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Agnes Scott College, Decatur Ga. Photo by John Disney/ ALM

Juror Misbehavior Spurs Mistrial in Agnes Scott False Arrest Trial

By Greg Land |

A convoluted trail of litigation stemming from a false sexual assault accusation and arrest at Agnes Scott College more than seven years ago took another detour last week, when reports that a juror had been communicating with a policeman friend about the case spurred a mistrial.

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

Jury Holds Bank Directors Liable for $5 Million in Approval of Bad Loans

By R. Robin McDonald |

The eight directors approved real estate development loans issued by now-defunct Buckhead Community Bank.

Meet the World Series’ Legal Heavy Hitters

They won’t be throwing pitches, taking swings or running bases, but a handful of lawyers have helped shepherd the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians to the World Series, which starts Tuesday night in Cleveland. Both teams are owned (at least in part) by lawyers. And baseball experts call Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations and a 2000 law graduate, the architect of the “lovable losers’” recent turnaround and bid to end their long title drought. Let’s meet these high-powered clubhouse lawyers.

Brooke McGuffey, left, and Michelle Tyde.

Avoid Legal Traps When Drafting a Privacy Policy

By Michelle Tyde and Brooke McGuffey |

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton lawyers share their tips on how to structure privacy policies that will benefit law firms and their clients.

Sharon Rowen’s documentary “Balancing the Scales.”

Atlanta Attorney's Documentary on Gender Bias Features Legal Pioneers

By Angela Morris |

Sharon Rowen's new documentary, "Balancing the Scales," shines a spotlight on the problem. The film features pioneers like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred and former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears.

Jay Mitchell, King & Spalding, Atlanta.

Piedmont CLO Jay Mitchell Joins King & Spalding and Other "On the Move" News

By Meredith Hobbs |

The chief legal officer of Piedmont Healthcare, Jay Mitchell, has joined King & Spalding as senior counsel. Piedmont has not yet announced a new chief legal officer.

How ABA’s Unease Over Trump Article Hatched a First Amendment Flap

As of early October, an article about Donald Trump’s history as a libel plaintiff—one that called him a “libel bully” and a “libel loser,” based on his track record in court—was slated to run in the November issue of Communications Lawyer, a quarterly newsletter from one of the American Bar Association’s member groups.

Law Firms a ‘Petri Dish’ for Bias, Gender Inequity

When a female lawyer files a public complaint against her firm alleging gender discrimination, the firm’s response tends to fit a standard model: a denial of any discrimination and a confirmation of the firm’s commitment to advancing women lawyers.

Community Health Commissioner Clyde Reese, Judge Gail Tusan, Fulton County Superior Court, and Superior Court Judge Tilman E. Self III.

Judicial Nominating Commission Releases Short List for Court of Appeals Job

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Following interviews with 15 candidates, the Judicial Nominating Commission sent a short list of three choices to Gov. Nathan Deal Monday for consideration in filling at least one opening on the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Judge Smacks Down FTC for Venue Shopping

A federal judge in Pennsylvania admonished the Federal Trade Commission for threatening to “pick up its marbles” and go elsewhere for not getting the desired ruling in a reverse payment case involving painkillers.

Government Doesn’t Have to Disclose Names of Terrorist Groups in Refugee Vetting, Court Says

In its second opinion this month involving refugees from Syria, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed that the U.S. government didn’t have to disclose the names of certain terrorist organizations that have come up in vetting asylum applicants.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Open Letter to Governor: Increase Judicial Diversity

Advocacy For Action asks Gov. Nathan Deal to consider increasing the diversity of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Fulton County Superior Court when making selections for upcoming vacancies.

The Walking Dead.

'The Walking Dead' Trademark Infringement Suit Targets Atlanta 'Valhalla' Studio

By R. Robin McDonald |

Ryan Millsap says that, when he and his partner decided to name their new Atlanta business venture Valhalla Studios Atlanta, they had no idea they were treading on the trademark of the Los Angeles motion picture company that produces hit TV show "The Walking Dead."

Justice David Nahmias.

Bar Leaders Don't Like JQC Amendment But Won't Say So Officially

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

For nearly two hours on Friday, member after member of the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors said they opposed Amendment 3, by which voters can decide next month whether to abolish the Judicial Qualifications Commission as an independent, constitutional agency and reconstitute it under the authority of the state Legislature.

How AT&T’s $85B Time Warner Deal Could Pass Regulatory Scrutiny

AT&T Inc.’s proposed $85 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. will face intense regulatory scrutiny from antitrust enforcers, members of Congress and consumer advocates. But, even in an aggressive antitrust climate, the deal could still find a path to regulatory approval.

Professional Services Firms Increasingly a Target of Pay Equity Suits

Lawyers, accountants and software engineers–they might have jobs that pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, but for many women that’s not enough. In class actions filed over the past five years against firms like Goldman Sachs, Chadbourne & Parke, Microsoft Corp. and Twitter Inc., women have alleged men in top leadership positions are making all the decisions on pay and promotions – and it’s clear that they don’t want women to get ahead.

Joyce Gist Lewis, left, and George Shingler of Lewis & Shingler.

Jury Weighing Whether Directors of Failed Bank Must Repay Feds

By R. Robin McDonald |

Closing arguments were heard in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s $17 million negligence lawsuit against directors of the defunct Buckhead Community Bank.

Scientists Create Artificial Intelligence Software That Can Predict Trial Results

Artificial intelligence has become one of the hottest trends in Big Law, with a number of major U.S. and international law firms starting to use machine learning technology in an attempt to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Obama Administration Champions Pay Equity, But Some Allege Overreach

The first actions that a president takes after entering office say a lot about what the leader’s goals will be going forward. And so it was with President Barack Obama, who on Jan. 29, 2009, signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which lengthened the statute of limitations for plaintiffs to file lawsuits alleging pay discrimination.

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

When Sharing Offices, Appearances Matter

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

As a result of advances in technology, attorneys can now work from virtually anywhere and often require less space for the storage of physical files. Thus, with less need for significant amounts of office space, attorneys may increasingly be tempted to share offices with other attorneys who have separate law practices. After all, sharing office space can not only save money on the rent, it can also reduce costs through the sharing of receptionists, office supplies, and other operational expenses.

Linley Jones

Legal Malpractice Suit Against Lewis Brisbois Resolved

By Greg Land |

A legal malpractice suit against Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and former partner Edward McAfee has apparently settled.

Though Not the Diva, Justice Ginsburg Snags Juicy Part in Opera

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been promoted. Ginsburg—a passionate, lifelong opera fan—will have a speaking part as The Duchess of Krakenthorp in the Nov. 12 opening night of the opera, “The Daughter of the Regiment,” presented by the Washington National Opera.

Note to Law Firm Bullies: Your Managing Partner is Afraid of You

Big Law rainmakers enjoy some well-known privileges. The cash. The prestige. Maybe even some free weekends.

Assault on Wage Gap Forcing Industry to Pay More Than Lip Service

The movement to bring gender pay equity to the American workforce has been around for more than 50 years, but in the last two has hit a seemingly fever pitch. Women are filing multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits against their employers, more than half of the United States has moved to enact some form of tougher pay equity legislation and the concept of pay equality has become a focal point of the presidential election.

An advertisement for Trump University.

Trump's Trial Lawyers Want Campaign Comments Excluded

By Elliott Spagat |
Comedian Terry Hodges.

Spurned Client Might Get Last Laugh in Legal-Mal Suit

By Greg Land |

Terry Hodges is accusing Gordon & Rees of mishandling his case against Chris Tucker and Netflix.

Man Who Threatened to ‘Kill and Eat’ Judge’s Kids Loses Appeal

A man who threatened to murder a judge and his wife and “kill and eat” their children lost his appeal this week in the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Midsize Firm Leaders Fight Gender Pay Gap With Data

In a legal market still plagued by gender-based pay inequity, midsize and small firms have the ability, and some say responsibility, to carefully track how partner compensation is determined and make sure it is not affected by gender bias.

‘Bush v. Gore’ Lawyers Sound Off on Trump’s Debate Comments

Barry Richard bristles at comparisons between Donald Trump’s refusal this week to commit to accepting the results of the November election and Bush v. Gore in 2000.

Wendy Williamson, Atlanta Ga.

Political Debates Show the Pull of Frames

By Wendy Williamson |

Savannah mediator Wendy Williamson writes that, in a world of sound bites, 24-hour news and increasing divisiveness, "frames" must be managed thoughtfully—especially by attorneys and mediators.

