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11th Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson

Judges Duel on Sentencing With Competing Mark Twain Quotes

By Alyson Palmer |

An illegal immigration case has caused a brewing debate at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit over criminal sentencing to boil over.

John Thomas Morgan III

Led by Former Georgia Prosecutor, NC College Students Urge Changes for Law Enforcement

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A college class taught by a prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney has some advice for the justice system about how to avoid deadly confrontations between citizens and police.

Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr.

Bedford Takes the Bench Seriously; Boats, Bicycling and the Beard Are for Fun

By Greg Land |

The holiday is still six months away, but Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. has already started growing the beard that will have become a snowy, chest-length cloud by Christmas Day, when he assumes his annual role of Santa Claus at Egleston Children's Hospital.

As September Launch Nears, GSU International Arbitration Center Taps Fellow

By Meredith Hobbs |

Georgia State University College of Law's new international arbitration center, which will open in September, has hired an international lawyer, Y. Grace Ha, as its first fellow. She will help develop programs and operating protocols.

Athens Clark County, Judge Leslie S. Jones

Municipal Court Leader: 'If You Do Weddings, You Have to Do All Weddings'

By Suzanne Monyak |

The president of the Council of Municipal Court Judges has instructed her members to follow their ethical obligations in regard to the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Bert T. Reeves emcee of Law Jam 2015

LawJam Raises $35,000; Electric Bonfires Triumph

By Meredith Hobbs |
Zachary W. Davis

Thomaston, Ga., Lawyer Chuckles at Its Top Ranking for Law Grads … But He Really Likes It

By Meredith Hobbs |

For law school graduates still seeking a job, Thomaston, Georgia, is the place to go—at least according to a data-analytics website called, which offers information about scholarships, schools and jobs.


Atlanta Lawyers Praise and Pick at Obama Overtime Proposal

By Suzanne Monyak |

Two Atlanta employment lawyers voiced opposing reactions to the U.S. Department of Labor's proposed expansion of how many workers are entitled to overtime wages, one hailing it as much needed and the other decrying it as bad for businesses.

Jury Awards $1.5M in Legal Mal Case

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury ordered a local lawyer to pay $1.5 million to a pair of investors whose money disappeared along with their dreams of a big payoff from a failed Costa Rican resort.

Law firm accuses The Cosmopolitan of keeping $3.35 million

An Atlanta law firm says The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas should return $3.35 million the firm's attorney wired to the casino-hotel without its knowledge.

Customer Audit Rights in Technology Agreements

By Jim Steinberg and Lance McCord | Special to the Daily Report |

In this article, we focus on a tool available to buyers who wish to verify that those commitments are being met: audit rights.

DeKalb County CEO found guilty of perjury, extortion charge

A suspended DeKalb County official accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions has been found guilty of attempted theft by extortion and perjury.

McKenna and Dentons Seal the Deal

By Meredith Hobbs |

McKenna Long & Aldridge's long-awaited merger with global megafirm Dentons took effect Wednesday, the two firms announced.

Firms Seeking Litigators, Survey Says

By David Gialanella |

Litigation generally, and insurance defense in particular, account for a significant portion of New Jersey law firms' hiring needs, according to a June 25 report.

Justice P. Harris Hines

Justices Require New Trial Over Judge's Handling of Jury Note, Issue 'Huge' Spoliation Ruling

By Alyson Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that a medical malpractice trial that ended in a defense verdict must be retried because the trial judge responded to a note from jurors without looping in the lawyers.

Douglas Selby

As GC to AME Church, Atlanta Bond Lawyer Witnesses Charleston Funeral

By Meredith Hobbs |

Doug Selby, an Atlanta bond lawyer at Hunton & Williams, was an eyewitness to history last Friday. As the general counsel of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Selby sat on the dais with other church leaders at the Charleston funeral for Rev.

Women's Health Care Center Sues Over 'Certificate of Need' Rules

By Greg Land |

A women's health care center in Cartersville has sued the commissioner and director of the Georgia Department of Community Health in an effort to strike down as unconstitutional the law requiring the issuance of a certificate of need (CON) before a heath care facility may open or expand.

