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Kenneth Feinberg.

GM Seeks To Block Deposition of Former In-House Attorney

By Amanda Bronstad |

General Motors Co. is asking a federal judge overseeing more than 100 ignition-switch lawsuits to halt discovery in a Georgia case in which one of its former senior attorneys faces deposition as soon as November.

W. Travis Sakrison, director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, said it will take a couple of weeks to interview new candidates.

Deadline is Extended for Cordele PD Applications

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Court papers filed in dispute allege sexual harassment by interim PD

Sen. Jeff Sessions (left) and Sen. Richard Shelby

Senators: Judge Arrested for Violence Should Quit

By Jay Reeves |

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, arrested last month on a charge of battering his wife, has lost the confidence of his colleagues and others and should quit the lifetime appointment, both of Alabama's U.S. senators said Wednesday.


Acquittal in Trial Over Absentee Ballots

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lula Mary Smart was acquitted on 19 felony charges of voting irregularities Wednesday following a month-long trial in Brooks County Superior Court in South Georgia.

Jonathan Rapping

'Genius Grant' to Rapping Rewards Public Defender Vision

By Meredith Hobbs |

Creator of Gideon's Promise, which trains and inspires public defenders, is surprised by award

Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.

Judge Will Unseal DaVita Inc. Court Records

By R. Robin McDonald |

The judge in a whistleblower case that accuses a national kidney dialysis company of defrauding taxpayers said he intends to unseal court records that defense lawyers have fought to keep secret in the seven-year-old case.

Judge Mark Fuller

UPDATED: Lawmakers Call on Fuller to Resign

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Alabama's congresswomen have spoken out on disciplinary proceedings against U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, with one calling for his resignation and the other saying "domestic abuse cannot be tolerated."

Why You Should Consider Associates to be 'Partners in Training'

By Jeremy Berry |

Take control of your own career, associates. And partners, please do all that you can to let associates drive their own careers.

University of Georgia School of Law

UGA Names Four Finalists for Law School Deanship

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The University of Georgia on Wednesday announced its four finalists to be the law school's next dean:

Victor Reynolds

21-Year Old Gets 25 Years for Pizza Hut and Dry Cleaner Hold-Ups

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A 21-year-old man who stole $224 was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to armed robbery in Cobb County.

Jonathan Rapping

Before He Was a 'Genius': Our 2007 Interview With Jon Rapping

Often the names of MacArthur Foundation Fellows—recipients of so-called "genius grants"—are obscure, but Wednesday's announcement was different. One of the 21 recpients is Jonathan Rapping, an Atlanta lawyer who runs Gideon's Promise, a training program for public defenders. Nearly seven years ago, Meredith Hobbs of the Daily Report interviewed Rapping about his then-fledgling program.

Craig Jones

En Banc Requested in Police Shooting Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

An attorney for a teenage boy who was shot by a police officer is petitioning the full U.S. Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit to overturn a ruling giving the officer immunity.

Defense lawyer Dwight Thomas underscored the questionable integrity and motives of the state's key witness against the DeKalb CEO during his opening statements Tuesday.

Burrell Ellis Corruption Trial Opens in DeKalb

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Both sides give opening statements after judge denies defense move to invalidate indictment on claim of witness tampering

Frederick J. Hanna

Firm Fights U.S. Consumer Unit's 'Lawsuit Mill' Litigation

By R. Robin McDonald |

Frederick Hanna argues the agency targets states' right to regulate practice of law

Christina Rogers said she wasn't looking to leave McKenna Long when Greenberg recruited her.

On the Move: Greenberg Starts Atlanta Real Estate Practice

By Meredith Hobbs |

Greenberg Traurig has recruited real estate partner Christina Rogers from McKenna Long & Aldridge to build a real estate practice for its Atlanta office. Rogers joined Greenberg as a shareholder on Sept. 8.

H. Eric Hilton says the concept of outside general counsel services or a captive counsel arrangement is becoming attractive to companies that want to control costs without sacrificing quality legal help.

Meet The (outside) GC: H. Eric Hilton of H.J. Russell & Co.

By Mary Welch |

After 10 years in-house, H. Eric Hilton now serves as outside general counsel for H.J. Russell & Co., recognized as the nation's largest and oldest minority-owned construction management firm.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 DECATUR Judge Courtney Johnson presides over the trial. Suspended Dekalb County CEO Burrell Ellis appears before Judge Courtney L. Johnson in Dekalb County Superior Court during opening arguments in his trial.