Paul Hastings Latest Big Firm to Dabble in Data Analytics

While many law firms are contracting with outside companies to use the most up-to-date technology to review data for electronic discovery purposes, Paul Hastings has developed a system internally that the firm said goes a step further.

On Happiness Scale, Partners Rank High (No, Really)

For those who think Big Law partners are miserable, lost souls, I’ve got news for you: They are quite happy, thank you. Plus, they’re making bundles of money. And guess what? Many wouldn’t dream of scaling down their practice (and the money) for more free time. In sum, they like what they’re doing and how they’re doing it.

Alicia Grahn Jones, Kilpatrick Townsend, Atlanta.

Women Lawyers' Group Opposes Amendment to Abolish JQC

By R. Robin McDonald |

The president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers said Thursday that the organization will oppose passage of an amendment on the November ballot to abolish the state Judicial Qualifications Commission as a constitutionally independent judicial watchdog and, instead, give the General Assembly sole authority to remake and govern it.

Judge Chris McFadden.

Running Shoe Shooter to Receive New Trial Due to Juror Misconduct

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A juror's internet and other extraneous research tainted the conviction of Marcus Lloyd, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled.

Trump Predicts Roe v. Wade Falls ‘Automatically’ If He Makes SCOTUS Picks

The final presidential debate Wednesday night left unanswered a raft of questions about the future of the U.S. Supreme Court, including the fate of nominee Merrick Garland, and instead focused on the candidates’ well-versed positions on guns and abortion.

Dementia Dilemma: When Older Partners Pose a Liability

He’s a senior partner at the firm—an accomplished, 50-year attorney and beloved mentor—who has begun to arrive late for court. He forgets key facts in cases. He dresses a little sloppily. He’s frequently impatient and quick to anger. It’s a scenario that’s becoming more common as baby boomers enter retirement age.

Loretta Lynch

Justice Dept. Will Send Fewer Election Observers to the Polls

By Eric Tucker |

Fewer trained observers will be sent in the first election since the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated a cornerstone of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Condemned murderer Gregory Paul Lawler died by lethal injection late Wednesday night at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Lawler was sentenced to death in 2000 for the murder of Atlanta Police Officer John Sowa.

Witness to an Execution: Quiet End to a Case That Began With Gunfire

By Greg Land |

Nineteen years after killing Atlanta Police Officer John Sowa and leaving fellow Officer Patricia Cocciolone permanently brain-damaged with a hail of gunfire, Gregory Paul Lawler met his end late Wednesday night.

Cartersville attorney and former JQC Chairman Lester Tate (from left), Southern Center for Human Rights executive director Sara Totonchi and Georgia state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, speaking at a panel discussion sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Senator Claims House 'Personal Animus' Behind Constitutional Amendment

By R. Robin McDonald |

State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, and other panelists discussed the legislative process behind the proposed amendment to abolish the state Judicial Qualifications Commission at a panel sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the American Constitution Society Tuesday night

Superior Court Judge Tilman E. Self III.

High Court Replaces Judge on Watchdog Agency

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia has appointed Tilman "Tripp" Self III, chief judge of the Macon Judicial Circuit, to one of its two seats at the state judicial watchdog agency.

Georgia State Welcomes Law School Gift From Koch Foundation

The legal academy has found a generous new benefactor in the Charles Koch Foundation—the higher education-focused charity established in 1980 by libertarian-leaning billionaire Charles Koch.

Litigation Funders Planning a New Role: Law Firm Ownership

Finance has a long history of creative expansion. Financing lawsuits is proving to be no exception.

‘The Good Wife’ Actor Asks for Law Students’ Help on Election Day

Hillary Clinton Wants You! (If you’re a lawyer or law student.) The Clinton campaign is asking attorneys and law students to volunteer as poll observers or to staff voter-protection hotlines on election day as part of the Hillary for America Victory Counsel.

Attorney Accused of Copying NFL Concussion Complaint in Suit Against WWE

The legal equivalent of folding chairs and ladders are flying in World Wrestling Entertainment’s concussion litigation involving some 50 former wrestlers.

Claud L. (Tex) McIver.

Autopsy Report Released in McIver Shooting

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Fulton County Medical Examiner has released the autopsy report for Diane McIver, who was fatally shot in the back Sept. 25 when a gun discharged through the back seat of the vehicle she was riding in.

Jailed 96 Days on Bogus Charge: It Is No One's Fault?

By Jeff Amy |

Civil liberties advocates in have been waging legal battles to reform Mississippi's criminal justice system, which provides almost no state funding for public defenders. Similar lawsuits have been filed across the country.

The Red and the Blue: From Climate to Health Care, State AGs Are Drawing Legal Battle Lines

The Exxon Mobil case—pitting the emblematic blue state, Massachusetts, against the prototypical red state, Texas—illustrates the growing influence of state attorneys general on national policy, and their increasing willingness to deploy the resources of their offices to drive their policy preferences.

Law Firm’s TV Ad Draws Fire From Defense Bar

In the nearly four decades since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of attorneys to advertise their services, the public has become accustomed to lawyers and law firms trumpeting their prowess in fighting for folks injured by bad doctors, flawed pharmaceuticals, workplace hazards and errant drivers.

L-R Andrew Bagley, Spencer Bomar, Dan McGrew, Heather Miller, Paul Weathington and Molly Weathington.

Carlock Copeland Veteran Takes Med-Mal Team to Weathington Firm—And Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Dan McGrew has left Carlock, Copeland & Stair after 32 years to join medical-malpractice boutique Weathington Smith—now renamed Weathington McGrew—bringing a six-person litigation team of three lawyers and three staff.

W. Carl Reynolds, left, and Bradley J. Survant

Jury Awards $9.7M to Family of Driver in Wreck on Rainy I-16

By Greg Land |

A Twiggs County jury awarded more than $9.7 million to the family of a man killed on a rain-slicked Middle Georgia interstate, finding the state Department of Transportation liable for $7.3 million of the judgment.

Women Law Students Say Pay Disparity is Systemic Problem

Natalie Vernon has spent the past year drawing attention to gender inequality in all corners of the legal profession as president of the Harvard Law Women’s Law Association.

ACLU Sues for Voter Registration Extension in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The civil rights group said racial minorities and young people in Georgia are most likely to register right before the deadline.

Nickolas Chilivis of Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever, Atlanta.

Remembering Nick Chilivis, Atlanta Litigation Firm Founder

By Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever |

Colleagues write in tribute to the man who founded Atlanta litigation firm Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever.

What Should Fox’s Chris Wallace Ask Clinton, Trump About SCOTUS?

From litmus tests to same-sex marriage to outside-the-box nominees, lawyers in Washington and around the country have U.S. Supreme Court questions in mind for Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate.

Virgil Adams (from left), James Jordan, Caroline Herrington, of Adams, Jordan & Herrington, Macon, Georgia

Verdict: Albany, Ga. Liable for $10.6M in Illegal Club Murder

By Greg Land |

A Dougherty County jury awarded $15.2 million to the parents of a young man murdered at a recording studio that actually functioned as an unlicensed nightclub, apportioning 70 percent of the liability—more than $10.6 million—to the only defendant participating in the trial: the city of Albany.

Autism Diagnosis Cited in Appeal to Halt Ga. Execution

By Kate Brumback |

A Georgia death row inmate's recent autism diagnosis helps explain his actions the night he killed one police officer and wounded another, his lawyers argued in a clemency application declassified Monday.

Residents stand amidst the rubble of destroyed homes as they watch a U.S. military helicopter land to deliver USAID relief supplies in Anse d'Hainault, southwestern Haiti on Oct. 14. The town has seen a spike in cholera cases after suffering severe damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Spouses at Separate Law Firms Launch Haiti Fundraising Challenge

By Cary Ichter |

Ichter Davis and HPB challenge the rest of the Atlanta legal community to match them—or even do more to ease hunger in Haiti and help them rebuild from earthquake and hurricane.

Women Law Students Say Pay Disparity is Systemic Problem

Natalie Vernon has spent the past year drawing attention to gender inequality in all corners of the legal profession as president of the Harvard Law Women’s Law Association.

In Clash Over Trump Article, a Lawyer’s Letter Goes Viral

David McCraw is used to working behind the scenes at the country’s largest metropolitan newspaper. Last week, he became part of the news.

Georgia Supreme Court

High Court Suspends 2; Votes 6-1 Against Voluntary Discipline

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued discipline decisions involving three attorneys.

In Clash Over Trump Article, a Lawyer’s Letter Goes Viral

David McCraw is used to working behind the scenes at the country’s largest metropolitan newspaper. Last week, he became part of the news.

Is Origination to Blame for Women Partners’ Lower Pay?