Scott Masterson with Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard, & Smith

Lewis Brisbois' Atlanta Office Adds Partners

By Meredith Hobbs |

Continuing its hiring spree, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith added three new partners in June from a mix of large and small firms: Frank Brannen from King & Spalding, Jason Wright from Morris Manning & Martin and Terry Finnerty from Ford & Finnerty.

Georgia Bar Should Open Doors to Military Spouses With JDs [LETTER]

I write concerning the article, "State Bar's Governors Delay Vote on Admission of Military Spouses," (Daily Report, June 22) , in order to correct misstatements regarding the current options for military spouse attorneys who find themselves in Georgia due to military orders.

Lifetime Achievers: Jim Butler

By Ann Woolner | Special to the Daily Report |

Jim Butler had been in business as a solo practitioner for a single day in 1979 when he took a phone call from Forsyth County Sheriff Wesley Walraven, whose campaign he'd helped run three years earlier. Walraven told Butler that a woman whose brother had been hurt badly in a car wreck had been trying to reach him.

Lifetime Achievers: Miles Alexander

By Ann Woolner | Special to the Daily Report |

When Miles Alexander came to work at Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers, McClatchey & Regenstein in 1958 after a teaching stint at Harvard Law School, he joined Atlanta's largest firm. It had 14 lawyers.

DeKalb Recorder's Court to Be Erased Wednesday

By Greg Land |

As of Wednesday, July 1, the DeKalb County Recorders Court will no longer exist, with its functions assigned to the DeKalb County State Court and Magistrate Court.

Ga. Attorney General Sam Olens

AG Olens Elected to Lead Southern Region of National Association of Attorneys General

By Suzanne Monyak |

Attorney General Sam Olens was elected chairman of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General at the group's summer meeting in San Diego.

Lawyer Sworn In as DeKalb Superior Court Judge

By Suzanne Monyak |

Former Jones Day partner Jean-Paul Boulee was sworn in as a DeKalb County Superior Court judge on Monday morning during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

L-R Kate and Matt Cook

Legal Team Uses Google Street View Photos to Secure $4M Settlement

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A team of plaintiffs attorneys said they used Google Street View photographs to secure a $4 million settlement for a client who was paralyzed after falling from a billboard where he was working.

Fulton Sheriff's Office Warns of Scammers Posing as Victims' Jailed Relatives

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is reporting that an old con game with a slightly different twist has made a resurgence, with the names of unsuspecting Georgia lawyers being used to help sell the scam.


Jury Awards Low Verdict in DeKalb Car Accident Suit

By Suzanne Monyak |

A DeKalb County state court jury awarded a semi-professional football coach $7,000 in damages – less than half of a previous settlement offer – for injuries sustained during a car accident that left him with a deformed toe.

David Nahmias

Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Cobb's Braves Stadium Bond Deal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Cobb County Braves stadium deal is safe. The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the bond issue for up to $397 million to finance the deal, affirming a ruling by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard.

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.

Gay Marriage Ruling Leaves Questions, Work for Family Law Attorneys

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Creating, building and breaking up a family will be simpler under Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision giving gay couples the right to marry, said Georgia family law attorneys.


Lawyer Discipline: Supreme Court Reinstates Lawyer

The Court having reviewed the Notice of Compliance with Conditions submitted by the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, and it appearing that Michael F. Greene has complied with all of the conditions for reinstatement following his suspension by this Court

Jeffrey Fisher

Kilpatrick Lawyers Handling Asylum Case for Transgender Mexican Woman

By Meredith Hobbs |

A transgender woman from Mexico seeking asylum because she fears further abuse if she's deported will learn her fate on Tuesday. Jeff Fisher, an associate (above), and Michael Turton, a patent litigation partner, took the case pro bono.

L-R Boyd Beckwith and Jerry Hill were the second same sex couple to get married in Fulton County on the day the U.S . Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in the United states. Officiating the ceremony was Judge Pinkie Toomer, Fulton County Probate Court.

Lawyer and Her Wife Rejoice in Ability to Marry

By Greg Land |

Standing in the atrium of the Fulton County Justice Center, Joan Crumpler and Melinda Brewer proudly displayed their brand new marriage license, still somewhat shocked that they could get one.

Georgia's Quickie-Wedding Town Is Slow to Act for Same-Sex Couples

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Georgia town with a reputation for quickie weddings isn't moving so fast for same-sex couples.