Ellis Defense Suffers Two Setbacks Before Trial Opens

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The criminal trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis began Tuesday morning with impassioned opening statements.

Letter to the Editor: Plaintiff: Fulton's Actions Are Disturbing

In response to your article on Monday, "Fulton to tax hike foes: Pay bond up to $100M," I am one of the legislators who sponsored the state law that temporarily barred Fulton County millage rate hikes and one of the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Georgia Suit Contests Dentists' Whitening 'Monopoly'

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next month over dentists' ability to keep the business of teeth whitening to themselves.

Left to right: Noah Pines and Brian Steel

Lawyers Want Judge Back on Ballin Murder Case in DeKalb

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb D.A.'s call for recusal in murder case was wrong, they say

A Nondisclosure Agreement Toolkit for Buy-Side M&A Counsel

By Tarek Abdel-aleem and Yussuf Abdel-Aleem |

A nondisclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement, is an agreement between parties that outlines the parameters of using and sharing certain confidential information with one another.

Radric Davis

Three-Year Sentence for Rapper Gucci Mane in Nightclub Attack

By Greg Land |

Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane—whose real name is Radric Davis—received a three-year sentence after pleading to one count of aggravated assault stemming from a March 2013 incident when he struck a man in the head with a bottle at the Harlem Nights club.

Michael Berlon also faces suits by former clients.

Berlon Is Indicted on Fraud Charges

By R. Robin McDonald and Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The former chairman of the state Democratic Party has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he defrauded clients of his law practice of more than $1.8 million, the U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Georgia announced late Friday.

Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.

Judge Questions Why Dialysis Records Should be Kept Sealed

By R. Robin McDonald |

Judge Pannell calls dialysis provider's records in whistleblower case 'out-of-date'

Janine Brown and Steve Wilson guided the green buildout of Alston’s Atlanta headquarters.

Alston & Bird Office Revamp Earns LEED Gold Certification

By Meredith Hobbs |

Eco-friendly approach to major office renovation is rewarded with the first certification of an office buildout for an Atlanta law firm

Left, county attorney David Ware: Suit to halt
tax hike creates financial peril and uncertainty. Right, Josh Belinfante represents the plaintiffs challenging Fulton County’s tax hike.

Fulton to Tax Hike Foes: Pay Bond Up to $100M

By Greg Land |

Lawyers say state lawmakers' suit jeopardizes county projects, credit rating

Roberta Gelb

Roberta Gelb: Math, Technology & Advocacy

By Monica Bay |

STEM Cells: Gelb pushed through insecurity, with the help of mentors who saw her talent before she did.

Lesli Gaither and Tom Clyde.

DeKalb Judge Unseals Ellis Court Records

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

First Amendment lawyers have successfully petitioned the court to unseal a ream of secret motions filed in the corruption case of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

Bedsworth: Mourning the Loss of Germany's Longest Legal Term

By William W. Bedsworth |

I have a lot of Germans in my family tree: Zangers and Schneiders and Kleins and what-have-you.FN:1Mom was German and Swedish, and she often chided me when I turned obstinate and recalcitrant that, "There are no more stubborn people on earth than the Swedes. Except the Germans."

Robert Mueller

NFL Investigation Leads to Questions on Law Firm Choice

By Katelyn Polantz |

Penn State commissioned the Freeh Report. Major League Baseball got the Mitchell Report. Now the National Football League will have a Mueller Report.

Duane Morris Forms Alliance to Enter Sri Lankan Market

By Gina Passarella |

Duane Morris appears to be the first U.S. law firm to enter the Sri Lankan legal market in some capacity.

Task Force for the homeless building, Atlanta Ga.

CORRECTED: Judge Weighs Ordering Task Force to Pay Rent, Allowing Appeal

By Greg Land |

Lawyers and a Fulton County judge on Thursday wrestled with the meaning of a Georgia Supreme Court ruling on whether the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless should be forced to pay rent pending the outcome of its suit against its landlord.

Lauren Prevost

Morris Manning Advises On $3B REIT Deal

By Meredith Hobbs |

Morris Manning & Martin is handling another multi-billion dollar REIT transaction. Partner Lauren Prevost is leading a 14-lawyer team advising Cole Corporate Income Trust (CCIT) on its $3.1 billion sale to Select Income REIT, a larger, publicly traded real estate investment trust.