In the face of a glaring pay gap between male and female partners, some firm leaders point to the emphasis on origination credit as the key culprit. But moving away from such a model may not be so easy.

Judge Jerry Baxter

Judge Jerry Baxter: '42 Years Is Enough'

By Greg Land |

For many Atlantans, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter will always be associated with the trial of a dozen Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of cheating on standardized tests. After the trial, Baxter said he would soon be putting himself "out to pasture."

Federal Judge Extends Voter Registration Deadline

By Russ Bynam |

U.S. District Court Judge William Moore Jr. rules that residents of Chatham County be allowed to register through Tuesday, Oct. 18—a week after the original deadline passed—in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Chriss Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, accepts the Georgia First Amendment Foundation's Weltner Freedom of Information Award from Susan Weltner Yow. Photo by John McCosh, Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

Film Group Accepts Award for Pushing Stronger Anti-SLAPP Law in Georgia

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Georgia First Amendment Foundation on Thursday awarded the Motion Picture Association of America for its work this year to expand Georgia's law against so-called SLAPP suits, also known as strategic litigation against public participation.

Recusal Questions Crop Up in Ethics Case Against Alabama’s Ex-Chief Justice

Alabama’s former chief justice, ousted last month for his actions defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage, publicly called this week for four of his fellow justices to recuse themselves from hearing his appeal of the suspension. Charging the justices with bias, attorneys for former Chief Justice Roy Moore say the firebrand judge wants a “fair and objective panel” to hear his case.

Rolling Stone Readies for First Defamation Trial Over UVA Rape Article

Nearly two years after Rolling Stone published the since-retracted article, “A Rape on Campus,” a federal jury is set to decide if the magazine defamed a college administrator who says she was falsely depicted as indifferent to an alleged rape victim.

ALM Intelligence: Q&A with Baker Donelson Chairman and CEO Ben Adams

The firm that is today known as Baker Donelson was founded in the late 1800s. It is a storied institution in the state of Tennessee. Indeed, the name Baker refers to one of its legacy firms, founded by the grandfather of the late Howard Baker, Jr., who served as U.S. Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff and who was the firm’s last lawyer at the original Huntsville office until his death in 2014.

Judges line up to enter The Basilica Of The Sacred Heart for the 2016 Red Mass. Foreground, from left, Justice Harold Hines, retired Justice George Carley, Justice Carol Hunstein and Chief Justice Hugh Thompson.

Judges, Lawyers and Police Gather in Prayer at Red Mass

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Atlanta's annual Red Mass for judges and lawyers to pray for peace and justice at the start of a new judicial calendar took on especially solemn tones Thursday with remembrances of lives lost to violent clashes between police officers and citizens.

Aaron's Celebrates Progress for Women

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A year ago, two in-house lawyers at Aaron's launched the company's first leadership initiative for women. The program celebrated its first year on Wednesday night an event attended by more than 100 people, including guest speaker Sara Doyle, chief judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, and former Falcons running back Warrick Dunn.

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

Jones Day Advises Newell on $1.95 Billion Sale of Tool Business

By Meredith Hobbs |

The deal, announced Wednesday, is part of the consumer products giant's "new strategic plan" to sharpen its "portfolio choices and investment priorities that will focus on the businesses with the greatest potential for growth."

Lawyer Ditches Big Law for Blowholes

“Save the Whales” isn’t just a slogan to attorney Natalie Barefoot. It’s her job description. Barefoot bills herself as the world’s only “cetacean lawyer,” working exclusively on law and policy matters pertaining to the planet’s whales and dolphins.

Sedgwick Partner’s Pay Bias Suit Likely Headed to Arbitration

A female Sedgwick partner who sued the firm earlier this year for gender discrimination will likely have to make her case to an arbitrator.

Fulton County Courthouse.

Nominations Sought for Upcoming Fulton Superior Court Vacancy

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission is soliciting nominations to fill the seat of retiring Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter, who is stepping down Dec. 31.

Meredith Lackey, general counsel, senior vice president and corporate secretary of Georgia Power.

Georgia Power Taps New General Counsel

By Kristen Rasmussen |

After four years as the top lawyer at Colonial Pipeline Co., Meredith Lackey is headed to Georgia Power.

In Wake of Matthew, Groups Sue to Extend Voter Registration in Chatham County

Civil rights lawyers file Wednesday in Savannah on behalf of voter registration advocates, asking for the deadline to be extended until Oct. 18, either in Chatham County or for the entire state.

DeKalb County State Court Judge Stacey Hydrick

Parties Quickly Settle After Judge Orders New Trial in Med-Mal Case

By Greg Land |

After the DeKalb County judge threw out a $15 million verdict and ordered a new trial over comments made by a plaintiffs lawyer, a deal was made.

Sara Totonchi

New Coalition Formed to Fight Constitutional Move to Abolish Court Watchdog

By R. Robin McDonald |

Just a month before voters decide on a constitutional amendment that, if approved, would abolish the state judicial watchdog agency and give the General Assembly sole authority to remake it, a coalition of citizens and nonpartisan organizations has formed to combat the amendment's passage.

Legal Malpractice Claims Settling Faster, ABA Study Suggests

Legal malpractice claims have been resolving sooner and seeing fewer resolutions where no money is paid out, according to results of an ABA study that suggest insurers and law firms are settling claims earlier as litigation costs go up.

No Violation ‘Too Small’ as SEC Sets Enforcement Record

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission saw a record number of enforcement actions this past fiscal year, a sign the commission is looking beyond headline-grabbing cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars, according to one attorney.

Male Partners Make 44 Percent More Than Women, Survey Shows

By Lizzy Mclellan |

The average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners, a new survey released Thursday by Major, Lindsey & Africa found.

Sam Olens, left, and Chris Carr

Olens Appointed KSU President, Chris Carr Named AG

By Greg Land |

Shortly after the Board of Regents appointed Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens as president of Kennesaw State University at its meeting Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal confirmed long-circulating rumors in tapping Department of Economic Development Director Chris Carr as Georgia's next attorney general.

Attorney General to Leave Office, Lead Georgia University

Georgia's Attorney General Sam Olens has been chosen as the next president of Kennesaw State University.

'Flip This House' Star to Face Renovated RICO Case

More than 160 students who took real estate seminars from Armando Montelongo, the Texas investor made famous from “Flip This House,” have dismissed their $12 million racketeering case with plans to bring new claims in Texas.

Employment Bar Shaken by Ruling That Restricts Age Bias Protections

Days after it came down, the employment bar is still dissecting a complicated en banc ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that says older job applicants can’t bring discrimination suits based on a theory of disparate impact.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building

FDIC Seeks to Recoup $17M in Bank Collapse Trial

By R. Robin McDonald |

A civil trial opened involving some of metro Atlanta's most prominent and successful businessmen as the FDIC pursuses compensation for losses the agency assumed when the Buckhead Community Bank collapsed in 2009.

Justices Appear Stumped in Apple-Samsung Tussle Over Patent Damages

The U.S Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed eager to split the baby—or the smartphone— in the titanic design patent battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., but it struggled to find a way to do it.

Florida Man Says He Was Hired to Kill Law Prof Over Custody Dispute

A Miami man who last week pleaded guilty to the 2014 murder of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel has told police that he and an accomplice were hired to kill Markel in connection with a custody dispute.

New Grant Means Mental Health Treatment Instead of Jail

By Greg Land |

The $250,000 grant boosts efforts in the Fulton County Superior Court to divert people into treatment.

5 Lawyers Over 90: Unstoppable Old-Timers

Talk about stamina. We’ve highlighted five attorneys in Big Law who are over the age of 90 and still practicing. Sure, they may squeeze in the occasional game of bridge or a “Matlock” rerun now and then, but for the most part these lawyers simply will not quit. Impressive.

Juliette Pryor, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Cox Enterprises.

Cox Hires New GC from US Foods

By Kristen Rasmussen |

After seven years as the top lawyer at US Foods, Juliette Pryor is making a move to Cox Enterprises, the Atlanta-based communications, media and automative services company.

Brian Henry

Opportunities Energize GE Executive Counsel for M&A

By Mary Smith Judd |

Early experiences, from Am Law 25 firms to in-house and executive positions at Wal-Mart, led to deep international expertise in corporate law, complance and cross-border M&As.

Law Firm's TV Ad Sparks Defense Bar Backlash

By Greg Land |

In the commercial, a Morgan & Morgan partner tells viewers that insurance companies, not drivers, foot the bill for verdicts in most car crash cases but that's something "insurance companies don't want you to know."

