mel Davis

New Legal Team for Man Accused of I-85 Fire on Why They Volunteered To Defend Him

By R. Robin McDonald |

Four Atlanta attorneys with broad portfolios of civil rights, social and criminal justice cases have banded together to defend — free of charge — an apparently homeless man charged as the sole perpetrator of a rush-hour inferno that caused the March 31 collapse of a well-traveled section of I-85 through the heart of Atlanta.

Stephen Forte, Smith Gambrell and Russell, Atlanta.

Smith Gambrell's 2016 Growth Extends Into 2017

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm posted increases in revenue and income as it expands in the U.S. and in the U.K.

Players tee off from the ninth hole during the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament at Trump National Doral.

Trump Company Faces $400k in Legal Fees to Fight $32K Lien

By Samantha Joseph |

A Trump company fighting a roughly $32,500 bill could end up paying more than 10 times as much in litigation costs.

Why the Legal Food Frenzy Matters

By Jonathan Ringel |

The sixth annual competition between legal organizations raises to stock food for the summer—when children on summer break can't get reduced-price or free lunches at school.

Using Computer Forensics to Investigate Employee Data Theft

By Timothy M. Opsitnick, Joseph M. Anguilano and Trevor B. Tucker, JURINNOV, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

When suspicions of employee data theft arise, it is important to engage a computer forensics expert to perform a theft-of-IP analysis in order to preserve electronic data and uncover important evidence.

Jamie Lewis Keith.

Murkiness in the Swamp at University of Florida's Legal Department

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The University of Florida's top legal Gator has spent the last few months wrestling a prominent Gainesville attorney in a match that includes scathing employee reviews, administrative leave and even hints of criminal wrongdoing.

Judge Axes Hagens Berman Fee Request in VW Case

“Simply not appropriate.” That’s what U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer had to say Wednesday about the $28.5 million fee request from plaintiffs firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro for the work it led on the diesel emissions settlement between Volkswagen AG and its franchise dealers.

Should Firms 'Out' Lawyers on the Work/Life Balance Track?

This is either stigmatizing or wonderfully liberating. I’m talking about one firm’s policy of identifying lawyers who are on the work/life balance track. No ambiguity as to who’s gunning for partnership there.

In Light of United's Overbooking Fiasco, Who's Leading the Legal Department?

United Airlines Inc. continues to face criticism Wednesday related to videos showing a passenger being dragged off one of its flights after the passenger was asked to give up his seat and he refused to leave.

Guantanamo Defense Attorneys Sue Over Work Conditions

Lawyers defending a Guantanamo Bay detainee facing the death penalty sued the Department of Defense in a federal court Tuesday claiming they’re forced to live and work in facilities with high levels of cancer-causing toxins.

United Passenger Has 'Every Right to Bring Legal Action'

By Stephanie Forshee |

United Airlines' reputation has taken a bruising since Sunday, when police forcibly removed a passenger from a flight in Chicago that the company initially said was overbooked. But will the airline face legal challenges as a result of the incident?

So Awkward! What to Do When a Justice Butchers a Pronunciation From the Bench?

Being human, U.S. Supreme Court justices sometimes make mistakes—including the mispronunciation of words or names during oral argument.

Judge Gerald Tjoflat of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Circuit Judges Wonk Out Over Declaratory Judgment

By Greg Land |

In what could have been a one-page per curiam ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, two panel members decided to digress.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Former Atlanta Police Employee Accuses Mayor of Misusing Police Funds

By R. Robin McDonald |

In a suit against the city, Tracy Woodard claims she was fired for complaining to superiors about the mayor's use of police funds and vehicles.

Bennett Kight, Atlanta .

Defense: Ex-Sutherland Partner Incompetent to Stand Trial on Fraud Charges

By R. Robin McDonald |

Lawyers for a 76-year-old Atlanta lawyer accused of stealing from a longtime client say he suffers from dementia and scans show a "black hole" in an area of the brain that affects judgment and personality.

Phyllis Holmen, Georgia Legal Services Program.

Trump Budget Cuts Could Worsen Georgia's Rural Lawyer Shortage

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia's much-discussed rural lawyer shortage has not improved and is in danger of becoming much worse, lawyers and judges are saying.

Basil Eleby, suspect in the I85 fire.

5 Lawyers Representing Homeless Man in I-85 Bridge Fire

Experienced, high-profile lawyers step up to represent the man pro bono in his indictment Friday on arson and criminal damage to property in the first degree charges.

L-R David Pernini and Joe Wargo, Wargo French, Atlanta.

For-Profit University Pays $32M to Settle Whistleblower Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

When Atlanta attorney Joseph Wargo and partner David Pernini first filed a federal whistleblower case against a private, for-profit university with campuses in Atlanta's northern suburbs, they had no idea the litigation would last more than eight years.

Five Firms, AG's Office Take Litigation Department Honors

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Daily Report announced Tuesday the winners in its annual Litigation Departments of the Year program.

Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Jim Mills

Longtime Atlanta attorney James R. "Jim" Mills was an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Georgia Power Co. and Cartel Properties and an ad hoc administrative judge for DeKalb County.