Subject of False Arrest Case Is Arrested Again

By R. Robin McDonald |

Police say there is no connection to her being a witness in case against judge linked to false arrest. Her lawyer says case “reeks” of witness tampering.

76% of Participants: If They Worked for AG, They Would Have Released Memo Or Asked Judge for Help

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Seventy-six percent of the participants in an online poll conducted by the Daily Report said if they had represented the state ethics commission in a recent whistleblower case, they would have given a controversial memo to opposing counsel or at least asked the judge for a ruling.

Judge William Pryor Jr. wrote the opinion for the three-judge panel.

11th Circuit Panel Revives $500K Verdict Against MARTA

By Alyson M. Palmer |

But 11th circuit rejects former employee's race discrimination claim

Bernard Taylor plants a tree with a young participant in the UNICEF Child to Child Education program at the Arigiti-Deneba Preschool in Dera, Ethiopia on Aug. 14.

Bernard Taylor: Helping World's Most Vulnerable Children

By Laura Raines |

Through his field visits for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Bernard Taylor wants to make a difference for children in Africa

Going Rate 2014

How Does Your Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Database

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

Meet 40 Rising Stars and a Luminary

By Mary Smith Judd |

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

A $50 Billion Payoff: Shearman's Winning Yukos Strategy

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Ten years after Russia seized oil giant Yukos, arbitrators found it liable for a record sum. The inside story of Shearman & Sterling's successful plan.

A Delta baggage carousel at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport. Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airlines are accused in multidistrict litigation of illegally agreeing to set baggage fees.

Delta Fights Bid for Sanctions in Baggage Antitrust Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

Airline says bid for $3.6M is 'outrageous'; judge has already levied $4.7M.

Noah Pines, of Ross & Pines LLC, in Atlanta, Ga., on January 28, 2014.

Lawyer Says His Calls with Jailed Client Were Being Recorded

By Greg Land |

DA Paul Howard calls complaint a 'red herring,' says jail has a process to prevent recording of privileged calls

Parking Deck at 100 Luckie St, Atlanta Ga.

Bar Backs Out of Parking Garage Deal

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The State Bar of Georgia has backed out of a plan to purchase a $5 million parking garage near its downtown headquarters.

Bernard Taylor

Hawks CEO Discusses Alston & Bird Investigation Into Racist Remarks in Radio Interview

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin shed light on Alston & Bird's internal investigation that culminated in majority owner Bruce Levenson's resignation on Sunday in a radio interview on V-103 with Ryan Cameron, a DJ for the station who is also the Hawks' game announcer.

Terminus 200 building in Buckhead

Locke Lord's 15 ATL Lawyers Set to Double Their Colleagues

The American Lawyer Daily is reporting on the announcement that Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman have agreed in principle to merge, creating a firm with 1,076 lawyers.

Kent Altom manages the Georgia and Alabama litigation practice group at McCalla Raymer, a real estate law firm that primarily represents mortgage creditors with offices in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Associates, Here's What You Need to Know to Serve Yourselves Best

By Kent Altom |

The importance of "knowing yourself" is not just an aspiration peddled in a psychiatrist's office or a priest's pulpit. I want "knowing yourself" to be a reality for you. The truth of the matter is achieving self-awareness will serve you far better than mere self-confidence.

(l-r) Kurtis Tunnel, Marie-Joelle Khouzam, and Thomas Washbush.

How to Lure a Rival Managing Partner

By Katelyn Polantz |

We obviously are mainly focused on trying to recruit talent here that can help service and expand our client base.

Judge Mark Fuller

Columnist Compares Federal Judge to Ray Rice

By Alyson M. Palmer |

It was bound to happen: An Alabama newspaper columnist has compared a federal judge arrested in Atlanta last month on charges he beat his wife to Ray Rice, the football player indefinitely suspended by the NFL after video surfaced showing him hitting his wife.

The Home Depot Breach: Dealing With Cross-Border Cybercrime

By Sue Reisinger |

Home Depot Inc. confirmed this week what may be the largest U.S. data breach yet, affecting not only millions of customers in the U.S. but also shoppers at its 180 stores in Canada.