Mark Carlson, Baker Donelson, Atlanta

Carlson Rejoins Baker Donelson—And Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

After a stint as general counsel for a local tech company, he's back in a newly created position to oversee the firm's law department.

Winter 2014 inductees to the State Bar of Georgia

Tell Us About Your First Days as a Lawyer

Hundreds of newly-minted lawyers will be set to join the practice of law when the results of the Georgia Bar Exam are announced at the end of the month.

Mylan’s $465M EpiPen Settlement Unlikely to End Scrutiny

Just before the close of business last Friday, Mylan N.V. announced it would pay $465 million to the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies to resolve regulatory questions about the company’s alleged misclassification of the EpiPen device for purposes of Medicaid rebates.

A Lawyer's Open Letter to Bar Examiner Chairman

The Georgia Board of Bar Examiners should do more than acknowledge its wrong after incorrectly failing 90 bar exam takers; it should help recover what was lost.

New Firepower in Shocking Suit Against Trump

If you thought the presidential election couldn’t get any uglier, guess again. Because a suit against Donald Trump alleging that he raped a 13-year-old girl has new life.

Panel Rules Forced Ultrasound Probe Violates Women’s Rights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta has revived a lawsuit filed by former students who sued faculty members at a public college in Florida for requiring women to endure invasive ultrasound probing, saying the practice violates the Constitution.

7th Circuit Rejects Taxi Companies’ Challenge to Chicago’s Uber Ordinance

Just as dogs aren’t like cats, Uber isn’t the same as a taxi cab service. And there’s no reason that all of them should be regulated the same way according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit which blessed the Chicago ordinance which allows smartphone-based ride sharing services to operate in the city.

NY Cybersecurity Regs Could Spur Legal Work Nationwide

Attorneys around the country are already fielding calls from clients about New York’s recently proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions and insurers, which, if enacted, could have both immediate and long-term implications far beyond the state’s borders.

Longtime Ga. Judicial Education Official to Retire

By R. Robin McDonald |

The longtime executive director of Georgia's Institute of Continuing Judicial Education said he plans to retire Dec. 31 after more than three decades designing and directing orientation and continuing education programs for the state's judges and their staffs.

Morris Schneider Wittstadt, Buford, Georgia

Morris Schneider Wittstadt's Failure Sparks Another Suit

By Meredith Hobbs |

Litigation arising from the failure of Morris Hardwick Schneider continues to pile up.

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

Understanding the Greatest Sources of Risk for Lawyers

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Determining why legal malpractice claims occur and how they are resolved can provide an invaluable roadmap to practitioners and insurers.

In Debate with Trump, Clinton Says She’d Look Outside 'Big Law' for Supreme Court Nominees

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested Sunday night she might avoid lawyers who worked at “a big law firm and maybe clerked for a judge” without “real life experiences” in picking nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court if she is elected.

John Chou, Elisa Garcia, Kirkland Hicks and Maryanne Lavan (left to right) at the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association's 2016 annual in-house counsel dinner. (photo by Rebecca Breyer/freelance photographer)

At Atlanta Event, GCs Dish on Worst Law Firm Pitches They've Seen

One law firm made a silly blunder when it was pitching Maryanne Lavan, the top lawyer at Lockheed Martin. The firm's lawyers showed up with binders depicting an airplane manufactured by another company.

Lindsay R.M. Jones

Arrested Development Leads to More Unrest

By Lindsay R.M. Jones |

The intersection of race and poverty continue to play an integral role in maintaining historical disparities in the distribution of social and economic opportunities, but pilot programs in DeKalb and Fulton counties are seeking to create better options.

Judge Kristina Cook Graham

Two North Georgia Judges Oust Colleague as Chief Judge

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two judges removed the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit's new chief judge—the daughter of Bobby Lee Cook—by changing the rules, then voting her out.

Panel Rules Forced Ultrasound Probe Violates Women’s Rights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta has revived a lawsuit filed by former students who sued faculty members at a public college in Florida for requiring women to endure invasive ultrasound probing, saying the practice violates the Constitution.

Atlanta Lawyer Tangles With 'Voodoo Cowboy' in Legal Fees Dispute

By Greg Land |

A high-dollar fee dispute has erupted between former co-counsel in seven medical malpractice cases, pitting a local lawyer against a colorful Texas personal injury attorney and an Illinois lawyer.

Research Continues to Expose Implicit Bias

By Amanda Farahany and TK Smith |

Growing area of science studying racial and gender attitudes is so important in law that the ABA has devoted a section to the subject.

With Matthew Coming, Heads Turn to Hurricane Attorneys

Meteorologists are calling it an “extremely dangerous” hurricane. With Category 4 winds ranging from 130 mph to 156 mph Hurricane Matthew is storming toward Florida shores Thursday afternoon.

Film About Emory Prof’s Libel Case Reveals Layers of Law’s Complexity: Movie Review

Tom Wilkinson earned an Oscar nomination portraying a corporate litigator in the midst of a nervous breakdown in “Michael Clayton,” the 2007 George Clooney film about fixers, liars and other ugly fictional players in the legal profession.

Partner Says Giuliani Initiated Leave from Greenberg Traurig Until Campaign Ends

With the presidential election nearly a month away and Rudy Giuliani increasingly visible in his support for Republican nominee Donald Trump, the former New York mayor will step away from Greenberg Traurig, a partner in the firm confirmed on Thursday.

Law School Lovebirds Enjoy Simpatico in Married Life

When one thinks of law school, the words “true love” may not spring to mind. But law school romances led to long-term marriage for both the Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates—Hillary Clinton met Bill when both attended Yale Law School, and Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, met at Harvard Law School.

Claud L. (Tex) McIver.

McIver's Lawyer Says 'No Criminal Aspect' to Shooting

By Meredith Hobbs |

Criminal defense attorney Stephen Maples, who was called to the hospital the night his friend Claud "Tex" McIver's wife, Diane McIver, died from a gunshot wound, said he expected no criminal charges to be filed against Tex McIver in what Maples said was an accidental shooting.

Justices Wary of Tinkering with Insider-Trading Prosecutions

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared reluctant Wednesday to loosen the rules that have governed insider-trading prosecutions for more than 30 years, brushing aside the 2014 Newman appeals court decision that made it harder for the government to go after tippers and tippees.

ADR Business Wakes Up to Glaring Deficit of Diversity

It’s no secret that Big Law firms and courthouses around the country have struggled with diversity. But even amid incremental progress on those fronts, alternative dispute resolution has been a stubborn enclave of homogeneity.

Sarah Geraghty of the Southern Center for Human Rights

Civil Rights Lawyers Sue to End Victim Fees in Columbus

By R. Robin McDonald |

Attorneys with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta are suing the city of Columbus and the chief judge of the city Recorder's Court to end a practice they contend violates the rights of domestic violence victims by imposing "an illegal victim fee" and jailing women who fail to pay up.

Law Firms Come to Terms with Shifting Space Needs

The legal profession may have been slower to adopt current workspace trends than other occupiers, but a new report from Savills Studley makes it clear that change is coming.

Law Profs Turn to Hamilton (Yes, the Musical) as Teaching Tool

What can law students learn from the hit musical “Hamilton”? Quite a bit, according to University of Chicago Law School Professor Will Baude, who made the musical’s recent arrival in the Windy City the centerpiece of his welcome address to new law students last month.

Atlanta task force for the homeless building

Trial on Hold, Atlanta Moves to Buy Task Force Shelter Building

By Greg Land |

During a tumultuous Monday meeting, Atlanta City Council votes to enter into negotiations to buy the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless' sprawling shelter, as "intense" settlement negotiations continue and a trial over the property's ownership is postponed.

Edward Tolley, Ga. Public Defender Standards Council. Photo By John Disney 12-02-2011

Justice's Committee Rewriting Legislation That Would Govern New JQC

By R. Robin McDonald |

The public has not yet voted on a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the state judicial watchdog agency and give the Legislature sole authority to remake it, but a committee convened by state Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias is already rewriting legislation passed last spring that radically reconfigured the agency and made its operations more secretive.

Sam Olens

Regents Share Letter From AG on Why He Wants to Be KSU President

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Attorney General Sam Olens' closed-door job interview with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Tuesday afternoon apparently went well.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

County Wins Battle With Atlanta Over Taxable Land, But War May Continue

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion Monday saying the city of Atlanta was never on solid legal ground in seeking a declaratory judgment on its right to annex land that was part of the Fulton County Industrial District tax zone.