Tara Borelli

Challengers of Georgia Marriage Ban Revel in High Court Ruling

By R. Robin McDonald |

A lawyer for plaintiffs in a federal suit that had sought to overturn Georgia's constitutional amendment and state statutes banning same-sex marriage called Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision a landmark ruling that "recognizes a same-sex couple's common humanity and dignity."

Fulton County Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Mass Ceremony Set for 1 p.m.

By Greg Land |

In the wake of Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming gay marriage as a constitutional right, the Fulton County Probate Court has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Columbus Ga.

With a Tweak of the Vows, Columbus Judge Is Ready for Same-Sex Weddings

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Muscogee County Probate Court Judge Marc Eric D'Antonio in Columbus said Friday his phone began ringing with inquiries about same-sex weddings soon after the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down bans against them was announced.

L to R: Mike Bowers and Robin Shahar

Lawyer Who Lost Job Over Same-Sex Union Reacts to Obergefell

By R. Robin McDonald |

When a federal appeals court in 1997 affirmed then-Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers' right to rescind a job offer to Atlanta lawyer Robin Shahar because she'd planned a religious ceremony to bless her same-sex union, Shahar never thought she would see same-sex marriage legalized in her lifetime.

High Court Strikes Down 'Vague' Part of Career Criminal Law

The Supreme Court on Friday struck down part of a federal law intended to keep people convicted of repeated violent crimes in prison longer.

Petrina Bloodworth and Emma Foulkes made history Friday morning as the first same sex couple to marry in Fulton County

First Same-Sex Couple Weds in Fulton County [VIDEO]

By Suzanne Monyak |

Petrina Bloodworth and Emma Foulkes made history Friday morning as the first same sex couple to marry in Fulton County, and possibly in the state of Georgia, less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Cobb County Courthouse

Cobb Judges Prepare for Group Wedding Friday at 4 p.m.

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriages, Cobb County judges are preparing for a group wedding at 4 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the new Superior Court building.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens

Olens Orders State Agencies to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

By R. Robin McDonald |

Within two hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, Georgia's attorney general issued a memo to state agencies and department heads requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriage "in the same way it recognizes marriage between a man and a woman."

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.

How We Got Here: 13 Key Legal Moments in Gay Rights in Georgia Before Today's Decision

By Alyson Palmer |

As lawyers around the country absorb the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which on Friday morning said the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize those marriages from other states, Georgia played a notable role in the history of the legal rights of gay people.

James Radford

Ex-Employee Sues State Agency Officials Over Nude Photos Demand

By Suzanne Monyak |

A former employee of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources says she was fired for reporting that a senior staffer demanded nude photos of her to secure a promotion.

Joel Ross Feldman

Data Security Is a Whole New Ballgame

By Joel Feldman |

Online voting has been a topic of intense debate, both inside and outside the legal community, for at least a decade.

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court moments before the court announced its opinion in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v Hodges.  June 26, 2015.

Same-Sex Marriage Wins in Historic Supreme Court Ruling

By Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle |

Same-sex couples have a constitutionally protected right to marry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday in a history-making victory for the gay civil rights movement. Justice Anthony Kennedy, adding to a trilogy of landmark rulings in which he has emphasized the equal rights and dignity of gay and lesbian Americans, led a 5-4 majority in holding that the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause prohibits states from denying marriage licenses to those citizens. The ruling also requires states to recognize the same-sex marriages of other states.

Paul Chichester IV

'Deed Dogs' Win $768K for Unpaid Overtime, Legal Fees

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge has granted more than $250,000 in legal fees to lawyers who won more than $500,000 for land title examiners and abstracters—sometimes called "deed dogs"—in a federal wage-and-hour suit.

Chatham Public Defender Takes University Post in England

By Meredith Hobbs |

The chief public defender in Savannah has resigned to become a visiting professor in England at Sheffield Hallam University.

Judge John Goger

Fulton County Superior Court's Business Court to Take International Arbitration Cases

By Greg Land |

With the late-September opening of an international arbitration center on the Georgia State University campus drawing near, the Fulton County Superior Court's Business Court—which specializes in complex commercial litigation—has been granted the authority to accept cases involving enforcement of international arbitral awards.