Atlanta Attorney Lisa West

Panel Revives Lawyer's Suit Over Security Line Fracas

By Alyson M. Palmer |

11th circuit sides with attorney who claims deputy violated her Fourth Amendment rights

Phyllis Holmen, executive director of Georgia Legal Services Program

Marking 40 years of free legal aid

By Phyllis Holmen | Special to the Daily Report |

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

Supporters gather at family law firm Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy’s Aug. 21 benefit for AVLF’s guardian ad litem program, which raised almost $16,000.
(from left): Michael Lucas, Carey Kersten, Avi Stadler, Jennifer Jackson,  Chelton Tanger, Jim McGinnis, Steve Allen, Marty Ellin, Hon. Wendy Shoob, and Julia Black.

On the Move: Lawyers Raise $16K for Guardians Ad Litem

By Meredith Hobbs |

An August fundraiser at family law firm Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy raised $15,950 to train volunteer guardians ad litem to represent children in contested child custody hearings in Fulton County Superior Court.

Geoffrey Pope, left, and J. Marc Howard represented the girl’s parents. Howard called the trial, in which they faced seven attorneys for the defendants, one of his toughest.

$3 Million Verdict in Problem Birth Case

By Greg Land |

Fulton jury finds against two of seven defendants for birth delay that resulted in girl's brain injury

David Phillips

Jones Day Handles Newell Rubbermaid Deal

By Meredith Hobbs |

Jones Day advised Newell Rubbermaid on its first big acquisition since 2008—the $308 million purchase of Ignite Holdings from private equity firm North Castle Partners. Ignite makes travel mugs and water bottles under the Contigo and Avex brands, and it expects to post $125 million in net sales in 2014.

The AG Sanction: What Would You Do?

Did the Department of Law improperly fail to disclose a key memo in a whistleblower suit? Or did the plaintiff's discovery request not cover the memo? We want to know your opinion in a single-question poll below.

Jill A. Pryor

Senate Confirms Jill Pryor to Eleventh Circuit

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted 97-0 to confirm Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit more than two-and-a-half years after the White House first nominated her to the post.

Top Georgia Verdicts 2013

Find out what a case is worth. Top Georgia Verdicts 2013 explores cases covered by the Daily Report and affiliate publication VerdictSearch.


Metro Cab Drivers Sue Uber

By Greg Land |

A group of Atlanta taxi drivers has filed a lawsuit against ride-share service Uber, arguing that the unregulated drivers are cutting into the cabbies' business without having to pay the thousands of dollars in fees regulated taxis have to pony up for city-issued medallions, insurance and other expenses.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson confers with defense attorney John Petrey, left, and DA Robert James during jury selection Monday in trial of DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.

Ellis Trial Off to a Slow Start

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Lawyers' questions during voir dire hint at their strategies for criminal trial of suspended DeKalb CEO

J. Paul Mitchell

Justices Press Doctors' Lawyer on Malpractice Affidavits

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Defense's 'strange reading' of law on finding new expert is questioned

Robert Hays

Robert Hays Re-Elected as King & Spalding's Chairman

By Meredith Hobbs |

King & Spalding's partnership has re-elected Robert Hays Jr. as the firm's chairman for an unprecedented fourth term. His new three-year term begins on Jan. 1, 2015.

Leaders Managing 'Staggering' Costs of Firm Merger Talks

By Gina Passarella |

In an economy in which revenue is hard to come by, mergers are increasingly viewed as a way for firms to capture market share. But merger discussions could also lead to lost revenue opportunities, making them a tricky proposition for firm leadership.

Jill A. Pryor

Senate Set to Vote on Jill Pryor at 5:30 p.m.

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Senate was poised Monday to vote on the nomination of Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Unfinished Business and Hourly Fee Matters: Whose Property Are They?

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

In a legal environment filled with merger mania, musical chairs for attorneys, and continued firm dissolutions, these decisions are important developments for managing law firms of all sizes.

Judge Gail Tusan, Fulton County Superior Court.

Fulton Courts, County Resolve Travel Expense Dispute

By Greg Land |

Fulton County officials and its judges have reached a tentative agreement to a dispute that led the Superior Court chief judge to threaten to jail top officials for not paying the judges' expense requests.

Teri McClure, chief legal, communications and compliance officer of UPS.