George Nowack and Julie Howard of NowackHoward

Weissman Partners Launch Community Association Firm—And Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Two of the state's most-experienced community association lawyers, George Nowack Jr. and Julie Howard, have left real estate firm Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, to launch their own firm, NowackHoward, with Weissman's community association practice. Their new firm has nine lawyers, with nine paralegals and staff.

Scott Bailey

Huff Powell Bailey's Big Week: Two Defense Wins, Settlement

By Greg Land |

In one of three wins last week, a DeKalb County jury handed Huff Powell & Bailey lawyers Scott Bailey and Michael Frankson a defense win in a medical malpractice suit seeking more than $6 million.

Not Even Rudy Giuliani's Partners at Greenberg Traurig Support Trump

If there’s one law firm that stands to gain by a Trump victory in November, it would seem to be Greenberg Traurig, where top campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani is a partner.

Shortlist Sent to Deal for Seats on High Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

From 51 candidates interviewed, Gov. Nathan Deal now has 13 names to consider in filling a rare set of three openings on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Pathetic Parallels: Big Law and Corporate America

By Vivia Chen / The Careerist |

Female lawyers of America, take heart: You are not the only ones stuck in your careers. Your sisters in Corporate America are just as screwed.

Outspoken Patent Critic Lee Cheng Leaves Newegg

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Lee Cheng, the longtime top lawyer at Newegg Inc. and an outspoken critic of the patent system, has made a big career move.

Tenet Pays Whopping $516 Million to Settle Kickback Cases

By R. Robin McDonald |

Texas-based Tenet Healthcare, which owns hospitals across the nation, and two former Tenet hospitals in metro Atlanta have agreed to pay more than $516 million to settle federal whistleblower cases.

Sam Olens

It's Official: AG Interviewing for Job as University President

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has an interview for a new job Tuesday: president of Kennesaw State University. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Monday announced the meeting and its chancellor identified Olens as the candidate.

Walton County Jury Awards $2.5M to Cop Hit on Expressway

By Greg Land |

A Walton County jury awarded $2.5 million to a DeKalb County police officer struck as he investigated a 2011 wreck on I-20, rejecting defense claims that the driver who caused the original wreck should shoulder liability for the officer's injuries.

Georgia Supreme Court

Supreme Court Turns Down Gun Rights Group Targeting Law Commission

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a gun rights group does not have legal standing in its attempt to unseat members of a little-known commission made up of attorneys and judges charged with publishing new state laws.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

Justices Won't Hear Appeal Over Florida Man's Death Sentence

The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Florida's appeal of a lower court ruling that threw out the death sentence of a Jacksonville man convicted of a 1984 murder.

Nine Disciplined by Georgia Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued discipline decisions.

State Bar Congratulates Hines on Election as Chief Justice

Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines of the Supreme Court of Georgia was elected by his colleagues to serve as chief justice beginning Jan. 6, 2017, succeeding current Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson, who is retiring.

U.S. Firms Abroad, an Interactive Road Map

American law firms continue to spread all over the world, but some markets are more appealing than others. So we’ve tracked the hot spots from the past three years.

Look at Me—and My Ballot! Appeals Court OKs Ballot Selfies

A ruling issued Wednesday by the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals rebuffed New Hampshire’s statute “meant to avoid vote buying and voter intimidation by newly forbidding citizens from photographing their marked ballots and publicizing such photographs. While the photographs need not show the voter, they often do and are commonly referred to as ‘ballot selfies,’ ” the opinion says.

Alabama's Chief Justice Off Bench for Defying Feds on Gay Marriage

By Kim Chandler |

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's defiance of federal court rulings on gay marriage violated judicial ethics, a disciplinary court ruled on Friday before suspending him for the rest of his term. The punishment effectively removes Moore from office without the nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary officially ousting him. Given his age, he will not be able to run for chief justice again under state law.

Judge Yvette Miller, at left, and Judge Lisa Branch

In Two Rulings, Appeals Court Weighs In on ADR Clauses

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

For SunTrust Bank, it was a clear defeat. But Kindred Nursing Centers will get a second chance to defend its patient arbitration agreement.

Court of Appeals Judge Herbert E. Phipps at unveiling of his portrait.

At Phipps Portrait Unveiling, a Packed Room, Plenty of Praise and a Call to Action

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

"Much remains to be done," said Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Herbert Phipps, who will retire at the end of November.

SCOTUS Term That Starts Off Slow Could End With a Bang

By Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle |

As the US Supreme Court gets ready to open its fall term on Oct. 3, the political tussle that has left it one justice short may make invisibility impossible. But the court’s caseload for the fall is unlikely to make too many front pages—at least through Election Day.

Federal Appeals Court Rules for Employer in Dreadlock Discrimination Case

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of an employer who banned dreadlocks at work in a discrimination case filed against it by a black employee.

Claud L. (Tex) McIver.

Fisher & Phillips Partner Accidentally Shot Wife After Carjacking Fears, Spokesman Says

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver accidentally shot his wife Diane McIver as they were being driven through Atlanta, according to family friend acting as a spokesperson.

Like 'Gone Girl': Disbarred Immigration Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bizarre Kidnap Plot

A Harvard Law School graduate and former San Francisco immigration attorney pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of kidnapping as part of a bizarre plot straight out of the movie “Gone Girl.”

Federal Suits Claim Segregation, Abuse of Disabled Students

By Travis Loller |

Nearly 40 years after federal laws began requiring schools to educate disabled students alongside their nondisabled peers as much as possible, many of these children are still channeled into separate and unequal educational programs, often because of serious behavioral challenges that come along with their disabilities.

Supreme Court To Weigh Limits on What Merchants Can Say About Swipe Fees

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide a high-stakes retail business case with a First Amendment twist: can states dictate what merchants say to their customers about the different prices they charge for credit card and cash payments?

Rule Barring Arbitration in Nursing Home Contracts Will Face Legal Tests, Lawyers Say

Plaintiffs’ attorneys love it. Defense attorneys hate it. But everyone agrees on one thing: The new rule barring federally funded nursing home facilities from forcing disputes into arbitration will likely face a legal challenge.

Mitchell Scoggins.

State Legislators Unmoved by Judge's Questionable Practices

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Georgia probate judge whose complaints spurred an attack on the state's judicial watchdog has been accused of breaching defendants' constitutional rights and open courtroom requirements.

Norman Brothers, Jr., Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of UPS.

UPS GC: Firms Come to Pitches Surprisingly Ill-Prepared

Norm Brothers, the general counsel of UPS, likes to keep his outside law firm on their toes. Even UPS's go-to firms are asked to submit RFPs. And firms that want work are expected to bring their A game to pitches.

What Clients Want—Court Time for Junior Lawyers but Also Control

By Ross Todd |

When a federal judge in Brooklyn last week chastised Facebook Inc. and a prominent law firm for sending a junior lawyer to handle a terrorism-related case, the move highlighted the conundrum that in-house lawyers face when trying to find stand-up courtroom opportunities for new lawyers.

Law Schools Must Confront Students’ Alcohol, Mental Health Problems: Opinion

The first-ever national study of drinking, drug use, depression and anxiety in the legal profession, published in February in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, showed that “grossly wanting” would be a charitable characterization of the current state of health and well-being among lawyers. “Awful” is the undissembled truth.

iStockphoto/Federico Caputo

Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Smarter Than You?

Applying artificial intelligence to the practice of law is no longer the stuff of science fiction. But what does legal AI really offer right now? How fast is it improving? And who stands to benefit the most? Meet the people and firms pioneering the answers to those questions below. New technologies will change the way you practice. Here’s how.

Former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to Join Munger, Tolles & Olson

Ending months of speculation, former U.S. solicitor general Donald Verrilli Jr. will join Los Angeles-based Munger, Tolles & Olson and will open a Washington, D.C. office for the firm, Munger announced on Wednesday.

Judges, Including One From the 11th Circuit, Talk Faith, Duty and the Law

Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has boosted diversity on the federal bench with his judicial picks. This month he added a name to his list of barrier-busting nominees: Abid Qureshi, believed to be the first Muslim tapped for a federal judgeship.

Alabama Justice Faces Possible Ouster Over Gay Marriage

By Kim Chandler |

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from office again, this time for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, lawyers for a disciplinary commission argued on Wednesday.

Ron Gaither

Baker & Hostetler Lands Schiff Hardin Sports Law Partner; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ron Gaither, a litigator whose clients include the Atlanta Braves, has joined Baker & Hostetler's fast-growing Atlanta office as a partner from Schiff Hardin.

Sam Olens, left, and Chris Carr

Governor's Lawyer: Olens, Carr Both Good Fits for Potential Appointments

By Greg Land |

No one involved will confirm rumors that state Attorney General Sam Olens is about to be named president of Kennesaw State University or that Department of Economic Development Director Chris Carr will be tapped to replace him.

