A district attorney's conflict of interest that precluded him from participating in a prosecution infected his entire office, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.
A district attorney's conflict of interest that precluded him from participating in a prosecution infected his entire office, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.
Lawyers for the embattled Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless were back in court Friday, asking a judge to deny the most recent request by the company that bought the title to the property housing the nonprofit's emergency shelter at foreclosure to evict the Task Force.
Indigent parents are not entitled to free lawyers in child support cases, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Friday by a 6-1 vote.
Helping his client avoid criminal charges is the task of the attorney just retained to represent Leanna Harris, the wife of the man charged with murder and negligence in the death of their toddler in a hot car, according to fellow defense lawyers.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles' July 9 decision to grant clemency to convicted murderer Tommy Lee Waldrip marked the ninth time the state has commuted a condemned inmate's sentence since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
A federal judge preparing to sentence a British citizen for supporting terrorists in Afghanistan challenged U.S. prosecutors Friday on their claim that the defendant supported al-Qaida.
A lawyer remembers his first lesson from a mentor.
A quiet, iconic leader of the Georgia Tax and Estate Planning Bar died June 22 after a short illness. Following a prestigious clerkship with the revered Judge Elbert Tuttle, Hal began practice in the 1950s with Atlanta's largest law firm at the time, Smith, Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers & McClatchey.
An unusual meeting took place in Atlanta this week between the lawyer charged with administering the GM victims' compensation fund and lawyers suing the automaker over faulty ignition switches blamed for car accident deaths.
A decision issued last summer by the Georgia Court of Appeals had the potential to make it much easier for real estate lenders to recover all of their money when loans go bad, but some trial court judges are pushing back.
Richard Deane Jr. is taking over from Lizanne Thomas as partner-in-charge of Jones Day's Atlanta office, and Thomas is taking on a newly created role as regional partner-in-charge for the firm's South region, overseeing its Atlanta, Dallas and Houston offices.
An inadvertent "reply all" message has led a Fulton County prosecutor to be suspended without pay for three days and pulled off the team handling the Atlanta Public Schools criminal case.
The Georgia Supreme Court is expected to decide several significant cases on Friday, including class certification matters and a question about liability for failed banks.
Everyone needs an outlet from the pressures of daily work. For some it's a creative hobby. For others, sports. Some volunteer in their communities.
Lawyers who've been some of the toughest critics of GM and its dealings with families of those killed in cars with ignition switch defects announced a sharp turn toward reconciliation Thursday following a meeting in Atlanta with Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator for the GM Victims Compensation Fund.
Robert Highsmith, a member of the state Judicial Nominating Commission, wrote a letter to the editor recently to defend the record on diverse appointments to the judiciary under the last two governors.
U.S. District Court Senior Judge J. Owen Forrester was buried Wednesday at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs after a funeral service at the Church of the Apostles that included a tribute from its pastor, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt and whom Forrester had sworn in as a U.S. citizen.
The owners of two Buckhead buildings sporting large electronic signs behind glass panels are suing the city of Atlanta over its efforts to have the signs removed.
A man accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend and violating a protective order was convicted of battery and sentenced to 15 years, with five years to serve in prison, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced Wednesday.
Georgia State University College of Law has tapped Miller & Martin partner Shelby Grubbs to head its new International Arbitration Center, which is under construction. Grubbs' recruitment is another step in the push by the city's legal, business and political leaders to make Atlanta a hub for international arbitration.
The Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored Georgia's Judicial Qualifications Commission with the 13th annual Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Award at a banquet on June 26.
In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that President Barack Obama's recess appointments of Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and Terence Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Jan. 4, 2012, were unconstitutional. See NLRB v. Noel Canning, June 26, 2014.
Debate turned to verbal combat Tuesday night when two candidates in the July 22 runoff election for Cobb County Superior Court judge faced off at a forum in Kennesaw.
Governor Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended five candidates to fill a vacancy in Gwinnett County State Court, including two runners-up from the last round of Gwinnett judicial appointments in May.
The husband of one of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Atlanta to an eight-year prison term for a bank fraud scheme that involved stolen checks, fraudulent auto loans, fraudulent tax returns and stolen identities.
A court-appointed receiver in a securities fraud case said the federal judge who dismissed the receiver's malpractice claims against law firm Page Perry should reverse himself and reinstate the case.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton lawyer David Zacks has opened his own mediation firm, Zacks Resolution, after more than 40 years as a litigator.