DaVita to Pay $450M to Settle Georgia Whistleblower Claims

By R. Robin McDonald |

DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc.,—the largest provider of kidney dialysis services in the nation—will pay $450 million to settle whistleblower claims that it artificially boosted profits by manipulating drug doses to patients and then overbilling federal health care programs, the acting U.S. attorney in Atlanta announced Wednesday.

The scene outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 25.

Health Care Law Subsidies Survive Supreme Court Challenge

By Marcia Coyle and Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld federal health insurance subsidies for an estimated 6.4 million moderate and low-income Americans. The ruling was the second time in three years that the high court prevented the complete unraveling of the Obama presidency's signature legislative achievement: the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

L-R Kevin Wallace (drums), James Trigg (guitar), John Renaud (bass).

The Kevins: Punk Rock Band Named for a Really 'Great Guy'

By John Renaud | Special to the Daily Report |

The Kevins is the last of seven lawyer bands to be profiled in the Daily Report. The bands will compete in the Atlanta Bar Foundation's LawJam 2015—the sixth annual battle of the Atlanta lawyer bands—at 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 27, at Variety Playhouse

Robert Buck

Nearly Half of $10M Asbestos Verdict Hangs on High Court Action

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Five years after he won a $10.5 million verdict, a man with a fatal form of lung cancer called mesothelioma awaits a decision from the Georgia Supreme Court on whether it will hear an appeal brought by a manufacturing company where he worked that used asbestos.

Paula Bielen, John Miller and Diana Taylor, all with Greenberg Traurig, prepare to paint picnic tables at Slater Elementary School.

16th Annual ServiceJuris Day [SLIDESHOW]

About 400 volunteers from more than 30 participating law firms and legal services companies turned out Saturday, June 20, for ServiceJuris.

GDLA President, Matt Moffett

New Defense Bar President to Focus on Image and Growth

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association has a new president with a mission to define the group's image.

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson (left), swears in Judge Sarah Doyle as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia. Donovan holds the bible for her mom as her husband James and son Davis look on.

Doyle Sworn in as New Chief Judge of Court of Appeals

By Alyson Palmer |

Making official a quick rise to the top leadership role at the Georgia Court of Appeals, Sara Doyle was sworn in as the court's chief judge on Wednesday.

Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes

Panel OKs Suit Alleging Hospital Disregarded Advance Directive

By Alyson Palmer |

A panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals has given the green light to a lawsuit over an Augusta hospital's alleged disregard of a patient's instructions to withhold certain lifesaving measures should her condition become dire.

In the dark.

Confessions of an E-Discovery Lawyer: We’re Light Years Behind

By Geoffrey A. Vance |

After what must be millions of hours of talk, we haven’t really even walked the first-generation TAR walk.

Workers from Alston & Bird and Warren Averett getting ready to start hammering away at the Buildable Hours house at 2897 1st Avenue in Hammond Park.

Law Firms Partner to Build House for Habitat [SLIDESHOW]

By Meredith Hobbs |

Alston & Bird, King & Spalding and The Coca-Cola Co.'s legal department are helping build a house for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity this summer.

Millard Farmer

Defendant Lawyers Push Back Against Civil Racketeering Claims

By R. Robin McDonald |

Lawyer Millard Farmer has asked a federal judge to dismiss a civil racketeering suit against him, contending it was intended to sideline a client's efforts to regain custody of her two children and to punish him for helping her.

Dennis Archer.

ABA Task Force: Bring Law School Costs Down

By Karen Sloan |

Law schools should provide students with better debt counseling, report more information about their revenues and expenditures, and experiment with ways to make a law degree more affordable, an American Bar Association task force has recommended.

L-R Terrence Bethune and Michael Goldberg

$1M-Plus Settlement in Fatal Valentine's Day Crash at Car Wash

By Greg Land |

The mother of a man killed on Valentine's Day when a car smashed into a Sandy Springs car wash as the victim paid his bill has settled her claims against the car wash and the driver's insurer for $1.25 million.


Alpharetta Man Convicted of Defrauding NASA

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal jury in Atlanta has convicted an Alpharetta man of defrauding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation of nearly $800,000, the acting U.S. attorney in Atlanta announced Tuesday.

Going In-House Later: A Modest Rebuttal

By Sonya Olds Som |

A managing director from legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa has this to say about laying the groundwork for an in-house career: proceed with caution.