In-House Counsel Profile: United Parcel Service Inc.'s Teri McClure

By Richard Acello |

Teri McClure, chief legal, communications and compliance officer of UPS.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 DECATUR Suspended Dekalb County CEO Burrell Ellis appears before Judge Courtney L. Johnson in Dekalb County Superior Court during jury selection Monday, September 8, 2014. Ellis is accused of improperly pressuring county contractors for campaign contributions.

Ellis Jury Selection to Begin

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday morning in the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

John R. Monroe of represents three fathers suing for he right to carry firearms at school events.

Dads Sue to Carry Guns on School Grounds

By R. Robin McDonald |

At issue is a conflict between the restrictions in two state gun carry laws that took effect July 1

Will Microsoft Change How Firms Collaborate With Clients?

By Patrick Oot |

Matter Center for Office 365 shows that Microsoft understands how legal works with corporate clients.

The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change says Dexter King was not authorized to sign the 2007 licensing agreement to use materials from the King estate.

King Center, MLK Estate Fight

By Greg Land |

Licensing agreement, bookstore revenue at heart of latest MLK kin legal action

Judge Karen Pitman

Monroe County Probate Judge Said to Rescind Move to Retire

By R. Robin McDonald |

She also disputes that decision was linked to ethics inquiry; JQC chief confirms complaint

Judge Mark Fuller

Ala. Judge Sidesteps Wife-Battery Charges

By R. Robin Mcdonald and the Associated Press |

A federal judge from Alabama will enter a pre-trial diversion program to resolve a misdemeanor battery case against him that involved allegations he hit his wife during a fight at an Atlanta hotel.

JQC Puts Freeze on Judge's Ice Bucket Challenge

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

While social media sites have been awash in Ice Bucket Challenge videos, Georgia judges must refrain, according to the state's judicial watchdog agency.

Page Pate

The AG Sanction: Ex-Bar Leaders Are Wrong

The Sept. 3 ruling sanctioning the state Law Department and ethics commission director Holly LaBerge for not disclosing a memo in a whistleblower case against the commission has prompted debate among lawyers. We present two views on the situation: one from a statement sent by former leaders of the State Bar of Georgia to the news media, and, below, a response to that statement from a local lawyer.

Top, left to right: Jay Cook, Ben Easterlin, Jimmy Franklin. Bottom, left to right: Robert Ingram, Charles

The AG Sanction: Why it's Wrong

The Sept. 3 ruling sanctioning the state Law Department and ethics commission director Holly LaBerge for not disclosing a memo in a whistleblower case against the commission has prompted debate among lawyers. We present two views on the situation: below, a statement sent by former leaders of the State Bar of Georgia to the news media, and a response to that statement from a local lawyer.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens

AG's Office Maintains it Did The Right Thing in Not Disclosing Memo

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner and Greg Land |

Top lawyers confirmed senior assistant's decision not to tell opposing counsel about memo in ethics case

Craig Jones

11th Circuit: Cop Who Shot Teen is Immune from Liability

By R. Robin McDonald |

Decision overturns judge's ruling that Fulton officer should face trial on state negligence claims in accidental shooting

Probate Judge to Retire in Face of Ethics Inquiry

By R. Robin McDonald |

Monroe County's probate judge has agreed to retire from her post in December in order to forestall an ethics inquiry by the state's judicial disciplinary agency involving her handling of traffic tickets.

Brian Steel

Defense Lawyer Calls Hot Car Indictment 'Formidable'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

From the perspective of a criminal defense attorney, an indictment couldn't be any more challenging than the one a Cobb County grand jury returned Thursday against Justin Ross Harris on charges of murdering his toddler son by leaving him in a hot car.

Tom Mars

Ex-Wal-Mart GC Finds Same Philosophy at Taylor English

By Meredith Hobbs |

Former Wal-Mart GC Tom Mars has joined Taylor English Duma after a six-month, six-city search for a law firm. He said the firm's emphasis on teamwork and effective leadership was similar to Wal-Mart's corporate culture—and he found no other firms with its lower-cost business model.

Distribution of Child Porn Conviction Rejected by Court

By Gina Passarella |

The Third Circuit has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of distribution of child pornography because the images he placed in a folder on a file-sharing network were never viewed by anyone else.