Georgia's high court has become the latest judicial body to agree to levy fees against out-of-state lawyers in order to shore up legal aid programs.
Reality TV seemed too real Monday night as ABC aired the episode of "The Bachelorette" in which former Fulton County assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman and the rest of the cast learned of the death of a contestant who'd already left the show, Eric Hill.
George A. Villasana serves as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Asbury Automotive Group, an automotive retailer with 2013 revenue of $5.3 billion and approximately 7,000 employees.
Defendants on the losing end of a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision have asked the court to vacate its ruling on the ground that it was issued too late.
Gov. Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission on Tuesday is considering candidates for an open seat on the Gwinnett County bench for the first time since lawyers a few months ago complained about the short list for different open seats in the county.
On June 28, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and The GABWA Foundation held their annual gala and auction.
Georgia court reporters are firing back at new regulations being considered by the state's top judges, including a proposal that the state's roughly 1,100 court reporters receive a national credential for real-time reporting.
Cobb County Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell sentenced the operator of an unlicensed personal care home to 20 years, with 10 years to serve in prison, on Thursday after taking a guilty plea to 47 charges, District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced.
Lawyers who watched it seemed to agree that no one had seen anything quite like the nearly four-hour probable cause hearing Thursday for Justin Ross Harris.
The Georgia Legal Services Program is this year's winner of the American Bar Association's Hodson Award for Public Service, which the ABA's Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division gives annually to a public interest or government law office.
In a section that most lawyers are unlikely to encounter in their day-to-day practice, the Georgia Code throws a procedural curveball that can strike you out (or at least delay your at-bat) if you fail to see it coming in a matter involving the state or a state official.
A lawyer whose office is near the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium in Cobb County is scheduled to argue against it at a bond validation hearing Monday afternoon before Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard.
Resolving an appeal with an unusual procedural history, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the Court of Appeals should not have decided an evidence suppression issue posed by a Gwinnett County criminal case.
Guilty pleas by prison guards accused of beating inmates, in return for testimony against their superiors and colleagues, resulted in acquittals.
Stylish Beaux Arts building, designed as a lasting public monument, still serves county well.
A vacation checklist for attorneys, with four simple steps to make the most of it
The director of a movie about singer Gregg Allman and two others involved in the project have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash in which a freight train plowed into the crew in southeast Georgia.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Attorney General John Suthers asked a federal court Wednesday to issue an injunction declaring Colorado's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. But they want the court to delay implementation of the ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue.
Corporations are people? Mitt Romney got mocked during the 2012 presidential campaign for the very idea. But it turns out the principle has been lurking in U.S. law for more than a century.
Two lawyers who briefly worked together as prosecutors will face off Thursday, July 3, in Cobb County in the first round of a nationally watched murder case against a father who left his toddler in a hot car for seven hours.
Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber urged attorneys for General Motors and for its customers suing over defective ignition switches to attempt to agree on facts as much as possible before litigating further.
More than 10 years after a plastic surgeon was stripped of her hospital privileges after bringing a handgun to a St. Joseph's Hospital operating room, a judge has tossed out her claims of negligence and breach of contract against the hospital.
U.S. Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge's approval before searching the cellphones of people they've arrested.
There have been 39 law firm combinations announced for the first half of the year—matching the pace for the first two quarters of 2013, according to Altman Weil.
The Southern Center for Human Rights has just released "The Crisis of Violence in Georgia's Prisons," a report detailing what is described as a sharp rise in violence, torture and homicide in the state's prisons.
Matthew Coniglio's Georgia home held a trove of child pornography, more than 50,000 images and videos stored on laptops, external hard drives and thumb drives.
Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the "Grand Theft Auto" video games. The actress says the latest installment used her image and created a character based on her without her permission.
The Chattanooga City Council has approved the filing of a lawsuit in an attempt to change the wording of a referendum that will determine whether city employees are entitled to domestic partner benefits.
A lawsuit challenging Ohio University's student conduct code alleges administrators violated constitutional free speech rights by telling students not to wear T-shirts bearing a sexually suggestive double entendre, though the school denies that officials made such comments.
The flags at the Richard Russell Federal Building are flying at half-mast in memory of U.S. District Senior Judge J. Owen Forrester.
U.S. District Senior Judge J. Owen Forrester, appointed to the federal bench in Atlanta by President Ronald Reagan, died Tuesday morning.