Law Schools Must Confront Students’ Alcohol, Mental Health Problems: Opinion

By Patrick Krill |

The first-ever national study of drinking, drug use, depression and anxiety in the legal profession, published in February in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, showed that “grossly wanting” would be a charitable characterization of the current state of health and well-being among lawyers. “Awful” is the undissembled truth.

Is It Disrespectful to Send an Associate to Court? Maybe Not.

Was it disrespectful for a law firm to send an associate to federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to represent a big client, in this case Facebook Inc., to a pretrial conference unaccompanied by partners?

On Law School Exam Answers, the Longer the Better

Try being wordy. Some judges rail against verbose court filings, but longer law school exam responses tend to net higher grades, according to a new study by a pair of professors at Brigham Young University J. Rueben Clark Law School and a campus statistician.

Claud L. (Tex) McIver.

Wife of Prominent Fisher & Phillips Partner Dies From Gunshot Wound

By Meredith Hobbs |

Diane McIver, the president of Corey Airport Services and the wife of prominent Atlanta attorney Tex McIver of Fisher & Phillips, died Sunday night from a gunshot wound she suffered while riding in a car in Midtown, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Pumping and Practicing: A Delicate Balance for Breastfeeding Lawyers

Riding the elevator down after a day of work, associate Shannon White had some awkward conversations when colleagues asked innocently, “What’s in the ice chest?”

BP Spill Movie Got Action Right, Villain Wrong, Lawyer Says

The film “Deepwater Horizon,” which is set to be released in theaters on Sept. 30, tells the story of one of the workers who was injured on the oil rig when it exploded six years ago, causing the largest spill in the history of the Gulf of Mexico. The attorney who represented that worker in his subsequent lawsuit was Paul Sterbcow, a member of the plaintiffs steering committee that went to trial against BP PLC.

Judge Stephanie B. Manis

High Court: Murder Mistrial No Bar to Directed Verdict for Defense

By Greg Land |

A unanimous Georgia Supreme Court upheld a Fulton County judge's granting a murder defendant's motion for directed verdict—which had been filed during trial—after a hung jury spurred a mistrial.

Mike Hobbs, Troutman Sanders, left, with Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Troutman Lawyer Goes to Bat for Mizuno in Braves Sponsorship Deal

By Meredith Hobbs |

Troutman Sanders partner Mike Hobbs had to rush to close a deal between his client, sporting-goods manufacturer Mizuno, and the Atlanta Braves.

Legal Project Managers: The New Rainmakers?

Hogan Lovells has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to invest in the field of legal project management, a practice that a growing number of law firms have used to lower costs, increase predictability and, most importantly, win clients.

DLA Piper Tops Social Media Ranking

DLA Piper uses digital marketing and social media more effectively than any of its Big Law counterparts, according to results of The Social Law Firm Index 2016 prepared by Good2bSocial, a digital marketing agency in New York that does work for lawyers and firms.

Brian Kemp

Concessions by Secretary of State May Restore Thousands to Voter Rolls

By R. Robin McDonald |

Tens of thousands of voters whose registrations were canceled will be restored to the voter rolls before the November election after the Georgia Secretary of State agreed Friday to suspend a longtime practice of canceling registrations that the state NAACP had filed suit to stop.

Atlanta's Red Mass to Honor Leaders for Work for Peace and Justice

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Among those to be honored at the annual interfaith event is late Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore partner Jeff Bramlett.

Yolanda L. Lewis

Fulton County's Yolanda Lewis Named President of Court Administrators Council

By Greg Land |

The administrator of Fulton County Superior Court has been tapped to serve a one-year term as president of Georgia's council of court administrators.

Man ID’d as Houston Gunman Was a ‘Good, Competent Lawyer,’ Ex-Partner Says

The former law partner of Nathan DeSai said the pair dissolved their partnership for economic reasons in February and had not spoken for months.

Judge Sara Doyle

Divorce Lawyers Brace for Changes in Appellate Review

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Starting in January, Georgia divorce appeals will be heard by the state's intermediate appeals court rather than the state Supreme Court.

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

Avoid Inappropriate Relationships With Clients

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

The legal news continues to report on salacious tales of attorneys embarking on improper personal relationships with clients. Engaging in intimate relations with current and prospective clients threatens not only the lawyer's professional reputation and law license, but also poses significant risk to colleagues and law firm partners.

Plaintiffs Firms Pounce on Wells Fargo After Fake-Accounts Scandal

Wells Fargo has been hit with a new shareholder lawsuit accusing its board of directors and senior managers of “recklessly” allowing the creation of roughly 2 million fake customer accounts, adding to the bank’s legal woes since the government slammed it with a record fine.

U.S. Supreme Court Term Promises to Be IP Blockbuster

With four IP cases on the docket and several more knocking at the door of certiorari, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised for a banner year of patent, trademark and copyright decisions.

Joseph D. Wargo

Ex-Clients Sue Greenberg Traurig After Disqualification

By Greg Land |

After unsuccessfully fighting disqualification rulings barring it from representing car-title loan giant TitleMax in a Fulton County lawsuit, Greenberg Traurig is now facing litigation accusing it of violating ethical rules and breaching its duties to a group of rival title lenders that the firm represented for years.

Bill Mitchell

National Insurance Defense Firms Shaking Up Atlanta Market

By Meredith Hobbs |

As insurance carriers increasingly look to national defense firms, out-of-state firms are looking to take work away from regional Georgia shops.

Rolling Stone Must Face UVA Dean’s Defamation Suit, Judge Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

For the second time this month, Rolling Stone has failed to persuade a judge to dismiss defamation claims related to a since-retracted article about how the University of Virginia handled allegations of rape on campus.

Trump Avoids Big Law Again in New List of Possible SCOTUS Picks

By Tony Mauro |

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to announce on Friday a second list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees he would consider as president, underscoring his argument that the future of the high court is a prime reason for voters to elect him.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

Georgia's Newest Justice Makes Trump's List of Possible SCOTUS Picks

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Justice Keith Blackwell, 41, had no response Friday to his name appearing on the latest list from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Hugh P. Thompson

Bar Exam Error 'Came as a Surprise,' Georgia's Chief Justice Says

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In an interview with the Daily Report, Chief Justice Hugh Thompson said he has confidence that scoring problems have been rectified.

Richard Hyde

Watchdog Agency's Former Investigator Testifies

By R. Robin McDonald |

Four members of the state's judicial watchdog agency, including the Fulton County judge who is its acting chairwoman, declined invitations Thursday to appear voluntarily at a hearing conducted by a state House legislative committee investigating the agency's operations.

US Supreme Court Justices Won’t Answer Questions About Their Health

By Tony Mauro |

The intense debate over how transparent presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should be about their health gives rise to another question: What about the health of Supreme Court justices?

‘Run Them Down’ Tweets Law Prof About Protesters

By Karen Sloan |

Twitter on Thursday briefly suspended the account of prominent University of Tennessee College of Law professor Glenn Reynolds over a tweet showing news photos of protesters in a Charlotte Interstate with the comment “Run them down.”

John Eaves

Fulton County Re-Launches Justice System Reinvestment Initiative

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves is hopeful that a renewed push to move cases through the courts and lower the jail population—coupled with a plan to outsource the county's mental health program to a nonprofit healthcare system—will help alleviate pressure on the county's justice system and allow resources to be shifted toward keeping people out of jail.

Five Finalists Announced for Daily Report's Attorney of the Year

By Jonathan Ringel |

The Daily Report is pleased to announce five finalists for its first "Attorney of the Year" award, honoring who had the biggest impact on the Georgia legal community or most helped to advance the cause of justice during 2015.

Todd Markle

Judge Honored for Veterans Court Work

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Todd Markle has been named the 2016 "Outstanding Veteran's Judge" by the State Bar of Georgia's military and veterans law section and military legal assistance program and the Emory Law School veterans pro bono clinic.

Judge William Duffey

Judge Orders Ga. Secretary of State to Release Rejected Voter Records

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Georgia's Secretary of State to turn over voter registration records related to the agency's decision to reject, cancel or otherwise fail to add names to the state's voter rolls.

Richard Hays

ALM Intelligence: Q&A With Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays

By Dirk Olin |

As recently as a generation ago, the firm now known as Alston & Bird largely restricted its operations and clientele to the state of Georgia. That began to change with the opening of its Washington, D.C., office in 1990. Today the firm counts roughly 800 attorneys in 10 offices worldwide. Managing partner Richard Hays recently sat down in his Atlanta office with ALM Director of Legal Intelligence Dirk Olin to discuss the practices and history that have informed the firm’s unusual culture.