Miami-Dade County Judge Fred Seraphin, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Fla. Judge in Hot Water for Denying Nursing Breaks to Attorney

By Julie Kay |

A Miami-Dade County Court judge is in hot water for allegedly denying trial breaks for an attorney and nursing mother to express her breast milk.

Robin Frazer Clark

To Make Your Mark at State Bar, a Few Shots of Maker's Mark Helps

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

There is no official drink of the State Bar of Georgia, but one fiery concoction has enough precedent to give it unofficial status and a thirst to sustain it.

Amanda Farahany

Jury Awards $2.2M Verdict Against Food Storage Company in 'Defecator' DNA Case

By Suzanne Monyak |

A jury awarded a $2,225,000 verdict against a food storage company in federal court Monday afternoon. "It was the verdict we were hoping for," said Barrett & Farahany's Amanda Farahany, (above), who represented plaintiffs Jack Lowe and Dennis Reynolds.

'Anxious Lawyer' Drops In on Georgia Bar During Resilient Roadtrip

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The State Bar of Georgia's annual meeting at Stone Mountain drew a visitor on a cross-country mission to discuss a topic not typically on the agenda for such gatherings: mental health challenges unique to the legal profession.

(left to right) Patrick T. O'Connor and Robert

State Bar's Governors Delay Vote on Admission of Military Spouses

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

When new State Bar of Georgia President Bob Kauffman presided over his first governing board meeting on Saturday, the first part of the session was tranquil. But the good spirits wore off quickly.

Judge Constance C. Russell

Appeals Panel Says 'Spectacle' of a Trial Shouldn’t Have Happened

By Alyson Palmer |

With one judge saying the case was a "spectacle," a panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that a criminal trial boycotted by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office shouldn't have taken place in light of an appeal filed by prosecutors.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham

State High Court Justice Crafts Fun in Wood and Paint

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham is often hailed as an elder statesman of the appeals courts and a trailblazer as the state's first African-American chief justice.

Lawyers at Three Big Atlanta Firms Win Burton Awards for Readable Legal Writing

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta lawyers from King & Spalding and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton are among the winners of this year's coveted Burton Award for good legal writing, along with Alston & Bird lawyers in Washington.

Justices Void Warrantless Inspections of Hotel Registries

By Zoe Tillman and Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Los Angeles city law that required hotel operators to make their guest registries available to law enforcement without a warrant.

Supreme Court Cuts Off Royalties for Spider-Man Toy

By Tony Mauro |

The inventor of a Spider-Man web-shooting device cannot extend his reach for royalties beyond the expiration of his patent, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Holland & Knight Lawyers Reverse $50 Million Default

By Noreen Marcus |

The intracacies of serving a lawsuit on a foreign government, in this case the Dominican Republic, tripped up Morgan & Morgan attorneys, a federal appeals court concluded.

Shinji Morokuma

Georgia Courts Receive Grant to Improve Language Accessibility

By Suzanne Monyak |

The Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Interpreters has been awarded a $15,000 grant to go toward the improvements of interpreter services in courts throughout Georgia.

Stone Mountain, Ga

The Venue Question: Is Metro's Mountain Better Than a Getaway to Beach?

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The venue for this year's State Bar of Georgia annual meeting was a hot topic of discussion throughout the three-day conference.

What to Do When Hiring a Contract Attorney

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

With rate pressures and expenses growing, law firms are looking for ways to make ends meet. One area that seems to be exploding is the use of contract attorneys. Often, these are attorneys willing to apply their legal training on selected projects without making a commitment to a full-time schedule or to a particular firm.

Stone Mountain, Ga

Highlights from the Georgia State Bar Annual Meeting [SLIDESHOW]

The State Bar of Georgia held its annual meeting Thursday through Sunday at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain State Park, with a variety of conferences and activities on the agenda.

Patrise Perkins Hooker.

State Bar Governors Narrowly Approve Incubator Program Funding

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors on Friday narrowly approved funding for a new lawyer incubator program through which up to 30 new graduates from Georgia law schools will receive mentoring, office space and other help to start small practices.

Fulton Probate Court Gears Up for Gay Marriage Ruling

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Probate Court Judge Pinkie Toomer said her 35-member staff has been "gearing up for lots of people" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is a constitutinal right in a case expected to be decided before the end of the month.