11th Circuit rules for former Clayton assistant principal who claims he was forced out for criticizing school board
Scott Peterson, previously a consultant at Warbird Consulting Partners in Atlanta, is working with Baker Donelson shareholder Tim Lupinacci, who chairs the group.
Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge's approval before searching the cellphones of people they've arrested.
Since 2012, Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson's office has hosted a six-week Citizens' Academy allowing participants to observe how his office operates. M. Gino Brogdon Sr., a former Fulton County Superior Court judge, recently participated in the Citizens' Academy and wrote these remarks about his experience.
Bulldogs are in the future for Andi Dorfman, the former Fulton County assistant district attorney who narrowed her field of suitors on "The Bachelorette" to four—whose families she will visit on next week's show.
Steve Earnest is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. (HFE), the largest family-owned themed attractions corporation in the United States.
The Supreme Court will take up the pregnancy discrimination claims of a package delivery driver for UPS who was refused a light duty assignment so she could continue working while pregnant.
Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling.
The Supreme Court will consider whether a whistleblower can move forward with a lawsuit claiming defense contracting giant KBR Inc. falsely billed the government for work in Iraq.
Georgia appeals court Judge Michael Boggs has submitted answers to a second round of senators' questions probing his stance on abortion, gay rights and the Confederate battle flag.
Directly on the heels of Monday morning's U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the federal contraceptive mandate, an Atlanta-based federal appeals court panel issued its own, temporary ruling in a case involving the mandate.
Making quick work of an appeal that could make it harder for plaintiffs to bring wrongful death suits against mental health professionals, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a Cobb County trial judge must reconsider his ruling that ordered a psychiatrist to turn over his records on a patient who committed suicide to the young man's parents.
A government official in coastal Georgia is proposing to rename a county courthouse after a former state lawmaker.
A Florida judge on Monday dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman against NBC and three reporters, saying the former neighborhood watch leader failed to show the network acted with malice.
Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors' money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars' ignition switches caused the crash.
The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union's costs of collective bargaining.
The event, sponsored by the Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters, begins at 6 p.m. with a reception for elected and public officials. The forum begins at 6:45 p.m.
The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued discipline decisions for five attorneys.
The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
A former employee at the Kia manufacturing plant in West Point has sued the South Korea-based carmaker, alleging it discriminated against her because she was American and a woman, then fired her after she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010.
Allegations that House Speaker David Ralston may have misused his attorney trust account appear to be the most serious among a raft of charges brought to the state Supreme Court by the State Bar of Georgia.
Two Atlanta firms have announced moves that solidify their on-the-ground presence in Shanghai as U.S. firms continue their expansion into Asia.
Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option of arming teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer.
A Fulton County State Court judge handling a medical malpractice case has rebuffed a defense request that he reassign the case to his now-retired predecessor, whose orders in favor of the defendant were reversed by the Georgia Court of Appeals.
The State Bar of Georgia has asked for an investigation into Republican House Speaker David Ralston.
The State Bar of Georgia held its summer induction ceremony Thursday at the Fulton County Superior Court. Some 96 new lawyers raised their hands as they were sworn in by Judge Craig L. Schwall.
Now that a woman who was allowed to walk out of a courtroom after being convicted of murder is back in custody, the battle over her legal fate continues.
Georgia's Supreme Court justices were among those who failed to anticipate Wednesday's landmark cellphone privacy ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
An appeal and international collection efforts will follow a Cobb County Superior Court jury's award of more than $7 million in a business dispute between companies selling a flame retardant chemical made in China.
A disbarred former attorney who once worked for Atlanta firm Taylor, English & Duma has been sentenced to serve a year and a day in federal prison for stealing more than $300,000 of his clients' funds, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced Thursday.
There has been a lot of publicity about the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act (sometimes referred to as the "Guns Everywhere" law), which will become law on July 1. In advance of that date, it is important for Georgia businesses to become familiar with the law's provisions.
Trains and automobiles will do for the moment. Forget about planes.
A lawyer for a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium told a jury Thursday that the Los Angeles team failed its responsibility to keep fans safe.
Fifteen years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling that the disabled should be given the choice to live outside nursing homes, mental hospitals and other institutions, its legacies are dueling.
DeKalb County Juvenile Court officials say a $400,000 grant will help them serve 60 juvenile offenders with mentoring, home school and community supervision and more.
For the first time in its 42-year history, the state judicial disciplinary agency will have a judge at its helm.