Here's Who's Been Nominated for the Georgia Court of Appeals

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Judicial Nominating Commission is moving forward to fill the anticipated vacancy left by Presiding Judge Herbert Phipps, who is retiring.

J. Randolph Evans

Screening Panel to Hear From Bar Groups and Applicants for Ga. High Court Openings

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Georgia's judicial nominating commission, in the midst of narrowing a list of potential candidates for spots on the state supreme court, is set to hear from nominees and interest groups.

In Atlanta, DOJ Civil Rights Chief Links Local Distrust of Police to ‘Unconstitutional’ Tactics

The chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division told more than 200 lawyers and community activists at an Atlanta symposium Tuesday at Georgia State University that she and her Justice Department colleagues in Washington and across the nation “see a very clear link” between the criminalization of poverty by law enforcement authorities and the growing distrust of police and the government by the public.

Six Children May Be a ‘Handful’ for Court to Deal With in ‘Brangelina’ Split, Lawyers Say

The divorce between Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt has all the hallmarks of a high-profile celebrity split except for one thing: the couple’s six children under the age of 18.

Catherine Bernard.

Appeal Unlikely in Dismissal of Suit Fighting Ballot Disqualification

By Greg Land |

Jason Lovett, a would-be candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives who challenged the state elections chief's order nixing more than 2,200 signatures on his ballot petition, is unlikely to appeal a Fulton County judge's order dismissing his suit, according to his attorney.

First Amendment Group Urges Defeat of Amendment to Abolish JQC

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the Georgia judicial watchdog agency for its efforts to throw open the doors of Georgia's courtrooms, despite resistance from judges who preferred to establish their own criteria for entry.

Why Do Women Leave Firms? Because They Can

Uh-oh, it looks like your firm just wasted a ton of money recruiting those bright young women from Columbia Law School.

Sagging July Bar Exam Results in Florida and Elsewhere Defy Predictions

A forecast for better bar pass rates is turning gloomy as scores from the July exam begin to trickle in.

Brangelina Divorce Lawyer Seen as ‘Cool, Calm, Practical’

By Amanda Bronstad |

Laura Wasser, the lawyer representing Angelina Jolie Pitt in her divorce from Brad Pitt, is synonymous with Hollywood’s biggest celebrity breakups, with recent cases including Jennifer Garner’s divorce from Ben Affleck and Johnny Depp’s split from Amber Heard.

Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Squire Patton Boggs

By Susan Beck |

Nearly a year after leaving office, John Boehner, the former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is joining Squire Patton Boggs, the firm announced Tuesday.

Georgia Loses Again in Re-enactment of 1794 Trial Before US Supreme Court Justices

By Tony Mauro |

For a few hours on Monday, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court morphed into a three-member panel reenacting one of its earlier cases in the same Philadelphia courtroom where it was first argued in 1794.

Kindu Walker, at left, and Jay Barber

Litchfield Cavo Opens Atlanta Office; and Other 'On the Move' News

By Meredith Hobbs |

Litchfield Cavo, a Chicago-based insurance defense firm, has opened an Atlanta office with partners Jay Barber from Taylor English Duma and Kindu Walker from The Finley Firm.

Elite Retreat: Do Women From Top Law Schools Leave the Law Earlier?

ALM Intelligence research on gender diversity indicates that women do not leave the law just to have children or raise a family. Instead, there is a slow trickling-out of women from the Big Law workforce year-over-year. As seen below, women one year out of law school comprise 44% of the Big Law population, while women 25 years out of law school comprise only 25% of the Big Law population.

Kasowitz Bets Big on $90B Qui Tam Case

In a bold gamble, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has blown the whistle on four of the country’s largest chemical companies, assuming the role of both plaintiff and counsel in a $90 billion qui tam case.

Wayne B. Kendall

Lawyer Settles Suit Against NAACP Defense Fund Over Litigation Fees

By Greg Land |

An attorney who sued the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund over what he said was nearly $76,000 in legal fees stemming from voting rights litigation against Fayette County has reached a confidential settlement with the organization.

Brian Steel

Motions Seek Dismissal of Charges in Waffle House CEO 'Sextortion' Case

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for a woman and two attorneys facing criminal charges related to the clandestine video recording of former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers during a sexual encounter with the woman have asked a judge to throw out the indictments for all three defendants.

Edward Wasmuth Jr.

Software Exec Says Bar Exam Mistake Wasn't the Company's Fault

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

ILG Technologies is turning to attorneys with Smith, Gambrell & Russell to fight a suit over scoring errors that led to 90 test takers who passed the exam being told that they had failed.

Family of Pilot Who Died in Plane Crash During Tom Cruise Film Shoot Files Wrongful-Death Suit

By Amanda Bronstad |

A second lawsuit has been filed over a fatal plane crash last year that occurred during the filming of Tom Cruise’s upcoming thriller “American Made.”

Law Schools Cut Tuition to Entice Applicants

By Karen Sloan |

Amid declining enrollment in J.D. programs nationwide, two law schools have unveiled tuition decreases for the upcoming school year.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building

Suspicious Backpack That Caused Evacuation Contained Clothes

By R. Robin McDonald |

An abandoned backpack discovered near an entrance to the federal courthouse in downtown Atlanta on Monday morning contained no explosives, an FBI spokesman said Monday afternoon.

Joe Freeman, left, and Anthony Cammarata

UGA Students Clamor for In-House Experience

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Based in part on feedback from happy customers, UGA is expanding its corporate counsel externship for the semester beginning in January 2017.

In Era of Reform, a Patent Pioneer Slips Out of Step

When the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association honored Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman a few years ago, her longtime colleague Richard Linn described her as “a living legend.”

California Firm Joins Big Law Brethren in Sports Sponsorship Game

Irvine, California-based Am Law 200 firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear has taken the billable hour mindset to an unusual place by striking a sponsorship deal for a cyclocross team. The increasingly popular bicycling sport, which takes place on dirt-road and closed-track races, also requires riders to pick up their bikes and run at certain points.

Rendering of Polsinelli's new space at One Atlantic Center in Midtown Atlanta.

Polsinelli Is Moving to One Atlantic

By Meredith Hobbs |

Polsinelli is moving its Atlanta office to larger digs at One Atlantic Center, in the heart of Midtown’s law firm district. The 15-year lease is for two floors, or 45,000 square feet.

Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr.

Judge Finds Bobbi Brown's Boyfriend Liable in Civil Suit

By Greg Land |

The boyfriend of the late Bobbi Christina Brown has been deemed liable by a Fulton County judge for civil claims that he abused and robbed Brown prior to her death.

Ben Brodhead

Fulton Jury Awards $30M in Car Wreck Case

By Greg Land |

A jury in Fulton County determined that a woman who lost a finger and suffered extensive arm injuries during a car wreck deserved roughly $30 million.

Lawyer in Chadbourne Gender-Bias Case Fires Back

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Just as I had predicted, the Chadbourne & Parke gender discrimination case isn’t quieting down.

Dear Law Professors: Please Stop Hiding the Ball

By Robert McClendon |

I’m about a month into my first semester, and the average week has me spending about 60 hours in class or studying, and I would do more, but the subsequent extra-credit course in Divorce and Family Law would only add to my workload.

Cary Ichter

An Ode to Blogging

By Cary Ichter |

We don't run poetry often in the Daily Report, but this lawyer's ironic lament could speak for many in the profession.

Got (Breast) Milk? Latham Will Ship It

It’s hard enough pumping breast milk multiple times per day for working lawyer-moms, without the stress of figuring out how to ship milk home when traveling for work.

Ex-Law Dean Sues Berkeley for Racial Bias in Handling of Harassment Claims

The ex-dean of UC-Berkeley’s law school has accused the university of racial bias in its aggressive response to sexual harassment allegations once they were aired publicly.

Leah Ward Sears

Ex-Chief Justice Sears Leaving Schiff Hardin for Smith Gambrell

By Meredith Hobbs |

Leah Ward Sears said she wanted to join a historically Atlanta-based firm.

Georgia Supreme Court building

State Supreme Court Stays Writ Suspending Authority of Chatham Judge

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Supreme Court of Georgia late Thursday stayed an action by the Chatham Superior Court bench that last week stripped that county's chief Recorders Court judge of her administrative powers, saying it could not say with certainty that the writ of prohibition issued by the Superior Court bench was legal.

Cynthia Becker.