Tim Xia

China IP Practice Moves From Morris Manning to Locke Lord

By Meredith Hobbs |

Tim Tingkang Xia, who headed Morris Manning & Martin's intellectual property and international practices, has left for Locke Lord with another partner, IP litigator Bryan Harrison, and a 12-member IP team made up of an associate, four patent agents and seven staff.

Justice Hugh Thompson

Judges Grateful for More Pay, Want New Building

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Speaking Friday morning to the state bar's board of governors, whose audience included several state lawmakers, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson thanked the bar for its push for judicial pay raises.

Judge Roy Ferguson

TX Judge's Top 10 Tips for Winning Cases

By Angela Morris |

Here's the secret for lawyers to win all of their cases: Don't take losers, said 394th District Judge Roy Ferguson of Alpine.

David Cortman

Supreme Court Sign Ruling Could Create a Cottage Industry of Challenges

By Alyson Palmer |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down an Arizona town's sign ordinance, saying it violated the First Amendment because its rules for signs unjustifiably varied depending on the signs' subject matter.

Skyview Ferris Wheel in Atlanta

Fla. Tax Collector's Suit Targets Skyview Atlanta Ferris Wheel

By Greg Land |

Could Skyview Atlanta—the 200-foot Ferris wheel towering over Centennial Olympic Park—be headed for a tax sale on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse? According to a suit recently filed by a Florida tax official, Expo 60, the company that was formerly in possession of the mammoth attraction ride, illegally hauled it from Florida to Atlanta in 2013 while owing taxes that now total more than $350,000.

Jonathan Ringel

Editors Note: 125 Years Covering the Law

By Jonathan Ringel |

Profiles of Achievement

22 lawyers and judges look back on extraordinary careers.

Celebrating History and Honoring Lifetime Achievers

As the Daily Report celebrates 125 years serving the Georgia legal community, we recognize 22 lawyers and judges for their lifetimes of achievement.

Amanda Farahany

In 'Devious Defecators' Trial, Plaintiffs Seek Compensation for Mental Anguish

By Suzanne Monyak |

Jurors in federal court on Wednesday were asked to put a value on the emotional distress two men endured when their employer took DNA samples from them in an attempt to identify someone who had been leaving human feces in their workplace.

Here are the lifetime achievement award winners who attended Wednesday’s event. Back row, from left: Roy Barnes, Clay Long, Ben F. Johnson III, Chilton Davis Varner, Miles Alexander, Robert Benham, Michael Bowers, Laughlin McDonald, Patricia Barmeyer and Larry Thompson. Front row, from left: Bobby Lee Cook, Sonny Morris, Linda Klein, Horace Ward, Leah Ward Sears, Oscar Persons and Marvin Shoob.

The Daily Report’s Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner [SLIDESHOW]

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Daily Report selected 22 lifetime achievement award recipients. They were honored at a dinner Wednesday at the St. Regis in Buckhead.

A Lesson for Judges in Memory of the Governor Who Granted Clemency to Leo Frank

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A crowd that included a Georgia Supreme Court justice, an assistant attorney general, a superior court judge and a former governor gathered in the sunshine and 92-degree heat Wednesday to commemorate a plaque at the Atlanta History Center.

Judge J. David Roper

Augusta Judge Won't Pursue Contempt Against Clerk, but Writes a Pointed Memo

By Suzanne Monyak |

An Augusta judge has dismissed his contempt citation against the Columbia County Superior Court Clerk, ending a months-long dispute between them over the correct way to file documents.

The Daily Report Lounge Is Open in Room 120

If you'd like a comfortable place between meetings at the State Bar Annual Meeting, please drop by the Daily Report Lounge in Room 120. We have coffee, snacks, soft drinks, beer, wine—and good company. We look forward to seeing you there.


Lawyers Extol Virtues of Pro Bono Work

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Decatur lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm shared his own important case that reinforced his belief in the power of pro bono work.

Damon Elmore

Lawyer Nears Finish Line for Legal Services Fundraiser

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

By next week, lawyer Damon Elmore will have biked across all 159 of Georgia counties.

David Cortman

Handing Win to Georgia Lawyer, US Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Town's Sign Law, 9-0

By Alyson Palmer |

Handing a 9-0 win to Georgia lawyer David Cortman, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down an Arizona town's sign ordinance as in violation of the First Amendment.