Yelp Shakes Off Extortion Claims

By Marisa Kendall |

Small-business owners who accused Yelp Inc. of extorting them for advertising payments by manipulating user reviews hit a wall Tuesday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

(l-r) Robert Wilkins, Cornelia

Full DC Circuit to Hear Health Care Tax Credits Challenge

By Zoe Tillman |

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will consider a challenge to a key part of the Affordable Care Act—whether individuals buying health insurance on federally run exchanges can receive federal subsidies in the form of tax credits.

A federal trial judge in Louisiana on Wednesday upheld the state ban on same-sex marriage. Thea Mars of New Orleans, participating in a rally organized by the Forum For Equality in Louisiana, holds a sign in reaction to the judge's ruling.

Louisiana Federal Judge First to Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Ban

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Louisiana on Wednesday ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was constitutional

Justin Ross Harris

Dad in Georgia Hot Car Death Charged with Murder

By Kate Brumback |

More than two months after his son's death in a hot car, a Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours was charged with murder on Thursday.

Matt Jordan takes a break from riding in Fort Mountain State Park, outside Chatsworth.

Off The Streets And Into The Woods: Matt Jordan Rides The Trails

By Andy Peters |

Rugged Forest Service trails are highways to adventure for dual sport motorcyclist Matt Jordan

Clark D. Cunningham

Law Professor Suggests Attorney Discipline Investigation into AG's Office

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A Fulton County judge's order calling for $10,000 in sanctions against the state Law Department for failing to turn over discovery in a whistleblower lawsuit against the state ethics commission should prompt an investigation by the State Bar of Georgia, a local legal ethics professor said.

Left: Gwinnett County State Court Judge Shawn Bratton. Right, Lowndes County State Court Judge Ellen Golden.

County State Court Judges Take the Oath

Left, Gwinnett County State Court Judge Shawn Bratton. Right, Lowndes County State Court Judge Ellen Golden

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to Augusta DA on Statewide Award

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney R. Ashley Wright on receiving the District Attorney of the Year award for 2014, presented by the District Attorneys' Association of Georgia.

Justin Ross Harris

Cobb Grand Jury Indicts Ross Harris for Death of Son in Hot Car

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Cobb County grand jury has indicted Justin Ross Harris on the charge of murdering his toddler son by leaving him in a hot car.

Judge Ural Glanville

Judge levies $20K in Sanctions Against AG’s Office, Ethics Agency Head

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County judge has ordered the office of Attorney General Sam Olens and the head of the state ethics commission to pay $10,000 each as a sanction for discovery violations related to a whistleblower trial of the ethics agency's former executive director.

Leah Ward Sears is a partner at Schiff Hardin's Atlanta office and a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

JQC: Judges May Not File Amicus Briefs

By R. Robin McDonald and Kathleen Baydala Joyner |
Gregg Allman, of the Allman Brothers Band

CSX Says Film Crew Was Denied Track Access Before Crash

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press |

CSX Transportation twice denied producers of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman permission to shoot on its railroad tracks before a freight train slammed into the film's crew in south Georgia, killing one worker and injuring six, the company said in court documents..

Louisiana Ruling Breaks Pro-Gay Marriage Streak

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press |

A federal judge in New Orleans upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, a rare loss for gay marriage supporters who had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states.

Timothy K. Kuhner, J.D., LL.M., Associate Professor Law, Georgia State University College of Law

GSU Law Professor Fights Corporate Election Spending

By Meredith hobbs |

Georgia State University law professor Tim Kuhner is raising the alarm over recent Supreme Court rulings that equate free spending in elections with free speech.

Fujifilm Wins $10M Verdict in Kickback Case

By Greg Land |

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

Jonathan Pope

Plaintiff Wins $2.8 Million Verdict Against Dental Company in DeKalb

By Kathleen Baydala Jorner |

"The client paid over $20,000, much of which was never documented in her billing," said attorney, Jonathan Pope (pictured).

Mawuli Davis

Legal Observer Training Offered at Davis-Bozeman Firm

By Greg Land |

On Wednesday evening, the Davis Bozeman Law Firm is hosting a training session for those who want to serve as legal observers at demonstrations such as those that erupted in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the death of Michael Brown.

(left to right) Alice Egan Snedeker and Corey Manley, of Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris Recruits Two for IP Litigation Practice

By Meredith Hobbs |

Duane Morris' Atlanta office has recruited two lawyers for its intellectual property litigation practice: Corey Manley as a partner from the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis, and Alice Snedeker as an associate from a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Batten Sr.