Former DeKalb Judge Testifies Judicial Watchdog Agency Abused Power

By R. Robin McDonald |

A retired DeKalb County judge indicted last year on felony charges stemming from her comments in a meeting with the state judicial watchdog agency testified before a legislative committee Thursday that the prosecutor told her he was under "extreme pressure to have a quick indictment and a resolution."

Robert Khayat

$490K Verdict Against Contractor Includes $475K in Attorney Fees

By Greg Land |

A Brunswick contractor who told a Glynn County jury he was owed more than $100,000 after being booted off of a job building a mansion on St. Simon's Island was instead ordered to pay nearly a half-million dollars to the homeowner, nearly all of which reflected attorney fees accrued fighting the suit and pursuing counterclaims.

From the movie

AVLF Goes to the Movies to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation will be screening "Private Violence," an HBO documentary that looks at intimate partner violence through the eyes of two survivors, for its third annual AVLF Night at the Movies on Sept. 20.

As Litigation Rises, a Glimpse of What Keeps Corporate Counsel Up at Night

By John Council |

Businesses are experiencing a rise in litigation and the main areas of concern for legal departments are contract disputes, labor and employment claims and regulatory investigations, according a recent survey of in-house lawyers and executives of more than 600 companies.

Clinton v. Trump: Close-Up on the Courts

By ALM Staff |

Be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the candidate elected president in November will put an enduring stamp on the federal courts. Read our complete coverage.

Donald Trump

11 Georgia Judges to Watch If Trump Wins the White House

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state has an abundance of conservative legal talent waiting in the wings, said Dentons partner Randy Evans, a Trump adviser.

D. Albert Brannen

Employers Swamped by Storm of Labor Regulation Changes

By D. Albert Brannen | Special to the Daily Report |

This past year brought an accelerating number of changes affecting every aspect of labor and employment law. A steady drumbeat of court decisions, new and revised government regulations and executive orders have had a sweeping impact on everything from wages and hours, safety and health, and employment discrimination to government contracts and labor relations.


Fulton Criminal Record Expungement Event Is Thursday

By Greg Land |

Fulton County is asking citizens who have criminal felony and misdemeanor arrests that did not result in convictions to attend a Thursday evening pre-registration to have those records expunged and restricted.

Brian Kemp

DOJ Approval at Issue in Ga. Voter Registration Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the U.S. Justice Department signed off on state's "exact match" policies—but plaintiffs lawyers are raising questions.

Law Profs See Michigan Case as Potential ‘Brown v. Board'

Literacy rates south of 10 percent. A dearth of textbooks and other key educational materials. Overcrowded classrooms and unsafe and unsanitary school conditions. That’s just a sampling of the jarring allegations in a 136-page class action filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of students in five struggling, overwhelmingly minority Detroit schools.

At a Glance: Where the Judicial Vacancies Are

There are currently 96 federal judicial vacancies, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Planned retirements will open another seven seats by Jan. 1, including two on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Clinton v. Trump: Close-Up on the Courts

Be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the candidate elected president in November will put an enduring stamp on the federal courts. Read our complete coverage.

Christian Coomer

Complaint About Judge at Heart of Amendment to Abolish Judicial Watchdog

By R. Robin McDonald |

State Rep. Christian Coomer says that ending the tenure of Georgia's judicial watchdog agency as constitutionally independent is not about giving well-connected judges a way to tip the scales in their favor should they face scrutiny for possible ethical violations. Rather, it's a response to what he believes was an abuse of authority two years ago by a member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, who would later become its chairman.

Stephen Forte

Smith Gambrell Raises Associate Pay as Others Mull Options

By Meredith Hobbs |

Smith Gambrell & Russell has raised associate pay, bumping up its local starting salary to $155,000, effective Sept. 1.

Civil Rights Groups Challenge Georgia's Voter Registration Policies

By R. Robin McDonald |

Civil rights and voters' rights organizations on Wednesday sued the Georgia Secretary of State in federal court in Atlanta, seeking to halt before the November elections what they say is a suppressive voter registration policy that requires an exact match of voter registrations with information contained in the state's driver's license and social security databases.

Female Partners at Chadbourne: We’re Not Victims

By Vivia Chen |

The gender discrimination suit against Chadbourne & Parke is getting hotter. Now it looks like the other female partners at the firm are ganging up on Kerrie Campbell, the woman who’s suing the firm. I hate to say it, but it’s beginning to look like a Big Law episode of “Mean Girls.”

Christopher Corbett.

High Court Ponders $415,000 Divorce Contempt Order

By Greg Land |

Lawyers waging a costly post-divorce battle squared off as the ex-wife of former Orkin Pest Control CEO Glen Rollins challenged a trial court's authority to issue a contempt order commanding her to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Rise of the Machines Continues as Another Top Firm Signs AI Deal

By Chris Johnson |

Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly hot topic in Big Law over the past few years. The latest to go digital is U.K. magic circle firm Slaughter and May.

Apple Fans Sue Over iPhone Upgrade Delays

Some people really want the new iPhone. Loyal followers of Apple Inc. were excited last year when the company started a program that let them pay a little extra with the promise of getting the latest device each year. But now lawyers for a disgruntled subset of those consumers have sued Apple, saying they’ve been told to wait.

Should Big Law Be Afraid of David Sanford?

David Sanford, the Sanford Heisler name partner who made his name lobbing bias lawsuits at Fortune 500 companies, invited me to his office in midtown Manhattan last week for a little chat.

Joint Employee Relationships: Are Discrimination Cases Next?

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board has expanded the definition of joint employment, particularly as it relates to franchisers and franchisees. The U.S. Labor Department also issued joint employer liability rules in January 2016.

25 Years Later: Anita Hill On Sexual Harassment, Pay Equity and Title IX

By Erin E. Harrison |

Although Anita Hill acknowledges that women have shattered many a glass ceiling in the professional world, she remains unconvinced that sexual harassment in the workplace has changed all that much—especially for “everyday people”—in the 25 years since she told a U.S. Senate committee that she had been sexually harassed by then Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas.

Paul D. Clement

Clement's Surprise Move Rattles the Supreme Court Bar

By Tony Mauro |

News that Paul Clement and the Bancroft firm would combine with Kirkland & Ellis took the rarified U.S. Supreme Court bar by complete surprise Monday.

Josh Swiger.

Litigation Is Like an Ultra-Endurance Race

By Josh Swiger | Special to the Daily Report |

Josh Swiger says preparing for litigation is like preparing for his hobby: ultra-endurance mountain bike racing.

Lawyers Launch Insurance Policy for Contingency Cases

When Justin Leto was a young plaintiffs attorney, another lawyer in his building asked how he dealt with the financial risk of pursuing litigation. Could his firm somehow insure legal costs in case the jury returned a defense verdict?

Kirkland Acquires DC-Based Boutique Bancroft

Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general who left King & Spalding in 2011 to join Washington, D.C.-based appellate litigation boutique Bancroft, is heading to Kirkland & Ellis.

Jay Abt

Charges Dropped Over Looted Safety Deposit Boxes, Civil Suits Remain

By Greg Land |

The DeKalb County district attorney has dropped theft charges against Khatija Dholakia due to evidentiary problems, her lawyer said.

An Insider’s View on Patent System Overhaul at Five Year Mark

By Scott Graham |

On Sept. 16, the America Invents Act will have been in effect for five years. How did it begin, and how is it doing?

Success in First-Year Civil Procedure Course Points to Bar Passage

By Karen Sloan |

Performance in certain courses and participation in certain extra-curricular activities are strong predictors of who will pass the bar on the first go-around, according to a new draft study by Texas Tech University School of Law Dean Darby Dickerson and two co-authors from the school.

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

Disclosing and Withholding Attorney Work Product

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

One issue that often arises for attorneys is who owns the documents created during the scope of a representation and to what extent such documents must be disclosed. If a representation concludes and a client asks for a copy of the "file," what documents are encompassed within that request? If an attorney receives a subpoena for documents related to a former client, must all attorney-generated documents be produced?

A. Lee Parks

Ten Steps to Success at Mediation

By Lee Parks |

More courts are making mediation mandatory with amazing results. Here are 10 steps you can take to maximize your client’s chances for a successful mediation.

Brent Savage.

Suit Targets Software Company for Bar Exam Fiasco

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A proposed class action blames ILG Information Technologies for scoring errors that caused 90 test takers to be told they failed the exam when they actually passed.

Supreme Court Acts on Five Discipine Cases

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued discipline decisions in the cases of Nathan E. Hardwick IV, Timothy Eugene Moses, Holly De Rosa Hogue (Edwards), C. Michael Rose and Trent Carl Gaines.